New Technological Approaches to Managing City and County Public Safety Assets

 New Technological Approaches to Managing City and County Public Safety Assets

The job of managing and funding public safety organizations in cities and counties has become increasingly difficult in the last few years. First, the opioid crisis – which costs the United States an estimated $78.5 billion each year[i] – stretched public safety budgets and resources thin. Then COVID-19 hit, which required even more labor and financial resources to acquire supplies such as personal protective equipment (PPE).

At the same time, organizations that offer medical services, including fire departments, saw demand spike and assets deplete almost overnight. In New York City alone, calls to 911 surged more than 30% during the early days of the pandemic.[ii] Public safety agencies across the country experienced a similar influx as COVID-19 cases spiked in their jurisdictions.[iii]

Cities and counties are still facing many of these same challenges today, with public safety budgets and personnel resources…

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