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"