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."
Included in the implementation is full customization for a department's specific apparatus, equipment and inventory checks, full crew training, and ongoing support. "We design PSTrax around your department - your crew, your equipment, your maintenance schedules," says Bergeron. "And it scales easily, whether you have 1 apparatus or 100. When there's a question, we're a phone call away, where you'll get a real person, not an endless automated menu. To fire departments, it really is plug-and-play."
In addition to being simple to install, PSTrax packs some very powerful features. "The system lets you know what's due, when it's due, and how to do it - without having to search for the right logsheet or checklist," adds Bergeron. "You can even link directly to how-to articles or videos so everyone is on the same page with their inspections. This can reduce mistakes, eliminate double-work, and make crews more efficient."
After viewing a PSTrax product demo, Frank R. Myers, Lieutenant at City of Miami (FL) Fire Rescue, emailed his colleagues, "We need to move forward, stop using paper, and streamline our current process. The technology is available; let's take advantage of it. It keeps up with our tradition of being innovative and cutting edge!"
David Cain, retired Deputy Chief of Operations for Boulder (CO) Fire Rescue, is a staunch PSTrax advocate. He points out that "the program keeps all checks, inspections, and information in one place. No more clipboards. If something is missing, inventory is low or equipment is not up to standards, PSTrax will email the specialists who can make it right. This helps bulletproof your department's maintenance documentation, potentially reducing liability exposure. I wish this had been available during my tenure as a firefighter."
Benefits of the program include:
This article was written for & published by FireEngineering.com.