Questions and Answers

Unlike programs built by manufacturers or vendors, PPE Software was designed by fire service administrators to address the fire service's needs. These universal requirements include fitting fire fighters, controlling repair costs, and a very simple and efficient way to log and track NFPA 1851 compliance.

PPE Software is the only program on the market built to automatically monitor repair costs and save departments money.

Our software saves departments money because it cross checks repair estimates against predetermined thresholds such as running cost of repairs, single repair cost, and age. It can be configured to STOP a repair that doesn't make sense.

We provide a system at no charge to Vendors which allows them to simultaneously service an unlimited # of fire departments (using PPE Software) seamlessly and efficiently. Additionally, in light of the increasing strain on fire department resources, PPE Software automates a good portion of PPE tracking and compliance functions. This is really the tip of the iceberg, our program is loaded with features to greatly increase bunker gear management efficiency, and lower the fiscal bottom line.

No other system we are aware of can match PPE Software feature for feature. It is extremely comprehensive yet has been designed from the ground up to be simple and workflow friendly. It uses automated: sizing, alerts, reminders, cost controls, integrated in-house and vendor compliance logging.

Additionally, users can scan and log a maintenance record, or create a work order from any internet connected smart phone or other device.

Unlike some programs, we protect data integrity through design, insuring that records are reliable and less prone to user error. (i.e. you cannot assign an item to “Mickey Mouse”, a firefighter must already exist in the system and fit within a department's determined sizing thresholds).

With ready made reports, departments can easily:

  • Project fiscal liabilities for replacement years into the future.
  • Determine true cost of ownership by reporting on repair type, location, station assignment, and shift. This feature can help better improve your specs for increasing durability or even identifying a persistent manufacturer defect.
  • Determine what gear is due for cleaning and inspection.
  • Determine what gear is on loan or out for repair.

There are even more reporting capabilities as PPE Software captures all the data associated with your organization's PPE. A complete history of any item can be provided in seconds. Reports can be custom built to suit your individual needs.

Many of the free programs are built by either manufacturers or care and maintenance vendors. Because these programs were not built from a fire department's standpoint, they often neglect to provide practical solutions for the everyday challenges fire departments face. Having been designed and built by a fire department PPE administrator, PPE Software provides an easy, efficient, and often automated solution to all the challenges of managing PPE.

Free tracking programs are often offered as a perk for using a vendor's service or buying a manufacture's gear. When these relationships change or fail, your fire department can be left without its PPE tracking program. Because PPE Software services the fire department directly, organizations can continue to use the same program regardless of who they choose to do business with. This provides a greater amount of continuity in the PPE tracking process.

PPE Software's primary and only focus is PPE tracking and compliance. Due to this fact, all effort goes into creating a program that is extremely clean, simple, and easy to use. Programs created as additional features to another service often function as they are a second thought.

PPE Software was designed to protect and monitor the fire department's best fiscal interest. This enables your organization to have full control of its care and maintenance costs. A program designed by a vendor may not have been created with the same intent.

We put fire departments in charge of their relationship with care and maintenance vendors. PPE Software will automatically cross check vendor repair estimates against your department's predetermined thresholds. Would a maintenance company design their system around avoiding unnecessary and excessive repair costs? Our system will save your department money by monitoring your vendors and the items you send for repairs. It can be configured to STOP a repair that doesn't make sense.

One case study of a 323 man department has shown a 50% ($12,000) savings in repair cost over 6 months using PPE Software.

We automate processes around bunker gear maintenance, let you know when and which items are due for cleanings, which items are expiring and how much it will be to replace them; which specs are creating excessive repair costs, and what are the most frequent and expensive repairs by model #.