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Smart Firefighting Podcast covers real-world deployments of smart technologies through conversations with technologists, innovators, companies, and forward-thinking public safety and government agencies. Learn from interviews with leaders as they share their insights and offer their expertise every week!

Host Kevin Sofen is a co-founding member of the Smart First Responder Community who loves to explore change management and technology in public safety.

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Smart Firefighting Podcast covers real-world deployments of smart technologies through conversations with technologists, innovators, companies, and forward-thinking public safety and government agencies. Learn from interviews with leaders as they share their insights and offer their expertise every week!

Host Kevin Sofen is a co-founding member of the Smart First Responder Community who loves to explore change management and technology in public safety.

    Episode 211: RED Team's Drone Usage to Elevate Safety for Austin Fire Department with Jason Burnside

    Episode 211: RED Team's Drone Usage to Elevate Safety for Austin Fire Department with Jason Burnside

    How are aerial drones a cost-effective and accessible tool for public safety?

    Hello Smart Firefighting Community!

    Welcome to another episode of covering real world innovations via interviews with fire service and technology industry experts that empower YOU to develop your very own Smart Firefighting strategy!

    Welcome to this 20-episode ⁠⁠⁠⁠Texas Robotics Summit⁠⁠⁠⁠ Mini Series! This 4 day event (March 4-7, 2024) was hosted at the ⁠⁠⁠⁠Reveille Peak Ranch⁠⁠⁠⁠ and by our friends at ⁠⁠⁠⁠Granite Defense⁠⁠⁠⁠, and showcased the use of robotics (air/water/ground) in public safety via keynote presentations, training scenario stations, roundtable conversations, and more.

    In this episode:


    How aerial drones enhance Austin Fire Department's efficiency
    Success stories from the Robotics Emergency Deployment Team drone use
    Importance of training and standards in UAS programs

    Hear from Jason Burnside - firefighter, Program Manager, and member of Austin Fire Department's Robotics Emergency Deployment (RED) Team.

    Jason talks about the use of aerial drones in public safety, the value they bring to the fire department, and the success stories of their implementation. He also discusses the RED Team's mission to explore emerging technologies and integrate them into public safety.

    Jason also emphasizes the importance of training and professionalism in using drones and highlights the work of the IAFF IAFC Robotics Working Group in developing standards for public safety UAS programs.

    So click play now to find out what he has to share! And stay tuned for the next Mini Series episode!

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    Episode 210: Designing Software to Save Lives: DroneSense's Mission with Charles Herrin

    Episode 210: Designing Software to Save Lives: DroneSense's Mission with Charles Herrin

    When developing software for public safety, what do you need?

    Hello Smart Firefighting Community!

    Welcome to another episode of covering real world innovations via interviews with fire service and technology industry experts that empower YOU to develop your very own Smart Firefighting strategy!

    Welcome to this 20-episode ⁠⁠⁠Texas Robotics Summit⁠⁠⁠ Mini Series! This 4 day event (March 4-7, 2024) was hosted at the ⁠⁠⁠Reveille Peak Ranch⁠⁠⁠ and by our friends at ⁠⁠⁠Granite Defense⁠⁠⁠, and showcased the use of robotics (air/water/ground) in public safety via keynote presentations, training scenario stations, roundtable conversations, and more.

    In this episode:


    DroneSense's mission for better public safety software
    Importance of user-friendly design in emergency operations
    Collaboration between developers and first responders

    Learn from Charles Herrin - the Manager of Product Management at DroneSense.

    Charles talks about the importance of software in various industries, particularly in public safety. He explains that software is purpose-built to achieve specific outcomes and highlights the need for user-friendly and well-designed software in the public safety sector.

    Charles also shares insights into DroneSense's mission and features, emphasizing the importance of situational awareness and low-latency video streaming. And lastly, but certainly not least, he addresses misconceptions about software development and offers advice for companies looking to develop software for the public safety market.

    So click play now to find out what he has to share! And stay tuned for the next Mini Series episode!

    Head to ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠www.smartfirefighting.com⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ to discover how SFF accelerates innovation for emergency responders, to find out when our next event is, or review our curated resources!

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    Episode 209: The VTOL Evolution: A New Era of Rescue with Greg Lary

    Episode 209: The VTOL Evolution: A New Era of Rescue with Greg Lary

    What's an affordable and safe alternative to traditional helicopters for public safety agencies?

    Hello Smart Firefighting Community!

    Welcome to another episode of covering real world innovations via interviews with fire service and technology industry experts that empower YOU to develop your very own Smart Firefighting strategy!

    Welcome to this 20-episode ⁠⁠Texas Robotics Summit⁠⁠ Mini Series! This 4 day event (March 4-7, 2024) was hosted at the ⁠⁠Reveille Peak Ranch⁠⁠ and by our friends at ⁠⁠Granite Defense⁠⁠, and showcased the use of robotics (air/water/ground) in public safety via keynote presentations, training scenario stations, roundtable conversations, and more.

    In this episode:


    Pivotal's Helix: why it’s a game-changer in public safety
    Insights about affordable VTOL technology for first responders
    A look at Pivotal's commitment to innovation and safety

    Find out from Greg Lary - Head of Sales and Customer Experience at Pivotal.

    Greg introduces us to Pivotal's personal aerial vehicle, Helix, and its potential use cases in public safety. This conversation highlights Helix's affordability, safety features, and Pivotal's commitment to perennial R&D in perfecting electric VTOL flights. We also touch on future development plans, obstacles and challenges for Pivotal, and offer an invitation for interested individuals to get involved.

