116 episodes

Smart Firefighting Podcast covers real world deployments of smart technologies through conversation 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 WeRespond smart firefighting community who is very passionate about smart technologies, the future of public safety and the critical combination of the two.

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Smart Firefighting Podcast covers real world deployments of smart technologies through conversation 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 WeRespond smart firefighting community who is very passionate about smart technologies, the future of public safety and the critical combination of the two.

    Episode 109: Leveraging Immersive Learning & Digital Engagement with Samantha Matthews

    Episode 109: Leveraging Immersive Learning & Digital Engagement with Samantha Matthews

    Hello Smart Firefighting Community!

    Who says gamified content can't help first responders reduce risk?

    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!

    In this episode:

    - How LOCI combines the human experience, our physical beings, & tech to enhance our lives

    - How web 3.0 technologies increase safety & efficiencies

    - How to build behavior-changing training tools

    An early adopter of webXR and Web3 protocols, Samantha uses immersive learning, digital presence and web-based accessibility to build behavior-changing training tools and bring safety into the future. Full of passion with a desire to disrupt and advance society forward, the current CEO / CTO founded LOCI, a location-based game engine that generates gamified content based on surroundings that measurably reduces risk in any environment. The innovative safety training platform’s powerful no-code course creator lets those liable for the safety of others build custom learning experiences that empower people with stronger recall in times of emergency. 

    Connect with Samantha: LinkedIn | Twitter | Instagram

    Follow LOCI: LinkedIn | Twitter | Instagram

    Episode Resources:

    - LOCI's YouTube Channel

    - Learn By LOCI on Apple Podcasts

    - Learn By LOCI on Spotify

    Join our SFF Community!

    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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    • 57 min
    Episode 108: First Responder Smart Tracking (FRST) Challenge with Dan Munsey & Stefan Truthän

    Episode 108: First Responder Smart Tracking (FRST) Challenge with Dan Munsey & Stefan Truthän

    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! This is the 4th and final episode of our FRST Challenge Mini Series!

    It's time to understand the relationship between innovative engineering and public safety management, so let's hear from experts on both ends of the spectrum: "smart cities" visionary Stefan Truthän and Fire Chief Dan Munsey, MPA, CFO.

    In this episode:

    - What is FRST Challenge?

    - Why do first responders need 3D tracking technology?

    - How can you participate in the competition?

    Chief Munsey has been with San Bernardino County Fire Department for over 26 years, working his way up the ladder until he became Chief more than 2 years ago. Truthän may not be a firefighter himself, but proven by his 20 years as CEO of hhpberlin, his engineering career has been dedicated towards reshaping the first responder industry into a safer, more sustainable and more comfortable environment. With a special focus on "smart cities" - a technologically modern urban area that uses different types of methods and sensors to collect specific data - Truthän offers context into how FRST Challenge competitors' tracking device submissions would greatly improve the quality of firefighters' operations while Chief Munsey references his experiences in the field to provide insights into why first responders desperately need this technology.

    FRST Challenge exists to identify 3D tracking technology that can give first responders one-meter accuracy in an indoor setting (use cases include emergency rescue operations and survivor location within large buildings) and to provide competitors with entrepreneurial mentoring. Funded by PSCR, a total of up to $5.6 million in prizes and support funding will be distributed across all 5 phases to aid participants in purchasing materials, forming teams, and creating partnerships to develop their innovation. Prize money grows as teams advance through each phase, and several winners will ultimately be selected in Phase 5 to receive the largest cash prizes.

    The application for Phase 1 is due on January 31, 2022, so email info@FRSTChallenge.com to find out how to participate!

    Follow FRST Challenge: Twitter | Facebook

    Join our SFF Community!

    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!

    Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn

    • 26 min
    Episode 107: First Responder Smart Tracking (FRST) Challenge with Jaap de Vries

    Episode 107: First Responder Smart Tracking (FRST) Challenge with Jaap de Vries

    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! This is the 3rd episode of our FRST Challenge Mini Series!

