First responders and fire officers from 30 states, Canada and the UK joined industry thought leaders and NFPA staff for a second day of discussions regarding the importance of data for the fire service. Representatives from thirteen fire organizations were asked by NFPA's Chris Dubay, "How are you going to make a difference?"
Attendees heard a presentation from retired Chief Johnson of FirstNet about the broadband network that will fulfill a fundamental need of the public safety community and bring 21st century tools to tens of thousands of organizations and individuals that respond to emergencies. The NFPA Data Team then explained how the organization has invested in infrastructure, resources and staff to help local fire departments and the fire service, overall, to tell their story. Attendees learned about NFPA's Data Analytics Sandbox and efforts to combine existing resources, new data sources and first responder engagement so that the fire service can improve reporting, efficiencies, communications, incident command, and operations. Throughout the day there was an emphasis on the collection, analysis and sharing of data. The program wrapped with breakout groups providing spirited perspective and feedback on potential data solutions and challenges that are on the horizon.