    So click play now to find out what he has to share! And stay tuned for the next Mini Series episode!

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    Episode 208: Navigating Safety: Drones' New Horizons with Raymond Sheh, Jordan Odell & Syed Izzat Ullah

    Episode 208: Navigating Safety: Drones' New Horizons with Raymond Sheh, Jordan Odell & Syed Izzat Ullah

    How can you manage risk and prevent failures?

    Hello Smart Firefighting Community!

    Welcome to another episode of covering real world innovations via interviews with fire service and technology industry experts that empower YOU to develop your very own Smart Firefighting strategy!

    Welcome to this 20-episode ⁠⁠Texas Robotics Summit⁠⁠ Mini Series! This 4 day event (March 4-7, 2024) was hosted at the ⁠⁠Reveille Peak Ranch⁠⁠ and by our friends at ⁠⁠Granite Defense⁠⁠, and showcased the use of robotics (air/water/ground) in public safety via keynote presentations, training scenario stations, roundtable conversations, and more.

    In this episode:


    Importance of safety in public safety aviation
    The critical role of communication and interoperability
    Advancing technology through standards and risk management

    Hear from Raymond Sheh, the UAS Research Lead at NIST, Jordan Odell, member of NIST-PSCR Mission Critical Communications Group, and Syed Izzat Ullah, a Doctoral Student at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

    Our guests discuss the challenges and importance of integrating robotics technology into public safety. They highlight the need for safety regulations and robust autonomous drone navigation systems, plus emphasize the role of communication systems and interoperability in public safety.

    They also stress the importance of managing risks and conducting root cause analysis when things go wrong, and talk about the role of standards in measuring progress and improving technology. The conversation ends with a focus on building connections and transitioning technologies to benefit first responders.

    So click play now to find out what they have to share! And stay tuned for the next Mini Series episode!

    Head to ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠www.smartfirefighting.com⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ to discover how SFF accelerates innovation for emergency responders, to find out when our next event is, or review our curated resources!

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    • 27 min
    Episode 207: Above & Beyond: The Use of Robots in Current & Future FDNY Operations with Michael Leo & Fred Carlson

    Episode 207: Above & Beyond: The Use of Robots in Current & Future FDNY Operations with Michael Leo & Fred Carlson

    How does the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) use drones?

    Hello Smart Firefighting Community!

    Welcome to another episode of covering real world innovations via interviews with fire service and technology industry experts that empower YOU to develop your very own Smart Firefighting strategy!

    Welcome to this 20-episode ⁠Texas Robotics Summit⁠ Mini Series! This 4 day event (March 4-7, 2024) was hosted at the ⁠Reveille Peak Ranch⁠ and by our friends at ⁠Granite Defense⁠, and showcased the use of robotics (air/water/ground) in public safety via keynote presentations, training scenario stations, roundtable conversations, and more.

    In this episode:


    FDNY's innovative use of drones for water rescues
    Overcoming NYC's unique challenges with robotics
    Embracing future tech for better firefighting tactics

    Learn from New York City Fire Department's Captain Michael Leo and Lieutenant Fred Carlson.

    Our guests discuss using drones and robots in their operations at FDNY. They explain how drones are used for shark patrol and water rescues, as well as the challenges faced by FDNY in providing life-saving services in a densely populated city like New York.

    They also highlight the various robots FDNY uses, such as ground robots and sonar-equipped boats, and the value they bring to firefighting and public safety. We end by talking about future technology adoption and the importance of collaboration between companies and FDNY.

    So click play now to find out what they have to share! And stay tuned for the next Mini Series episode!

    Head to ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠www.smartfirefighting.com⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ to discover how SFF accelerates innovation for emergency responders, to find out when our next event is, or review our curated resources!

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    • 29 min
    Episode 206: Flying Beyond Fires: How Drones Help First Responders Save Lives with Bobby Ortiz

    Episode 206: Flying Beyond Fires: How Drones Help First Responders Save Lives with Bobby Ortiz

    What fire department challenges can be addressed with drones and robots?

    Hello Smart Firefighting Community!

    Welcome to another episode of covering real world innovations via interviews with fire service and technology industry experts that empower YOU to develop your very own Smart Firefighting strategy!

    Welcome to this 20-episode Texas Robotics Summit Mini Series! This 4 day event (March 4-7, 2024) was hosted at the Reveille Peak Ranch and by our friends at Granite Defense, and showcased the use of robotics (air/water/ground) in public safety via keynote presentations, training scenario stations, roundtable conversations, and more.

    In this episode:


    Exploring drones in fire services at Texas Robotics Show
    Challenges for fire departments with adopting tech solutions
    Importance of networking and learning in the fire service community

    Hear from Bobby Ortiz - the Battalion Chief for Travis County Emergency Services.

    Chief Ortiz emphasizes the importance of embracing technology in the fire service and highlights the applications of drones in emergency situations. He also addresses the challenges fire departments face and encourages tech companies and entrepreneurs to develop user-friendly and collaborative solutions. Lastly, Chief Ortiz emphasizes the need for networking and continuous learning in the fire service.

    So click play now to find out what he has to share! And stay tuned for the next Mini Series episode!

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Showcase of new tech and current issues. Every industry needs a podcast like this.

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EP12 is definitely worth a listen here - for school-house instructors and tech parters

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