Episode 124: The Power of Listening to the Fire Service with Dr. Lori Moore-Merrell | Interschutz 2022 Mini Series


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A glimpse into the state of the international fire service...

Hello Smart Firefighting Community!

Welcome to another episode of covering real world innovations via interviews with fire service and technology industry experts that empower YOU to develop your very own Smart Firefighting strategy!

This is the first episode of our Interschutz 2022 Mini Series. Interschutz 2022 was an international trade show hosted over six days and included exhibitions plus engaging forums covering the various aspects of firefighting, rescue services, civil protection and safety and security.

In this episode:

- How can we share and learn from best practices within the international fire service?

- Why is the vernacular in wildfire fighting so important?

- How can implementing Community Risk Reduction strategies help prevent disasters and improve response efforts?

At the expo, SFF met with Dr. Lori Moore-Merrell - an expert in executive leadership, emergency response system evaluation, public safety resource deployment, community risk assessment, data science/analytics, and so much more. Dr. Moore-Merrell recently served on the Biden-Harris Transition Team to conduct agency review for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as part of the COVID-19 response planning. She has also served on the Public Safety Committee of the transition teams for both the mayor of New York City and the mayor of the District of Columbia.

During her 26 years at the IAFF, Dr. Moore-Merrell spent more than 17 years leading a research team made up of international fire service organizations and other partners. As principal investigator and senior project manager on projects funded by FEMA/Assistance to Firefighters Grants totaling more than $23 million, she led the team to produce landmark reports and other tools to improve residential and high-rise fire ground operations, community risk assessment, fire and EMS resource deployment, and “Big Data Analytics” — all to help drive executive decision-making. These reports and other resources have changed the face of fire and EMS deployment in countries throughout the world.

Connect with Dr. Moore-Merrell: LinkedIn | Twitter

Episode Resources:

- Additional biography on Dr. Moore-Merrell

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