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InCommand Blog - Preplan, Inspect, Permit & MORE

"Do more with less" also means less time - WAIT - WE FOUND IT  12/15/2018  by Progressive Intelligence Technologies

Your duty to protect & serve never waivers, neither does our pursuit of excellence. We recognize that “do more with less” also means that you end up with less time to do some of your most important work! In 2018, Infinite Command focused on meaningful innovations that also return that ‘lost’ time (and more) back to you. The results have been staggering. Nowhere is this more evident than in managing preplan cycles, scheduling inspections, or faster-higher quality assessments – these dramatic advancements are just a click away: *Automate Management*, Inspect, Cite, Sign, Email, Attach, Repeat… simple!!

Extraordinary flexibility allows Infinite Command to match to your particular needs. Schedule your private webcast and prepare to be amazed: :http://www.infinitecommand.com/info_requests/

 

 

What does “ANY DEVICE” mean anyway?   2/20/2018 by Progressive Intelligence Technologies

Finally, in-field data collection made simple!   One of the great challenges to app developers is adapting to the wide variety of devices available today.   When we say ANY device, we really mean it!   With Infinite Command, user experiences are nearly identical with every device (android, ipad, etc).  All of this is accomplished intuitively, without having to download apps or re-learn different interfaces.  You have selected the device that best fits all of your needs, and we strive to take advantage of all of it’s capabilities, such as: 

  • ONE-TOUCH, fully Integrated pictures, videos & voice recording
  • Always On - live Access to all history 
  • Automatically email reports to all associated contacts
  • Voice Command – makes typing notes super-simple

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ANYTIME/ANYWHERE INSPECTIONS  1/1/2018 by Progressive Intelligence Technologies

AT YOUR FINGERTIPS:  Fast and Simple access to complete inspection history for every site record in the system.  It is often helpful to have access to inspections just before walking into an inspection, or even during an inspection.  In Infinite Command, not only do you have direct access to all history, but you can see previous reports, checklist results, pictures, and even signatures. 

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Infinite Command UNIQUELY delivers flexibility to meet a WIDE variety of inspections  11/15/2017 by Progressive Intelligence Technologies

Condemnation Inspections

Courtesy Inspections

General Construction

  • Footing and foundation inspections
  • Rough framing inspections
  • Insulation and vapor barrier
  • Final inspections
  • Boiler permit & safety inspections
  • Commercial vent hood inspections
  • All hazardous type inspections
  • Plumbing inspections
  • Electrical  inspections
  • Structural inspections
  • Fire Protection inspections

Residential & Commercial Code Inspections

Special Enforcement Inspection

Vacant Building Inspections - xxx

Abandoned Property Inspection - xxx

Ongoing Fire Protection Systems Inspection

Fire Alarm Panel Inspections

Sign Ordinance Compliance Inspection

Fire & Life Safety Inspections

Environmental Inspections

Rental & Multi-family dwelling Inspections

Tent and Temporary Structure Inspections

Carnival Ride Inspections

Food Truck Inspections

Nuisance Inspection –

Daycare Inspections

Income-subsidized Housing Inspections

Bridge & Dam Inspections

Nursing Home & Hospital

Seasonal Inspections (occupied and vacant recreational housing)

Tunnel/Viaduct Inspections –  Man-made/natural tunnels: cause ways, caves, mountain tunnels 

Taxicab Regulation/Inspections

Environmental Health Inspections

Construction and Land Use Permitting

Firewise  Fire Safe Community Urban/Wildland Interface Inspections

Don’t forget, Infinite Command supports quality, efficiency, and efficacy with user-defined and standards-based inspection checklists for any/all !

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Fireground: Know You Know the Risks   9/10/2017 by Progressive Intelligence Technologies

We all know that ‘structure & fire behavior’ are key factors in developing on-scene strategies and ensuring the safety of your fire crews. The complexity of this topic is endless, and yet a crucial component to success on the job. As a responsibility of every firefighter’s response, the task of evaluating a scene for key indicators, potential hazards & backup-plans may seemingly become second nature for routine calls, but a comprehensive and continuous scene size-up is both fundamental and essential to any situation that has, even the slightest potential to reach, significance.

