NFFF hosts summit on ties between technology and firefighter health and safety

The 3-day event will include expert presentations and brainstorming groups for improving current technology

EMMITSBURG, Md. — The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation is hosting a Fire Service Technology Summit in Oakland, California, July 24-26 to further examine the current state of technology in the fire service and how to improve firefighter outcomes.

Mobile devices and software application technology are being used in the fire service for a variety of operations and functions to support incident command. Presentations by experts and researchers in the areas of health, risk reduction, communication and safety will include: “My Journey with Technology in the Fire Service—the Good, the Bad, and the Failed” by  retired Phoenix Chief Alan Brunacini and the keynote address, “The Future American Firefighter” by Casey E. Grant, P.E., of the Fire Protection Research Foundation, NFPA.

During breakout sessions, the participants will develop recommendations for improving current technological advancements, informing, educating and training firefighters in existing technologies, and identifying opportunities for collaboration with the technology industry.
 “By understanding how these technologies are currently being used and the potential for other operations, we believe we will continue to see great improvements in the health and safety of our nation’s firefighters,” Chief Ronald J. Siarnicki, Executive Director of the NFFF said.

The Fire Service Technology Summit is sponsored by RescueAir Systems. “This sponsorship represents a major commitment by RescueAir to support the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation in its efforts to reduce firefighter line-of-duty deaths and injuries,” Anthony J. Turiello, CEO of RescueAir Systems, Inc said. “Examining how these technologies are used on fire-ground operations, prevention tactics, training and communications, also supports our efforts to Build a Legacy of Safety for the entire U.S. Fire Service.” 

Follow the NFFF on Facebook for updates from the summit. A final report will be available in the Fall of 2016. 

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