Six questions you should ask before deploying incident management software in your department

Andy Bozzo

September 12th, 2016 | Posted in Blog

If you’ve been thinking of deploying incident management software in your department, here are six key questions you need to consider before making the leap: 1. Is it mobile?  Having the ability to track an incident from the very first seconds of dispatch from ALL of your devices is key to faster response times and […]

Simplicity Saves Lives: The Mass Casualty Incident

Andy Bozzo

August 4th, 2016 | Posted in Blog

Some incidents are just worse than others. When a high-speed train leaves the rails or a tornado rips the roof off the school gym, first responders face the confusion of a complicated incident scene. How many dead? Who is alive? Which of the living needs our help first?   Incidents like these require a different […]

Impending Doom

Andy Bozzo

July 18th, 2016 | Posted in Blog

  “Between every two pines is a doorway to a new world.” —John Muir   I just returned from a short, much needed fly fishing trip to the Sierras. Nothing compares to the rejuvenation one feels from time spent in the mountains. Of course it’s always great to be up high; the mountain streams, the […]

More Than a Thousand Words

Andy Bozzo

July 14th, 2016 | Posted in Blog

Sometimes a picture is worth much more than a thousand words. Especially when those words are taking up valuable radio bandwidth.   This is what it looks like when you use the enterprise version of Tablet Command during a 3-alarm vegetation fire with structures burning. This event happened last week at my home department, the […]

Rapid Accountability


June 20th, 2016 | Posted in Blog

Co-Founder/Captain Andy Bozzo June 20, 2016   It continues to be VERY busy at work these days. I responded to 7 legitimate working fires for the month of May. And three of those have been two alarm fires. It’s been a really crazy run!   Yesterday, during an after action review on two of our […]

Baby Steps

TC Admin

June 6th, 2016 | Posted in Uncategorized

Baby Steps     Two things happened last week in my life as a Fire Captain that simply could not have happened a generation ago.   The first was a technology fail. I sent a text message to one of the chiefs on a working fire, essentially yelling at him to “LOOK AT YOUR TABLET!”. I […]

Entrepreneurship, Myth #1

TC Admin

May 14th, 2016 | Posted in Blog

Entrepreneurship, Myth #1 Skye Tompson 2016-5-14   Here’s a funny fact about entrepreneurs: The most common reason people start businesses is to avoid working for others.   Here’s another fact: The typical entrepreneur in America works more hours and earns less money than she would have earned if she worked for someone else.   Tablet […]

Reflections from FDIC2016

TC Admin

April 30th, 2016 | Posted in Blog

Reflections from FDIC 2016 Co-Founder/Capt. Andy Bozzo   It’s easy to be provincial when you live on the West Coast. All of our sun, the mountains, the ocean… Indianapolis may not be a likely destination for the typical world traveler. In fact, Indy is one of the hippest cities we visit: great food, INSANE jazz, […]

Opening Day

Andy Bozzo

April 11th, 2016 | Posted in Blog

For sports fans, myself included, Spring is a wonderful time of year. Of course there’s March Madness and tons of college sports championships, and the NHL, and NBA playoff picture is shaping up.   And then there’s baseball. Whether you’re a fan of “Mad-Bum” or “King Felix”, a sense of hope, history, and excitement brews […]

Tribal Tradition to Shared Excellence

TC Admin

March 5th, 2016 | Posted in Uncategorized

Guest post by Eric Tomlinson. Eric is a Deputy Chief with the Kent Regional Fire Authority in Washington State   Much has been said about the brotherhood of the American Fire Service. Put firefighters from neighboring departments together at a conference, watering hole, or other neutral ground and we will buy each other beverages and compare our […]

Bold Vision to Reality

Andy Bozzo

February 27th, 2016 | Posted in Blog

  I grew up as a child of the 70s.  No, I was not wearing bell bottoms or syncing my dance moves to John Travolta (I did that when disco got cool again in the 90s).  By the time I had been born in 1971, humans had stepped onto another celestial body a few times […]

From Fatness to Fitness: The Modern Firefighter

Andy Bozzo

February 24th, 2016 | Posted in Blog

When I first entered the fire service in 1998, it was all about eating huge. After all, you never knew when you were going to eat again…. at least that was our station’s philosophy in the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Our BIG meal of the day was lunch: a huge tri-tip steak, […]

The iPad Pro: Poised to Transform Emergency Services

Andy Bozzo

September 9th, 2015 | Posted in Blog

  Apple’s release of the iPad Pro unveiled a world of new possibilities to me both as a Fire Captain and as the founder of a tech company that provides Incident Management software.   One of the most common concerns we hear in sales calls is whether the iPad screen is big enough to handle […]

Big Buttons

Andy Bozzo

August 4th, 2015 | Posted in Blog

We’re a long way from the black and white images of cops with their feet up on the desk and firemen playing cribbage in Fire Station USA. Since 9/11 and the dawn of the iPad, emergency services is becoming increasingly armed with the latest and most intuitive technological enhancements from the consumer space to track, […]

Your iPad Choices

Will Pigeon

May 8th, 2015 | Posted in Blog

As the technical lead for Tablet Command, the most frequent question I hear is “Which iPad should my department get?”   The answer comes with some personal preference but some absolute requirements or recommendations. I’ll walk you through the difficult questions that everyone wonders about. I’ll start by getting to the point and then explain […]

Tablet Command and the NIOSH 5


May 7th, 2015 | Posted in Blog

“If we hope to reduce the number of firefighter LODDs on the fireground, we must command fires in a way that attacks all five of the NIOSH 5 causal factors.”    —Anthony Kastros Battalion Chief, Sacramento Metro Fire District Author, Mastering Fireground Command: Calm the Chaos! Firefighter Inspiration Readiness and Education (F.I.R.E.)   The safest […]

Blue Card/Tablet Command & Temporal Awareness/Distortion

Andy Bozzo

February 9th, 2015 | Posted in Blog

When I look back on my travels and readings from 2014, I logged a tremendous amount of exposure to several different emergency incident command gurus and methodologies. One of the methodologies that I have become a student of, literally, is Blue Card Command. I’m currently enrolled in the online portion of the command course with […]

Minds and hearts


January 22nd, 2015 | Posted in Blog

Its risky to start a blog. Will we run out of gas? Will we have anything interesting to say? A year ago, after more than a year of hard work, we contemplated starting a blog. And then, before we sorted through our doubts, we just went back to work and forgot about it. As we […]