Technology makes fire safety assessments more efficient

A UNIQUE new application for the Apple iPad has been developed by Alpine Shire Council to make assessing properties for fire risk faster and more efficient.

The Fire Inspections App was developed by Council’s Manager Development Services and Amenity Nick Vlahandreas, GIS Officer Barrett Higman and Fire Prevention Officer Darryl Farmer.

An external consultant assisted with the final development of the app, which has been used for the first time this month for Council’s property fire inspections.

Mr Farmer said the application halved the time required for the task.

“Not only is it much faster but it’s more accurate and is linked with planning permits, so all the information on properties is literally in my hands,” he said.

“It uses GPS so it’s always clear which property is which, even on streets with unmarked blocks.

“I have no doubt this app will be picked up by other Councils and eventually be used State-wide.”

Funding was sourced from the State Government’s financial commitment to fire affected Councils to help them meet recommendations of the Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission.

Alpine Shire Council Fire Prevention Officer Darryl Farmer tries out Council's new Fire Inspections App

NEW TECHNOLOGY: Council’s Fire Safety Officer Darryl Farmer tests out the new Fire Inspections App.

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