When faced with an early morning worker, like the recent Plaza Lanes fire, the size-up undoubtedly identified a mature fire in a large commercial building with bow-string construction (time, type, construction, condition). Aside from quality training, location familiarity and a lifetime of experience, these incident factors certainly played a major role in Command’s decisions, ensuring the safety of the community and all responders. **A job well done!

That said, if any number of variables hadn’t been managed just as they were, it is easy to see how the outcome of a similar incident could play-out differently in another city. For instance; 1) In the dark of night, if the facade had been more pronounced, the roof construction may not have been identified so quickly, 2) What if the commander was any less experienced (acting officer for the night) and/or the crew less familiar with the location (company moved-up). 3) it is very likely on that size of incident that crews could be arriving from other stations or other agencies (completely unfamiliar), 4) A different time of day, 5) any number of occupants, 6) water supply issues, 7) building contents & load, 8) weather issues, 9) hidden spaces and exposures, 10) any number of other hazards… the possibilities are vast.

Infinite Command’s designers have meticulously crafted a tactical-response tool that feeds all of these critical points to responders automatically AND in an exclusive and inventively simple (concise) useful style. This is a true one-of-a-kind solution to your consistent performance and success before, during, and after an incident. What makes it most unique is that it is imagined by responders like you, and because (like you) we’ve dedicated our lives to our craft, and it shows!

So, whether you are training, planning, inspecting investigating, or responding to a pipeline fire, a derailed train, an active shooter, a commercial fire, an industrial collapse, or any number of other potential scenarios – Demand Infinite Command! If you aren’t convinced yet – you’ve got to see it today – call now!

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Smarter-Safer Firefighters   8/15/2017 by Progressive Intelligence Technologies

Studies show that visualization has an exceedingly positive impact on aptitude, performance, and outcomes. No matter how routine, every incident has a potential for unexpected circumstances and unforeseen hazards.

Your selfless dedication to improving the life & safety of others makes it that much more unimaginable to think that you could have known better when it mattered most. Operating at peak performance is a trademark of emergency responders, and when you know better - you do better. Whether enroute or onscene, Infinite Command helps you visualize – to know the hazards, to be mindful of the knowns and unknowns, to circumvent the pitfalls, and to take advantage information that ensures safe results.

Infinite Command™ delivers the most critical information and stunning visuals – like never before. Infinite Command is the visualization tool that gives you the ‘extra edge’ to make the decisions that you’ve prepared an entire career for.

Don’t leave that opportunity to chance – See your EDGE in Infinite Command today.

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Start Your Legacy: Make Pre-Incident Plans Your Priority  6/25/2017 by Progressive Intelligence Technologies

We all understand the value of preplans on effective incident-mitigation and overall safety, but have you ever wondered why such a widely accepted ‘standard practice’ is so commonly under used?  There are many explanations why we haven't done better, but there are many more and powerful reasons why we should.  With a renewed commitment to better planning for the safety of your community and firefighters, you may now begin to see that there are many ways around the barriers that were holding you back. In this first article, we’ll explore strategies for keeping preplans fresh and relevant.

Commit to annual site visits (preplan-inspections). Set alerts to remind you what preplan-type inspections are due on a specific day, week, month or quarter.  Remember, you should also maintain records of preplan visits for your evaluations (ISO/ACC).

A Continuous Quality Control process will help identify unexpected inconsistencies. Start with your highest risk assets (target hazards), checking to be sure they have the most relevant preplan features (building/systems, tasks/strategies, etc). With technology, you can easily identify and resolve unexpected inconsistencies in your preplan information or in the Site's features.

Develop risk mitigation strategies especially for high risk Sites. Often “preplans” are thought-of as drawings. Not everyone has the skill or the tools to draft a preplan drawing. TODAY however, preplanning is so much more than a simple drawing. Now anyone can contribute valuable observations or develop action plans for certain circumstances.  You’re not going to be able to account for every possible variable, but you certainly can start to build strategies for managing varieties of incidents at a specific site.

Integrate live preplans into your training and table-top exercises to maintain a high level of awareness.  There’s no doubt you’ll find areas where you can improve your preplans through this activity

Make them a part of your daily activity. Some departments showcase a site or even a category of sites each week, while others have included a site briefing as part of their daily regimen. 

