Comox Fire Rescue

Prevention, Emergency Response, and the Comox Fire Training Centre

Comox Fire Rescue provides a variety of preventive and emergency services to a population of over 18,000 in an area of 16 square miles. This includes the Town of Comox, the Comox Fire Protection Improvement District, the Bates Huband Local Service Area (Regional District of Comox-Strathcona), and the Comox Indian Band. They also operate the Comox Fire Training Centre, which trains firefighters from all over Vancouver Island, and even parts of BC and the rest of Canada. The training centre is certified by the JIBC.

Comox Fire Rescue embracing technology with QR Codes

Comox Fire Rescue is integrating scan-able QR codes into their regular apparatus maintenance procedures. Each vehicle in the department has regular inspections of every piece of equipment on the truck, from the set of screwdrivers to the hydraulic ladder rack on their newest engine. Traditionally, these inspections were done with pen and paper and filed away. As you can imagine, the boxes of paper build up fast!

Under the new system, each compartment has a QR code that can be scanned with the vehicle's iPad to bring up a checklist-style inventory sheet. Once the checklist is complete, the information is stored in a cloud-based database for easy referencing. This information can also have statistics drawn from it to find trends such as equipment durability and frequency of use.

Chief Schreiner states: "We are constantly looking for innovative ideas to make us more efficient without increasing our operating costs. This is just one of many low cost innovations we have added to our department"

Comox Fire Rescue

1870 Noel Ave, Comox, BC, V9M 2K9, Canada