What is a ‘Smart City’? According to Wikipedia, it’s an “area that uses different types of electronic Internet of things sensors to collect data and then use these data to manage assets and resources efficiently.” Smart technologies are now being planned into every aspect of the urban environment, and that trend is now trickling down into communities of every size.
To help fire departments plan for a smarter – and safer – future, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation is hosting the first ever Fire Service Innovation in Safety Symposium on September 24 – 26. It will be held in Philadelphia, an emerging hub of technology and innovation, and will be hosted by Philadelphia Fire Commissioner and OEM Director Adam Thiel. This event will provide fire service personnel, city managers, and interested stakeholders with a unique opportunity to:
- Hear innovators and change agents from other industries share success stories that can be directly applied to the fire service.
- See what’s on the horizon for smart technologies that will impact firefighters and fire departments in the near future.
- Provide input to guide their fire service organizations in taking a leadership role in the “Smart Cities” movement.
The Symposium agenda features some of the most innovative minds in the fire service, technology, urban planning, medicine, and other fields. Here are some highlights:
Dr. Stephen Klasko
He and his team have disrupted the medical education system to train creative, team-oriented, and empathetic physicians. They have embraced telemedicine to improve accessibility to care as well as the physician-patient experience. Dr. Klasko acknowledges that, “Information is everything,” and has advanced the use of data analytics and mathematical modeling to reduce the unpredictability of medical treatments and to improve and measure outcomes. It will take innovative and entrepreneurial individuals like Dr. Klasko to reimagine the fire service of tomorrow and recreate ways to identify and develop future leaders.
Support for the Fire Service Innovation in Safety Symposium is provided through a FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Fire Prevention & Safety grant, and by our generous sponsors. To find out ways your company can support this event, please visit our event page.
For more information or questions, please contact Tricia Sanborn.