Community Involvement helps to ensure the most accurate information is always available, while also keeping fire safety at the forefront of their routine. Employ fire explorers or hire interns to call building owners and simply confirm the accuracy of important information, ask critical questions, and empower them to educate the community how to be proactive in alerting the fire department about changes or updates to contact/property information.

And finally (most importantly).... Select a solution that minimizes the administrative effort, helps you remain disciplined in maintaining accurate and up-to-date information, and capably organizes/presents the information for consumption under pressure.

Your team at Infinite Command is the product of decades of direct public safety experience, thousands of hours of observation and refinement, and the most advanced and accepted technology practices available today. We've simplified nearly every aspect of preplan management, we know how to make this work for you, and we can do it cost effectively.  Start your legacy now at www.infinitecommand.com

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Could three-ring binders or pdf preplans get you dethroned?  4/4/2017 by Progressive Intelligence Technologies

You’ve heard the axiom “Data is King”, right?  It refers to having a wealth of riches that allows you to rule with strength and confidence (like a king). With great data management tools, every ‘bit’ of data in your reserve multiplies the value of the data that existed before it. However, the moment that you convert data to print or pdf, you devalue and destabilize the foundation of incident-critical decisions. The bottom line is, “print is not data”, and print/pdf eliminates your leverage for effective operations.

When life and safety are at stake, confidence and strength in your decisions must be based on accurate and meaningful information. Infinite Command enhances the quality and efficiency of that preplan data, while ensuring the right information is delivered to the right people at the right time.

Command like a king – demand your data in Infinite Command!

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Visualization: A Key to Firefighter Safety & Performance  1/15/2017 by Progressive Intelligence Technologies

Studies show that visualization is a powerful technique for improving performance and outcome (safety on the fire ground). Infinite Command organizes the most critical information and stunning visuals so that your responders arrive prepared and focused. You deserve the same ‘edge’ that elite performers use before every performance - especially when lives are on the line! See your EDGE in Infinite Command today!

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Fire Officials Require Efficient Tools  12/15/2016 by Progressive Intelligence Technologies

Fire Marshals and Fire Inspectors commonly note that workloads are beyond their capacity and unbalanced. There are many reasons behind this, but experts warn about the cost of poor designs and layers of technology as a deteriorating factor. There has been a concerted effort to sugar-coat old tech concepts that improve sales of device specific apps, synchronization dependent software, and decades of promises that haven’t come through. Those who invested in “web-based” are realizing that that term is just a thinly veiled disguise for something well-short of a true web application?

It’s unfortunate that this struggle is so well documented, as it is not uncommon to have been sold on the idea of adding layers of software to a base system (administer one system, while importing/exporting to another system, that syncs data to/from handheld devices). This is ugly, risky, costly, and seemingly difficult to extricate yourself from, BUT it is just the tip of the iceberg compared to the costs below the surface. As if the initial purchase & ongoing costs of each layer weren’t unseemly enough, they are quickly overshadowed by the rising cost of support - and your cost & hours to maintain it. These extraordinary expenses can go undetected (and/or seemingly unavoidable) for years - constantly eroding your budget and ability to direct funds to critical services.

As a fully integrated system, Infinite Command eliminates all of the functional disparities and the extraordinary cost to maintain such a cluster as noted above. With Infinite Command, you have No Installations, No Updates, No Synchronizations, and No Software! It is accessible from anywhere, on any device, at any time. Whether you are working on risk mitigation plans, completing tactical surveys, undergoing an Accreditation/ISO type review, performing fire prevention/code enforcement inspections, or responding to an incident, Infinite Command delivers from the cloud to your desktop, to your dash, or to your hand.

To learn about the unique and innovative capabilities that can help restore balance and provide decision support from the field to the planning desk, can improve the efficiency and agility of your inspectors, and can help your firefighters respond smarter and safer -http://www.infinitecommand.com/info_requests/

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Firefighter Safety: Plans are Essential  10/1/2016 by Progressive Intelligence Technologies

With lives, property, and firefighter safety on the line – few priorities are higher.