    Here's how you can join Jaap de Vries, Ph.D. in creating a smarter, more resilient future for first responders...

    In this episode:

    - What is FRST Challenge?

    - Why do first responders need 3D tracking technology?

    - How can you participate in the competition?

    Previous VP of Innovation, Science and Technology for FM Global - a mutual insurance company whose capital, scientific research capability and engineering expertise are solely dedicated to property risk management and the resilience of our client-owners - de Vries was responsible for building a network of sources to identify, research and assess emerging signals of change in the market, new technologies and scientific advances. His main goal was to discover and develop new opportunities to guide strategic planning efforts. During his time, de Vries established the company’s Advanced Technology Laboratory in Norwood, MA, and demonstrated augmented reality, virtual reality, drone technology and rapid prototyping.

    Since creating new opportunities via technology has always been the focus of his career, de Vries is eager to find out what innovators develop in the upcoming competition. FRST Challenge exists to identify 3D tracking technology that can give first responders one-meter accuracy in an indoor setting (use cases include emergency rescue operations and survivor location within large buildings) and to provide competitors with entrepreneurial mentoring. Funded by PSCR, a total of up to $5.6 million in prizes and support funding will be distributed across all 5 phases to aid participants in purchasing materials, forming teams, and creating partnerships to develop their innovation. Prize money grows as teams advance through each phase, and several winners will ultimately be selected in Phase 5 to receive the largest cash prizes.

    The application for Phase 1 is due on January 31, 2022, so email info@FRSTChallenge.com to find out how to participate!

    Follow FRST Challenge: Twitter | Facebook

    Join our SFF Community!

    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!

    Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn

    • 11 min
    Episode 106: First Responder Smart Technology (FRST) Challenge with Christian Tubbs

    Episode 106: First Responder Smart Technology (FRST) Challenge with Christian Tubbs

    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! This is the 2nd episode of our FRST Challenge Mini Series!

    Who else understands the importance of location tracking better than the prior Logistician and Task Force Safety Officer (TFSO) who deployed the Washington State Urban Search and Rescue Team (WATF-1) to the Oklahoma City Bombing and Hurricane Katrina?

    In this episode:

    - What is FRST Challenge?

    - Why do first responders need 3d tracking technology?

    - How can you participate in the competition?

    Chief Christian Tubbs has a 40+ year career in the fire service with a background full of highly accredited certifications, degrees, and member statuses. Current Fire Chief for the Mill Valley Fire Department, he also serves as the Northern Division Director and E-Board Member of CalChiefs, as an E-Board Director and Treasurer (NISC) with the National Information Sharing Consortium, and as a Principal Member on the NFPA 950 & 951 committees. Chief Tubbs has also previously served on the IAFC Technology Council, the Department of Homeland Security’s Incident Management Information Sharing Committee (IMIS-SC), the Department of Homeland Security's Virtual Social Media Working Group (VSMWG), and the Board of Directors of the Homeland Security Information Network Advisory Committee (HSIN).

    Given the chief's experiences leading teams into extremely dangerous operations, his - along with all other firefighters' - resultant plea for accurate GPS tracking is crystal clear - and being addressed. FRST Challenge exists to identify 3D tracking technology that can give first responders one-meter accuracy in an indoor setting (use cases include emergency rescue operations and survivor location within large buildings) and to provide competitors with entrepreneurial mentoring. Funded by PSCR, a total of up to $5.6 million in prizes and support funding will be distributed across all 5 phases to aid participants in purchasing materials, forming teams, and creating partnerships to develop their innovation. Prize money grows as teams advance through each phase, and several winners will ultimately be selected in Phase 5 to receive the largest cash prizes.

    The application for Phase 1 is due on January 31, 2022, so email info@FRSTChallenge.com to find out how to participate!

    Follow FRST Challenge: Twitter | Facebook

    Join our SFF Community!

    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!

    Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn

    • 15 min
    Episode 105: First Responder Smart Tracking (FRST) Challenge with Christopher Naum

    Episode 105: First Responder Smart Tracking (FRST) Challenge with Christopher Naum

    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! This is the 1st episode of our FRST Challenge Mini Series!

    Tracking has long been a problem even though it's vital for operational safety, so innovators worldwide are working to improve first responders' lives everywhere...

    In this episode:

    - What is FRST Challenge?

    - Why do emergency responders need 3D tracking technology?

    - How can you participate in the competition?

    With 46 years of experience and the reputation of a highly regarded global instructor plus national author, lecturer and fire officer, who better than to hear about the necessity of FRST Challenge other than Christopher Naum, SFPE? 

    Current Chief of Training for the Command Institute of the Center for Fireground Leadership and Technical Consultant/Advisor & SME to the National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health Firefighter Fatality Investigation Program, Naum is a leading advocate on firefighter safety, Operational Risk Modeling and Adaptive Fireground Management as well as a recognized authority on Building Construction and Fireground Operations. With a distinguishing record of accomplishments and over 20 years of experience in the Fire and Emergency Services, Architecture Engineering, Fire Protection, Industrial Safety, Behavioral Based Safety, and academia/research, Naum has been lecturing globally for over 37 years and is a former instructor with the National Fire Academy. Lastly, but certainly not least, he was a 27 year Contributing Editor with Firehouse Magazine® & Firehouse.com®.

    Just like all other firefighters, Naum has witnessed how inaccurate GPS tracking aggravates operations - causing a loss of time and control - and is eager to see what developers submit for the competition. FRST Challenge exists to identify 3D tracking technology that can give first responders one-meter accuracy in an indoor setting (use cases include emergency rescue operations and survivor location within large buildings) and to provide competitors with entrepreneurial mentoring. Funded by PSCR, a total of up to $5.6 million in prizes and support funding will be distributed across all 5 phases to aid participants in purchasing materials, forming teams, and creating partnerships to develop their innovation. Prize money grows as teams advance through each phase, and several winners will ultimately be selected in Phase 5 to receive the largest cash prizes.

    The application for Phase 1 is due on January 31, 2022, so email info@FRSTChallenge.com to find out how to participate!

    Follow FRST Challenge: Twitter | Facebook 

    Join our SFF Community!

    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!

    Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn

    • 30 min
    Episode 104: EaseAlert: Tactile Firefighter Alerting System (FFAS) with Brad & Blake Richardson

    Episode 104: EaseAlert: Tactile Firefighter Alerting System (FFAS) with Brad & Blake Richardson

    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!

    How can alerting firefighters differently help them get in the zone?

    In this episode:

    - How do audible alerting systems affect a firefighter’s health?

    - How can tactile alerts improve efficiency for firefighters?

    - Why is alerting redundancy so important?

    And who better to share new tactical notification systems that better dispatch and alert firefighters than the father-son duo behind-the-scenes? 

    Blake Richardson grew up around the firehouse. His dad, Brad Richardson, is a captain and paramedic for a fire department in northern Florida. Brad became the inspiration behind EaseAlert when Blake noticed the toll that firefighting was taking on his dad each day that he returned from duty. Blake wanted to come up with a way to make his dad’s job less stressful. EaseAlert is that solution. Blake and co-founder/COO, Elezar Tonev began working on EaseAlert in 2019. With its suite of tactile alerting devices, EaseAlert is redefining alerting systems and setting the bar for heart smart alerting in the fire service. Today, they have a fully functional system and their brand new Firefighter Alerting System is beginning to catch the attention of fire departments around the United States.

    Connect with Blake: LinkedIn

    Follow EaseAlert: LinkedIn | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube

    Episode Resources:

    - More podcast interviews: Fireground Fitness | Fire Engineering

    - WCJB Article

    - News4Jax Article

    - St. Augustine Article

    Join our SFF Community!

    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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    • 25 min

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