Fire Safety Goes High Tech
The Fire Marshal’s office has found a way to become more
efficient when completing fire safety and food safety related
reports out in the field. The building inspection process has
always required an individual who was inspecting a building to
take handwritten notes in the field, later translate those notes
in the office, type the notes into a report, and send out the
completed report. The long arduous process will take place no
Deputy Fire Marshal’s Lance Wilson and Chris McDonald found a
way to streamline that process by developing an inspection
program utilizing Sharepoint and Microsoft Access. This
inspection program reduced the time in the field and the typing
of the report, but the process still required handwritten notes
to be taken and translated.
So Lance and Chris decided to take it to the next level. They
created a way to use the iPad for inspections. Now instead of
taking handwritten notes, the violations are entered directly
into the iPad which also eliminates the note translation step
from the process.
This process has dramatically streamlined the route and also
produces a more professional looking report. The results are
significant with as much as 25 percent time savings on each
inspection. The more professional-looking end product, which can
be e-mailed directly to the department from the iPad, has really
saved the department time and money. Going green is important to
the Department of Public Safety and this new implementation
eliminates the use of paper completely!
This program has been so successful for the building inspections
that Fire Marshal Bob Bowden has implemented it into the food
safety program. “Our department is very fortunate to have
employees who are inventive, resourceful and technologically
savvy,” commented Bowden on the innovation of his staff.