 Capturing critical preplan information, community involvement, and maintaining vigilance & awareness of your environment are all benefits of performing your Tactical Survey (Pre-Incident Plans). However, many argue that the extensive time required to draw the plans could be better allocated. We all know that drawing isn’t a skill-set that many firefighters have a particular interest in perfecting. So, what happens…. We’ve all seen it – the drawings (sometimes the whole preplan program) gets overrun with other tasks – then when disaster strikes and that information is critically needed, they’re outdated, unreliable and potentially even (hard to admit) hazardous.

Are you ready to get your preplan drawings up-to-date, easily editable, and out of that dusty 3-ring binder? Are you ready to have your up-to-date sketches, alerts, threats, hazards, maps, pictures, videos, special notices, weather, and references at your fingertips the moment you hop in the rig? It’s time to see the rewards of your hard work and preparation – it’s time to get some valuable time back! Your Infinite Command team will digitize your drawings and bring your pre-incident plans to life - accessible from your desk, dash, or hand!

Here's a short clip that tells a little bit about Infinite Command's Tactical Response Module: http://www.infinitecommand.com/videos/#v=5

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Firefighter job description is a challenge. So too is that of this critical skill...  4/19/2016 by Progressive Intelligence Technologies

When firefighters are put in position to answer “What do you do”, you’ll be surprised to know that ‘put out fires’ is one of MANY jobs that a firefighter performs… And then you add training for all of those jobs… and then you add all of the things that you do that you can’t train for and all of the sacrifices… It is a huge responsibility, an even bigger honor, and an even bigger benefit to the community than anyone would imagine.

In a very similar way, when asked “What is a preplan”, you may be surprised to learn that ‘drawings’ is only one of MANY crucial aspects of a preplan, and that using preplans for on-scene operations is only one of many ways preplans can/should be used. Drawings are important to represent various building features and locating critical infrastructure, but effective preplans will provide critical information such as special instructions, access codes, protocol notations (eg: vacant buildings = no entry), known/unknown limitations, special precautions, specific firefighter hazards, critical decision points. The list is limitless!

Also limitless are the various ways preplans can and should be used: Train with preplans. Develop strategies and action plans. Identify training needs. Engage with the community - Encourage community engagement. Recruit training & study. Discover special resource & skills requirements. Uncover specific risks and hidden dangers. Get a “big picture” look at your community. Study & know your community and it's assets. Informed = safer firefighter under any circumstances! Improve your Fire & Life Safety IQ.

**SAVE A MATE with preplans - insist that everyone perform preplans & insist that everyone use preplans!

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First Blog - Introducing Infinite Command...  4/9/2015 by Progressive Intelligence Technologies

Infinite Command delivers practical cloud solutions and purpose built mobile response tools, focused to help local government leaders and public safety responders perform smarter and safer than ever before.  We uniquely deliver powerful and flexible web solutions that address your most complex day-to-day challenges, while dramatically improving the services that you deliver to your community. 

Let us show you how a single platform for various departments and city services can both stimulate sharing of pertinent information and exponentially improve efficacy of your organization.  Whether you need to focus on a single department/service (Water-Utility, Building/Planning, Administrative, Fire, EMS, Law Enforcement, Community Development, etc.), or magnify the benefit by connecting disparate services into an integrated system, Infinite Command is poised to help. 

Cloud solutions are now widely regarded as the most powerful and cost effective business options available today.  Infinite command delivers cloud subscription services that expertly combine value, speed, agility, and flexibility without sacrificing your budget or performance. 

Infinite Command is the evolution of a suite of products from Progressive Intelligence Technologies, who has been delivering situational awareness and tactical response software to Fire, EMS, and Law Enforcement agencies for decades.  Public safety agencies now rely on Infinite Command to deliver innovative solutions support your decisions on scene, in the office, and beyond. 

On your desk, on your dash, and in your hand -  Infinite Command is the first and only technology provider that inventively exceeds your expectations in a single solution: 

  • Secure and robust cloud platform. 
  • Combined GIS and Information Management.
  • Interoperable solutions for multi-agency response.
  • Scalable and flexible for all-size and any number of agencies.
  • Situational Awareness and Tactical Decision Support.
  • Access to information anywhere and anytime.

 

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