Case Study: Implementation
Evans Fire Protection District
Evans FPD, like many departments, was using paper logbooks to keep track of its truck and equipment inspections. As a full-service agency specializing in multiple areas (Fire Suppression, Emergency Medical Support, Hazardous Material Response and Rescue Assistance Firefighter), there are a lot of checks to perform. And with a combination of full-time, part-time, and volunteer firefighters making these checks, it could be challenging to determine what had already been done and what still needed to be done. Firefighter Brad Krehbiel was tasked with finding a solution to automate the department’s apparatus, equipment, and inventory checks inspections and keep everyone on the same page.
Evans FPD met with PSTrax and decided to load all of their truck, equipment, and inventory checks into the cloud-based virtual logbook. “I was very surprised at how easy it was,” says FF Krehbiel. “We just provided the paper logs we were using for our checks and they digitized everything for us. We started using it with virtually no training or ramp-up time. Everybody now knows what to check and when to check it, so nothing gets missed.”
“We’re extremely happy with the results so far,” says Krehbiel. “The time savings are huge - all the crews have to do is log in, see what’s due, and make their checks. And communication within the department has improved tremendously since everyone knows what’s expected and checks are documented consistently across all shifts.”
Though it initially started using PSTrax for its apparatus, equipment, and inventory checks, Evans FPD has started using the program to schedule its station chores. Crews now know when they need to test the SCBA generator or restock on expendables like kitchen, bath, or bay supplies. The district is also in the process of inputting SCBA and PPE gear into the system to track expiration dates and routine maintenance.