During desperate times when municipal budgets are being slashed — service demands are growing like cities — doing more with less has become our new norm during unprecedented times like COVID-19. Fire departments are no different.
Paul Martin, President & CEO, APX Data
On August 4th, the day of the Beirut explosion, 10 brave responders walked into a situation with very little knowledge of the dangers that laid ahead of them, ready to put the wet stuff on the red stuff until it was too late.
All of us watched on December 2, 2016, at approximately 11:20 PM when this horrible fire broke out in a former warehouse converted into an artist collective with living spaces known as Ghost Ship. There isn’t a single city in America that can afford what happened in the City of Oakland California — a $32 million legal settlement.
COVID-19 has changed every industry, including Fire Departments. While we all try and cope with the new “normal” and places opening up, fire departments across the nation are experiencing budget cutbacks, furloughs, and worst of all, possible fire station shutdowns.
In this modern age of technological wonder, where all aspects of life are connected to a myriad of devices and systems, why is it that fire departments and emergency services are so far behind the curve?
Up until 2017, no scientific research had been conducted on first responders’ needs and preferences for digital pre-incident plans. That year, APX collaborated with the University of Ottawa to launch a research project to collect the data.