Although many people are concerned about the impact of Google Glass devices on society, at least one local firefighter thinks Google’s new technology is something positive. Gray Fire Chief Max Wood entered Google’s #ifihadGlass contest and ended up scoring a pair, which he has already started using for training purposes. Wood’s contest entry described how he thinks Glass could be used to improve firefighter safety by providing pre-planning maps to firefighters for low visibility situations. In addition, the devices could be used to establish a real-time video feed for incident commanders with their firefighters that are making entry.
Chief Wood realizes some more work needs to be done to create the apps to make all this happen. Extensive testing also needs to be completed to ensure the devices can hold up to the harsh environments they would be subjected to. Until then though, Chief Wood plans to use a pair to record videos and pictures of working fire scenes that can later be incorporated into training videos. He will be able to spend some time with the actual device thanks to Google which selected Wood as a winner of a pair in the #ifihadGlass contest. According to Chief Wood, he received the device on Friday and by Sunday was already filming a working fire scene.
Kudos to Chief Wood on his idea. We hope it bears the fruit he envisions and helps keep firefighters safer.