Our PSTrax family wall of Patches debuts at FDIC
Is your organization on our PSTrax family wall? 

With our new booth design featuring our PSTrax family back wall, we sent out an all points bulletin to our clients to send in their department patch. Within a week, we had received over 100 new patches, that's on top of the ones we'd already collected through the years! Our plan is to display the patches at our booth at FDIC in Indianapolis, April 10th-13th.  

If you or any of your crews plan on attending FDIC, stop by and say "hi".  We're in booth 8533 in Lucas Stadium.


Narcotics module enhancements based on client feedback
Clients spoke. We delivered.

Several PSTrax clients - including Pinellas Park Fire Department (FL) - wanted more detail, reporting and trackability from our Narcotics Module. In response, we made several improvements to the total vial tracking module resulting in faster access to more drug inventory information. Here are the specifics.

Fire Apparatus, Fire Engineering report on Critical Assets Module

The Critical Assets Module is especially useful for high-dollar or grant funded items that periodically require tracking of costs, inspections, expirations, maintenance, movement and repair history—detailed information from manufacture to retirement. Customized to every department’s specs, the Critical Assets Module can be tailored for any frequency of check and offers a batch log option to group appropriate assets together instead of having to log or review each piece individually. MORE

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Sometimes, black and white tells the most colorful tale

This Boston Fire Historical Society timeline and photo archive goes back to 1872, when “truck checks and maintenance” followed a decidedly different protocol. The first timeline entry on January 5, 1874 addressed the City of Charlestown being annexed to Boston. Notes the Society, “The company continued to use an 1872 ladder truck built by Leverich & Co., of New York, equipped with 18 ladders of varying sizes.”


TV proved pivotal to EMS education in the 70s

According to, “In the pilot episode of the '70s hit TV show Emergency!, sleepy paramedics in L.A. jump out of bed when the firehouse alarm goes off. Soon, they're speeding down the road in red and white fire engines and ambulances with lights flashing as the sirens wail… Some might not be able to imagine a time when ambulances acted more like taxi services to the hospital rather than a critical step to save a life. But the show brought the daring rescues and life-saving medical treatment of L.A.'s EMS workers into homes across the country, where few had seen this kind of care before.” MORE


From Frank Myers, retired Lieutenant with the City of Miami (FL) Fire Rescue:
Preventive inspections and maintaining everything from truck ladders to PPE may sound routine—until there’s a major problem. And once that problem occurs, the after-effects in terms of litigation, reputation and department disruption can be profound and long-lasting. How can you prevent this type of calamity? It all starts with the morning inspection(s) after roll call and shift change. This is the time to assure your apparatus, power tools, hand tools, PPE, SCBAs, etc. have been checked and viewed to ensure everything is in good working order.

From David Cain, Deputy Chief of Operations, Boulder, CO (ret): 
Firefighting is a challenge, but when extreme weather conditions are present the game is different. Cold weather is one example. Heavy wind and rain, an unrelenting heat wave and other extreme situations also mandate timely checks and maintenance. Firefighters and their equipment must be prepared for this challenge. Being prepared starts with complete checks of vehicles and all associated equipment along with the station itself BEFORE the weather turns nasty. Then, there must be timely maintenance where needed to ensure maximum performance and safety in the most difficult conditions.
Manage your vehicle, station, equipment, and controlled substances inspections
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PSTrax is a Software as a Service that combines cloud-based technology with common sense to build you an automated digital system that schedules, tracks, and documents vehicle, station, PPE, SCBA, and controlled substance checks—customized to your exact needs. PSTrax uses your existing processes, NFPA and other guidelines, and best practices from other fire service organizations. There is no need to develop or implement any element of the program internally. Training is easy. Authorized users can access PSTrax from a smartphone, tablet, laptop, Toughbook or desktop. 
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