What is your FDs Biggest Challenge When it Comes to Technology?
While walking the show floor at FDIC last week I had the chance to visit with dozens of exhibitors who were displaying the most up-to-date technology for the fire service. From firefighter tracking to dispatch assistance to hazmat monitors, there was something for every level of the fire service, whether career or volunteer.
I was curious what has the biggest impact on your fire department for taking the leap to the next level with technology. Is it the lack of understanding the pros and cons of the various gadgets? Does your department have a technology committee, or are the purchasing decisions made by those who use flip phones and don't trust Google or Bing?
How about something as simple as budget cuts that kept MDTs from your units in the field?
What barriers have you found when trying to bring updated technology to the forefront of your fire department's mission to save lives and property?