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Case Study

Digital transformation in wildfire prevention

Discover the transformative journey of the Santa Barbara County Fire Department (SBCFD) as they embrace digital innovation with Fulcrum to combat wildfire risks. Facing the daunting task of inspecting over 16,000 buildings with a cumbersome paper-based system, SBCFD’s adoption of Fulcrum’s digital mapping and data collection platform marked a revolutionary shift towards efficiency and effectiveness. Previously, inspectors managed only three inspections a day. With Fulcrum, this number soared to twenty. The nearly threefold increase in inspection speed significantly enhanced the department’s capability. This ensures defensible spaces around properties, crucial for wildfire prevention.

This case study demonstrates that Fulcrum’s mobile data collection solution streamlined the inspection process. Furthermore, it allowed for real-time monitoring of inspection coverage. This real-time access facilitated the better allocation of resources and inspectors. Additionally, by adopting digital data collection, the SBCFD saw impressive results. In 2019, they achieved a completion rate for defensible space inspections of over 90%. Indeed, this high completion rate serves as a testament to Fulcrum’s effectiveness. The platform significantly increased operational efficiency and wildfire preparedness.

Join us in exploring this compelling case study of digital transformation in wildfire prevention, highlighting the critical role of technology in safeguarding communities against the ever-present threat of wildfires. Experience how Fulcrum empowers organizations like SBCFD to revolutionize its processes, contributing to a safer, more resilient community. This journey underscores the importance of embracing digital solutions for disaster preparedness and response, setting a new standard for fire departments worldwide.

“Maybe you were able to do three inspections a day before. Now you can do twenty.”

Matt Marsh, GIS Analyst

Santa Barbara County Fire Department

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Jim Metz

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Aaron Vanover - catch more issues

Aaron Vanover

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Daniel Stepner - easy to use, customer service

Daniel Stepner

Senior Consultant
I have used many programs for field asset inspections. Fulcrum has been the easiest to set up, use in the field, and update. The service provided by the Fulcrum team has been top-rate.
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James Watts - safety once you close the loop from action to insight

James Watts

Director of Health and Safety
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Fulcrum helps us improve processes and make our work environment safer by streamlining inspections, surfacing inspection-related insights, and managing follow-up actions. Once you close the loop from action to insight to further action, the possibilities are limitless.
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Gavin Kelley - training period short, same data whether junior/senior collector

Gavin Kelley

Senior Software Developer
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It is so easy to use that our training period is greatly shortened. Data quality is very important to us so it can’t be overly complicated. We still get the same data quality regardless if it is a junior or senior data collector.
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