Episode 33 – Fireworks Fighting Fires with Facts

Imagine walking through a fire incident. The structure is charred and smells of blackened wood. You’ve been carefully documenting the damaged areas searching for the ignition source. Then behind the burned out remains of a cabinet you find what’s left of a defective cable. You return to the station and file your report, happy with your work.

Unfortunately, the data collected from inspectors aren’t easily analyzed by a battalion chief. They’ll pull the reports and examine the incident, but they might miss a trend or pattern. Battalion chiefs have struggled to recreate a bigger picture of fire incidents on a macro level. How many incidents started with a frayed cable? Where were they located? Should we be changing how we attack structure fires in this area based on these reports? We have the data available but lack an efficient way to analyze it on a macro level. That is where Fireworks comes in.

Fireworks pens itself as a complete software solution for Fire Stations and EMS. The system is browser-based which means it is easily accessible for almost any device. Field inspectors will be able to fill out their reports using a check-list web interface. They can upload photos and other relevant documents. But the real advantage of the Fireworks system is how it helps firefighters with Pre-Planning.

The system pulls data from one central database, which means any inspection data can be used in pre-planning. Firefighters will have the latest data about a property in realtime when they respond to a call. Data that will be pulled includes hydrant locations, photos, and critical information from inspector reports. Having up to date information will make pre-planning more effective.

Finally, fire admins will have access to a plethora of information at their fingertips. They will be able to use the facts from inspection and pre-plan reports to find trends and patterns. Imagine being able to implement a policy that helps prevent future fires in an area. Or focusing on a specific type of training because your district has a higher rate of those types of fires. Now realize you don’t have to imagine it with Fireworks.