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CRR Radio

CRR Radio is your podcast source of information all about CRR. Each episode features interviews with people who are using CRR in their communities and experts in a variety of fields, giving you information you can use!

Be sure to subscribe to CRR Radio in iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts to get each episode downloaded automatically, or listen by clicking on the links below for each show.


Virtual Reality, Fire and Community Risk Reduction

Michael Durkin

Ben Gondrez

Virtual Reality meets fire in this episode where we learn how the Poudre Fire Authority and the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery teamed up to produce a virtual reality tour of an off-campus house fire. This is a great educational tool that PFA is using with different audiences and it really places the viewer in the middle of a fire scene – something that they have never seen before. Listen to the conversation with Education Specialist Michael Durkin from the Poudre Fire Authority and Digital Dome Manager Ben Gondrez from the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery. You can read more details about the fire at the PFA website.

The VR Tour can be viewed on a desktop or you can download the Roundme app to your smartphone and view it using VR goggles.

See an interview with Ben Gondrez from the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery and Michael Durkin from the Poudre Fire Authority in the video below, and learn more about the fire and making the VR Tour in an article from Campus Firewatch.


Using data to predict fires and technology to detect them

In this episode we focus on using data to help predict where home fires may occur and technology to help detect them in vacant properties. This episode also ties into an earlier one Data and Smoke Alarms in New Orleans that you might be interested in.

You can download the transcript to this podcast.

Using data to predict fires

We start by talking with Jon Jay, a doctoral student at the Harvard School of Public Health, and author of the article “Can Algorithms Predict House Fires.” In this article, and on this podcast, Jay talks about how it is possible to use data to predict where house fires are more likely to occur in a city so that the fire department can better focus its prevention and home safety visits, and the results are astounding.

By randomly visiting neighborhoods, it was determined that a fire department would probably visit 20% of the homes likely to have a fire. However, by using a data-driven approach, this percentage jumped to 71% resulting in a much more effective and efficient use of staffing.

The data that was used is from publicly available sources, and by bringing together a variety of data sources it is possible to refine the model significantly and really hone in on the geographic areas of the city as well as the different property types.

Using technology to detect fires

We then have a conversation with Nathan Armentrout from Eidolon who invented CASPER – Continuous Autonomous Solar Powered Event Reporter. This is a device that is installed in vacant homes and listens for the sound of a smoke alarm in the building then sends out an alert by cellular signal to the cloud.

This device came about as a result of a hackathon sponsored by Louisville, Kentucky, where there was a problem of fires in vacant homes. These fires were creating significant risks to the other homes around them because they were not being detected until they were well developed instead of in their early stages. The city put the problem forward to the Level 1 hackerspace, and competition was put together to find a solution. Armentrout developed CASPER which has been successfully pilot tested in Louisville and he is now rolling out in beta to other cities.

You can learn more about CASPER from the video below or reading the article on Cnet.


CRR Radio talks with NFA Superintendent Tonya Hoover


In this conversation, Chief Hoover talks with CRR Radio about the role of CRR at the National Fire Academy and her perspective on how the fire service is embracing Community Risk Reduction. Chief Hoover was recently appointed to the position and brings her views from a long career in the fire service, most recently as the California State Fire Marshal.

Download the transcript of this podcast.

Be sure to subscribe to CRR Radio in iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts to get each episode downloaded automatically.


Smoke Alarm and Data in New Orleans

Director Oliver Wise, New Orleans OPA

Chief Tim McConnell, New Orleans FD

New Orleans Fire Department had been installing smoke alarms in people’s homes for years, but they were looking for a more effective way to do it. By working in partnership with the city’s Office of Performance and Accountability, and a project out of New York, the Enigma Smoke Signals Project, they were able to develop a more focused approach using publicly available data. Listen to Chief McConnell and Director Wise explain how they went from installing 800 smoke alarms to 18,000 using data.

Be sure to subscribe to CRR Radio in iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts to get each episode downloaded automatically.

Watch the video produced by the U.S. Census Bureau on this project

This project was done in partnership with Enigma. Learn more about their Smoke Signals project and how it can help your community.


CRR at Chelan County and Jackson Hole

Chief Arnold Baker

Battalion Chief/Fire Marshal Kathy Clay

Chief Arnold Baker from Chelan County Fire District 5 in Washington state and Battalion Chief/Fire Marshal Kathy Clay from Jackson Hole, Wyoming, talk about their unique perspectives on CRR. Chelan County Fire District 5 is made up of volunteer fire departments, which can be a challenge to implementing CRR. Jackson Hole has different challenges…predominantly wildland in the summer and well below zero temperatures in the winter.

Be sure to subscribe to CRR Radio in iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts to get each episode downloaded automatically.


CRR at Wilmington, North Carolina, Fire Department

Assistant Chief Frank Blackley

Battalion Chief Chris Walker

Assistant Chief Frank Blackley and recently-promoted Battalion Chief Chris Walker talk about how they are doing CRR at the Wilmington, North Carolina Fire Department. In this conversation we get two unique perspectives from Chief Blackley as a department senior officer, and Chief Walker, who was recently promoted from Captain and was able to give us the view from the right seat of an engine.

We talk about CRR and fire fighter safety, working with partners, the importance of data and so much more.

If you are looking for more information on CRR, be sure to check out the CRR Portal at The Vision 20/20 Project’s website, www.strategicfire.org/crr.


CRR at the Poudre Fire Authority in Colorado


Poudre Fire Authority Fire Chief Tom DeMint talks with CRR Radio about how they are doing Community Risk Reduction and its impact on their ISO rating and CPSE accreditation. Stream it by clicking below or subscribe to the podcast in iTunes!

You can follow the Poudre Fire Authority on Facebook and Twitter @poudrefire.


CRR, ISO and CPSE in Rogers, Arkansas


In this episode of CRR Radio we talk with Tom Jenkins, fire chief of the Rogers (Arkansas) Fire Department and IAFC vice president about how they are doing CRR, it’s role in their ISO rating and CPSE accreditation and his perspective on CRR across the nation. Stream it by clicking below or subscribe to the podcast in iTunes!

 


CRR in Arvada, Colorado and Data in Kansas

Deputy Fire Marshal Deanna Harrington, Arvada Fire Protection District

Deanna Harrington

Sara Wood

In this episode of CRR Radio we talk with Deanna Harrington, Deputy Fire Marshal with the Arvada Fire Protection District (@ArvadaFire) in Colorado about how they are using CRR in their operations. We then hear from Sara Wood, NFIRS Program Manager for the Kansas State Fire Marshal’s office (@KSFireMarshal) about how important data is to CRR. Stream it by clicking below or subscribe to the podcast in iTunes!


Integrated Risk Management at the West Midlands Fire Service in the UK (Part 2)


In this episode of CRR Radio, we continue our conversation with Group Commander Martin Ward White from the West Midlands Fire Service in the UK about how they implement Integrated Risk Management which is their counterpart to CRR in the United States.

You can see more about what the West Midlands Fire Service is doing at www.wmfs.net/your-area.

You can follow the West Midlands Fire Service on Twitter @westmidsfire and on Facebook.


Integrated Risk Management at the West Midlands Fire Service in the UK (Part 1)


In this episode of CRR Radio, we talk with Group Commander Martin Ward White from the West Midlands Fire Service in the UK about how they implement Integrated Risk Management which is their counterpart to CRR in the United States. We’ll have Part 2 of our conversation available in two weeks.

You can see more about what the West Midlands Fire Service is doing at www.wmfs.net/your-area.

You can follow the West Midlands Fire Service on Twitter @westmidsfire and on Facebook.