Becoming a Data-Driven Department in 3 Easy Steps
With the increased availability of software and technology to help your department run more efficiently, it’s time to consider how and where you can unlock better insights to become a smarter, data-driven department. While this transformation can seem overwhelming, we’ve broken it down into three easy steps:
- Digitize Your Processes
It will be incredibly labor-intensive for your department to leverage data if you’re using old processes that don’t give you easy access to analytics and reports. For most departments, this means transitioning away from paper or moving to a more sophisticated software platform. Digitizing important information related to your department’s assets – including checks, maintenance, and repair – is the first critical step to becoming a data-driven department.
- Collect Better Data
Software that not only supports your current processes but also gives you easy and intuitive ways to improve efficiencies is imperative. Imagine the possibilities around scheduling specific checks for seasonal or custom needs, allowing your team to manage ONE checklist that ensures that the right checks show up only when they need to. No more overlooked checks, juggling multiple clipboards, managing redundancies and pencil whipping…every check performed will be necessary and specific. Can your paper-based system do that?
- Get Reports That Answer Your Questions
The right software solution will give you a range of reporting options – from out-of-the-box reports on your assets to custom reporting capabilities on unique assets, people, and locations. Whether you’re looking to measure asset utilization by station or get a detailed report on a particular asset, begin with the end in mind and ensure that your software provider can deliver on the types of insights you’re interested in.
PRO TIP: Great Partners Create Great Results
While it’s not a requirement to becoming a data-driven department, consider shopping vendors to find a strong partner who can:
- anticipate your needs and offer best practices from other fire departments
- listen to your specific requirements and offer full implementation services as an option
- train a designated trainer or your entire team
- check in regularly to ensure that you’re getting the most from your software
To learn how Station Check can help you become a data-driven department, watch our quick overview video and schedule a demo today by clicking the button below.