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Florida Fire and Rescue Supplier Extends Visibility via RFID

The Bonita Springs Fire Control and Rescue District, using RFID tagging services from supplier QuadMed and a solution from Silent Partner Technologies, has reduced its inventory spending by 30 percent, while the Broward County Sheriff's Fire and Rescue Office plans to track the goods it uses and sells for emergency services.
By Claire Swedberg
Dec 17, 2017

The Bonita Springs Fire Control and Rescue District has expanded its RFID asset-management system this year as its supplier, QuadMed, is now tagging goods sold to the agency, in order to bring visibility upstream while also saving labor costs for the fire and rescue facilities. QuadMed supplies agencies with emergency medical supplies and equipment.

The solution being used by Bonita Springs and QuadMed is provided by Florida-based Silent Partner Technologies (SPT). The system includes the company's IntelliView cloud-based software, as well as ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID tags and fixed SmartShelf or SmartRoom readers and handheld devices.

Natalie Hughes, logistics coordinator of Bonita Springs' medical supplies store room, with tagged goods
The Broward Sherriff's Fire and Rescue Office is launching the same system for tracking some of its 1,900 types of equipment and medical supplies. Such assets range from gloves and beds to medicines and fire hoses. Some of those items will come from QuadMed and could arrive already tagged.

The Bonita Springs Fire Control and Rescue District responds to approximately 6,200 emergency calls annually, 75 percent of which are medical in nature. Its crews and equipment (including seven vehicles) are located at six different stations. It stores medical equipment and supplies within its vehicles, as well as station storage areas and a central medical supply room that acts as a distribution center for all stations and trucks.

Before the RFID technology was installed in 2015, inventory management was performed manually, which made it both labor-intensive and prone to errors, says Richard Scott, Bonita Springs' deputy fire chief. Items might end up being missed during inventory counts and, in some cases, products could expire before they could be used.

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