How New Technologies are Helping Our Town Heroes

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For years individuals and professionals across many industries have experienced improvements in their personal lives and in the workplace due to new technology. Now another segment of professionals can experience the benefits of what new technology can do to improve how they perform their jobs too – our own town heroes – the firefighters in our local community. Now with the use of a touchscreen tablet that simulates hypothetical situations as it relates to how a fire could spread, they can now fight blazing fires more efficiently.

This touchscreen tablet allows firefighters such as the Utah Fire and Rescue Academy to experience a working model of this new device in action. It allows them to be better prepared to put out fires as they now can gain a better understanding of how the fire may have spread. This is made possible as a result of three-dimensional map projections, which, through this recent technology (that is similar to holograms that pop up from the floor), shows firefighters and relevant staff a simulation of how a real fire could spread.

It also provides an indicator as to how traffic could interfere with their ability to gain access to the fire as well, in addition to how an unforeseen issue such as a gas leak could create further complications.

Additional features consist of being able to pull up a wide range of likely scenarios that could be accessed through the menu housed on the touchscreen tablet. Some common scenarios that many firefighters face can be simulated on the three-dimensional map, such as a chlorine gas leak that begins to rise slowly and then spread in the direction of a busy area possibly filled with passing cars and with homes. This hypothetical simulation allows firefighters to better plan how to go about battling the blaze in the most efficient way possible.

Battling the Learning Curve

Although this technology has made some great inroads into how firefighters battle fires going forward, there is still a learning that they must first Asttle as well.

As with all new technology, this three-dimensional touchscreen tablet will require intense training on all of the required elements before its actually implemented as part of the firefighters day-to-day tools that are used to help them combat fires.

It requires two days of training that covers a wide variety of areas; including driver safety, the best way to investigate a scene to better determine causes of various fires, along with other requirements. In fact, a two-day training has already taken place at the Dixie Center at their Dixie Applied Technology College, where over 700 firefighters were trained by 130 instructors from nearby areas.

This and similar technology can be attributed to colleges and universities that offer coding that results in the great technology that your reading about today.

Why Coding Bootcamps are Effective

Many people do not realize the importance of coding and the impact that it can have on individual’s personal lives as well as on the lives of everyday professionals.

Similar to the two-day Boot Camp held for the firefighters, there are also programs such as the coding Bootcamp Phoenix University offers to its students to transform average careers into new tech-savvy careers.

Their training program allows students to learn how technology can significantly enhance their careers and lend itself to a wide variety of other solutions through the use of coding.

Other Technological Solutions that Benefit Firefighters

Additional technological solutions that benefit firefighters include other touchscreens, such as the Mondopad, an oversized HD touchscreen that offers an all in one solution with interactive intuitive elements for aid firefighters in doing their jobs.

This Includes the ability to provide integration with PCs, whiteboarding and video conferencing. Not only does it have the potential to become interactive, but it also provides remote viewing – which allows other coworkers to participate remotely. It’s a very simple way for firefighters to allow this new technology to become integrated into their agency.

According to Forbes, firefighters receive data from a variety of sources at one time prior to and while in route to putting out fires. Those who are forward thinking can find ways to ensure they arrive at the scene with the right data that results in their best performance to do a job well done by our local heroes.