Fire apparatus and equipment have come a long way during the past 100 years. Yet a majority of maintenance inspections are done the same way today as they were at the turn of the past century: on pen-and-paper log sheets.
With so much equipment to look after, logging everything by hand can be time- and labor-intensive and prone to mistakes. There's a lot to keep track of: daily and weekly preshift truck checks, inventory checks, personal protective gear and self-contained breathing apparatus bottles, hose and pump schedules, preventive maintenance and annual tests, advanced life support and basic life support equipment, drug checks, station supplies, and more. Combine that with all the other responsibilities departments have-running calls, training, maintaining certifications, and so on-and it's easy to see why streamlining and automating inspections just never seem to be top priorities.
Golden (CO)-based PSTrax is offering a "tech trauma-free" zone for fire departments that have deployed the service to automate their apparatus and equipment checks. PSTrax replaces labor-intensive paper logbooks with a cloud-based service that is both cost-effective and easy to implement.
"Our philosophy is that firefighters should spend their time fighting fires, not software," says Scott Bergeron, the company's Director of Operations. "That's why we take care of all the hard stuff for them, uploading every one of their maintenance schedule into a customized digital logbook. So all the crew has to do is log in from a smart phone or tablet, see which checks are due, and get to it."
Englewood, CO - The Englewood Fire Department has signed up with Golden-based PSTrax to automate its apparatus and equipment checks. It is the fifth Colorado fire department to enlist the services of the startup, whose aim is to replace tedious and mistake-prone paper logbooks with a software service designed to automate all of a department’s preventive maintenance inspections.
Although most fire departments have sophisticated software for incident reporting and fire prevention inspections, a majority still use pen-and-paper check sheets for their preventive maintenance checks. And with so much equipment to look after, keeping track of it all by hand can be time- and labor-intensive.