Virtual Reality and Fire meet up 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. More info is available at http://strategicfire.org/crrradio#vr VR Tour on RoundMe (no longer available) Fort Collins Museum of Discovery http://fcmod.org/ Poudre Fire Authority http://www.poudre-fire.org/Home/Components/News/News/247/17/ Campus Firewatch http://www.campus-firewatch.com/vr
Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshall (OSFM)
Joe Walters is the Executive Officer for the State Fire Marshal, with the Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal (OSFM). As the first “Executive Officer ” Joe has been integral in moving the OSFM into the 21st century, from technology advancements, fleet refreshments, equipment needs to health and wellness awareness. Since 2016, he has also led a part in the agencies community risk reduction programs. He has been proactive in fire prevention programs throughout the State and has assisted with the dissemination of important fire & life saving information via social media and other platforms. He currently sits on the Mid Atlantic Life Safety Conference Committee as the operations command, trying to enhance the program. By trade he is a fire investigator and worked in the field for several years prior to the appointment of Executive Officer. He worked several high profile cases and made many arson and explosive related arrests. He has had the opportunity to sit in forums such as the Truman Symposiums and the FEMA AFG content development group. On his off time, he is a 20-year veteran of the volunteer fire service where he currently serves in the role of Captain. He has held many roles including Assistant Treasurer and Vice President. He is also an instructor for the National Safe Boating Council and specialize in the maritime rescue discipline. He and his wife own a small custom t-shirt business, which was started just before the birth of their child, in 2015. When not working, he loves sitting on the Chesapeake Bay on his boat or tearing up the mud four wheeling in the woods.