September 26, 2017 - This week CR made their 8th appearance at the F.I.E.R.O Symposium since 2008.
During the 3-day event CR had the opportunity to address the attendees at the opening of the Symposium as well as showcase their Virtual Design & Construction (VDC) capabilities by exhibiting a virtual fire station concept.
Conference attendees had the opportunity to explore the virtual fire station, allowing them to navigate the exterior as well as the interior of the facility. The exhibit allowed the user to experience the space beyond the limitations of a traditional floor plan or rendering, becoming immersed in the environment and sparking conversation around ever (virtual) corner!
About the F.I.E.R.O Symposium:
F.I.E.R.O., originally named Fire Industry Equipment Research Organization and now named Fire Industry Education Resource Organization, was formed in September 1990. Prior to 1990, Robert Tutterow and Bill Summers, at the time, both of the Charlotte Fire Department (NC), had discussed the idea. Robert was the Logistics and Health and Safety Officer and Bill was Chief of Training. Both had a keen interest in equipment and fire fighter health and safety and, in 1990, while on a manufacturers’ facilities tour in the Northeast with Danny Bennett (a representative for several manufacturers), Robert and Bill met Dart Kendall with the Cobb County Fire Department (GA) and Warren Mendel of the Gwinnett County Fire Department (GA) and they approached them with the idea. The rest, they say--is history.
The original concept of F.I.E.R.O. was based on three organizations on the west coast: SAFER (Southern Area Fire Equipment Research), NAFER (Northern Area Fire Equipment Research) and CAFER (Central Area Fire Equipment Research). Though based in California, these organizations reached into Phoenix, AZ and Las Vegas, NV. Of those three original organizations, SAFER is the only one still in operation. The general concept was to create a network for the fire service to connect with each other and with equipment manufacturers to improve the products used in the fire service--amazingly, the fire service discovered that their problems were not unique. Through these organizations, products such as disintegrating PPV fan blades are no longer in the market and locking Storz couplings are now the standard. The fire service and the manufacturers all benefited from improved products and better service because of these organizations.
Visit, http://www.fierofirestation.com/, to learn more!