Quickly find what you need
In a high-stakes scenario, there really isn’t time to thumb through numerous binders. You need to know how to proceed, and quickly, to maximize safety on the job.
With cloud-based document management software, you can easily search for exactly what you need. Simply enter your search term, and the software will do the work for you.
As an added benefit, when your firefighters know they can find valuable information easily, they will be more likely to use resources you provide rather than working from memory.
Access anytime, anywhere
Traditional, paper fire pre-plans typically stay in binders or file cabinets, making them difficult to access.
Unfortunately, though, your pre-plans really don’t do anyone much good if you don’t actually have easy access to them. You can allay this issue by keeping all your documents in one, central, online location.
Having access to these crucial documents anytime, anyplace increases the likelihood of success and safety. Digital fire pre-planning means you can pull up what you need from any device, from a laptop or tablet to a mobile phone.
Of course, you likely won’t be able to pull out your device at the scene of a fire. However, having these documents quickly accessible en route to a call gives you a chance to plan the best way to respond.
Making the switch to digital fire pre-planning
Efficiency, time savings, and money savings are all good reasons to consider changing how you handle pre-planning. However, since safety is your biggest priority, it will also likely be the most rewarding outcome of digital fire pre-planning.
According to Captain James Langdon of the North Charleston Fire Department, going digital with fire pre-planning has drastically improved operations and increased safety. In fact, the results have been so positive that he wishes his department had switched sooner.
“We don’t yet have statistics on the number of people who have been rescued, or how many dangerous situations we’ve prevented or how much time we’ve saved by decreasing the amount of paperwork,” he said in Fire Rescue Magazine. “But we do know that if a digital system had been in place during certain incidents … the tragedies surrounding those incidents might never have occurred.”