I had the pleasure of speaking at the NFPA Responder Forum in Charlotte, NC yesterday. The Forum brought together representatives from 13 key fire organizations, subject matter experts, community leaders, and NFPA staff to address emerging issues.
My keynote presentation, titled "The Fire Fighter of the Future," was a one-hour presentation on smart fire fighting. I discussed the loss of civilian and first responder lives, property and economic stability and how it can be significantly reduced by exploiting new smart fire fighting opportunities. New technology, including cyber-physical systems, innovative building controls, intuitive fire-fighting equipment, and smart apparatus are revolutionizing emergency response. There is much to learn about collecting data from global sensors, processing the information centrally and utilizing the results locally. Smart fire fighting can help save lives and decrease injuries, improve fire fighter occupational health and safety, and enhance operational, fire prevention and protection efficiency.
My keynote was live-streamed during the event for all who pre-registered, and now the full video is available for free for users of Xchange. The following is a video preview:
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