Tim Sendelbach: Apples to Applies – Facts Matter
Editor-in-Chief, Firehouse Magazine

The American fire service is at a critical point in our development where change and opportunity are running on a parallel path. The demands for our services continue to change, expand and diversify. The depths of our knowledge and the technologies to which we have access are untold; time, motivation and fiscal creativity are our only limitations. This high impact, high-energy address will highlight the challenges we face as firefighters and fire officers to justify and quantify our efforts, to capture and produce quality data more efficiently and effectively in conveying the current and future needs of the fire service.


Fire Chief Len Garis: Evidence-Based Decision Making

Fire services are key to protecting lives while maintaining our civil infrastructure, but their high capital and labor costs often post significant financial challenges. They are one of the major budget items for most cities and municipalities. Fire service professionals make crucial decisions regarding the level of service they can provide their communities and the demands they are going to place on those communities. While understanding the invaluable role of fire services, both the public and municipal leaders are asking that significant decisions be based on hard evidence. Questions such as what is the issue’s underlying strategic value and what are the associated costs and benefits are commonly raised. This presentation has been created to help decision makers address those concerns. Evidence-based decision making is one of the more effective tools you can use to rationalize why a particular approach or program option was chosen. Evidence-based decision making is not new. Rather, it is a framework that brings together strategic planning with social and economic costing analysis within a transparent decision-making model.


Captain Eric Saylors: Sacramento Sleep Study

Sacramento Fire Department’s response to high call volume, cancer rates, cardiac events, and recent suicides. The presentation covers Sacramento’s methodology to study, intervene, and measure the results of sleep deprivation. Finally, the creator of the sleep study will discuss future strategies to cope with rising call volume in an underfunded agency.


Adopting Technology to Improve Fire Service Operations
Fire & EMS Industry Manager Mike Cox
Assistant Chief Dan Munsey

By establishing a strategy for appropriate technology implementation your department can more effectively identify hazards and develop an effective response strategy designed to mitigate the risks facing the public and firefighters.










Deputy Fire Chief Tom Clemo: The Power of GIS Data

The City of Santa Monica has adopted a 21st government model of data-driven decision-making, performance metrics, and performance budgeting. Gone are the days of using the argument “we are the fire department, therefore we need it.” This presentation centers on the use of analytical data to make funding, station location and deployment decisions for fire resources.


Division Chief David Rathbun: Thinking Outside the Box-Area Automated Run-Card Builder

Orange County Fire Rescue is using BARB to examine where improvements of service can be experienced by exchanging aid with the municipalities that reside within its borders and the surrounding counties. Orange County Fire Rescue has auto-aid agreements with seven municipalities and five surrounding counties. These auto-aid areas were developed a number of years ago based on the street networks that are no longer relevant and rudimentary analysis. Orange County purchased BARB a number of years ago and included the auto aid and mutual aid stations of other agencies in the configuration. Using this “auto-aid” build of BARB has allowed Orange County Fire Rescue to sit down with its auto-aid partners to develop new auto aid areas. The presentation “Thinking Outside the Box-Area Automated Run-Card Builder” will provide an overview of a real-world example of how OCFRD used BARB, along with other Deccan products, to overcome a challenge.


Assistant Chief Dan Munsey: 5 Powerful Ways ADAM “WOWS!” Community Leaders

Learn how San Bernardino County uses Deccan’s ADAM tool in five powerful ways; as a road map to becoming the department they want to be, as a way to remove politics from the equation, as a tool to evolve with the community, as a way to check “gut feelings” with data validation, and as a way to accurately interpret a flawed data set. You’ll also learn how they are currently using ADAM modeling for fire stations in multiple cities.


Deputy Fire Chief Stephen Kelley: Using Real-time CAD Data to Improve Operations

The City of Thornton Fire Department has utilized models to identify fire station locations, relocate apparatus, and predict demand for services. Historically, these models were developed using a combination of CAD and RMS data. The development and validity of these models is contingent on the quality of the data. What technology can be implemented to improve our systems? How do we use (near) real-time CAD data to analyze the models and improve the quality of our data sets? These are questions that the Thornton Fire Department has been attempting to answer for the past year.




Battalion Chief Jim Hartman: Data Analysis for the Non-Believer

There are two schools of thought when it comes to data in Fire and EMS. Give me more or why do you need that? There has to be a common ground and understanding between these two groups. The value of Data Analysis is evident to those that understand what the data is being used for but this is seldom the case with the rank and file.


Captain John Tobin: A LiveMUM Implementation Story

Not very long ago the Mesa Regional Dispatch Center (MRDC) in Mesa, AZ was using a laminated map and grease pencil to do their move-ups based solely on the on-duty supervisors gut instinct. The crews in the field felt the inconsistency and argued that some of the move-ups were the wrong thing to do. Without data, we had no way to validate our deployment decisions. In this session, we will discuss the implementation of LiveMUM for the MRDC and how Deccan Intl. assisted the MRDC in implementing a logical, data-driven deployment system.


Panel Discussion on Accreditation
Panelists: Fire District Chief Michael Barakey, Fire & EMS Industry Manager Mike Cox, Fire Chief Dave Hanneman, Captain Bill Williams
Moderator: Editor-in-Chief, Firehouse Magazine Timothy Sendelbach

Why accreditation? What is the value of going through the accreditation/ISO rating process? Panelists discuss lessons learned, their greatest challenges in the accreditation/ISO rating pursuit, and share advice for those currently going through the process. Learn how the use of Deccan and ESRI tools can also help assist your agency in the process.


Panel Discussion on Provider Wellness
Panelists: Deputy Chief Kasey Beal, Commander Brian Bregenzer, Captain Eric Saylors, Battalion Chief Stephen Yannarell
Moderator: John Peruggia

How do you view fatigue, and what do you do to address it with your employees? Hear the panelists perspectives on three different types of fatigue: physical fatigue, emotional fatigue, and sleep deprivation. It’s politically dicey to try to quantify this. It’s a liability issue, a union issue. Some people don’t want to admit it’s a real issue. How do you handle this? Do you see it as a problem? Do you have ways you attempt to address these issues?