A digital fire logbook is a powerful tool that can provide many advantages for the fire brigade when responding to emergencies in buildings. In this review, Tio discusses some of the key advantages that a digital fire logbook can offer over traditional paper-based fire logbooks when it comes to fire safety and emergency response.
Preservation of the Golden Thread
Unlike paper-based logbooks, digital fire logbooks are backed up and stored online, and the most up-to-date version can be printed when needed, which helps to ensure that important information is not lost in the event of a fire or other disaster. This preservation of the golden thread of building information is significantly improving the effectiveness of post-incident investigations for all authorised and interested parties. Digital fire logbooks track overdue compliance tasks, who made changes to the log, when they were made, and what the changes were so issues and errors can be resolved.
Quick and easy access to information
Digital fire logbooks can be accessed remotely and quickly, providing fire brigade members with fast and easy access to the important information about the building and its fire safety systems. This can include information about the layout of the building, the location of fire exits and fire suppression systems, and details about the building’s occupants.
Digital fire logbooks increase the efficiency of the fire brigade by providing them with accurate and up-to-date information about a building and its occupants in a timely manner. This can help to reduce the time taken to create a plan of action during an emergency and can help to minimise the risk of loss from fire.
In the event of a random inspection by the fire brigade, building occupiers can use digital fire logbooks as a collaboration tool to communicate with the visiting firefighter to easily demonstrate fire safety compliance matches the required standards. This allows both the fire rescue service and the building occupier to be better prepared to communicate and reduce disruption to business.
In conclusion, a digital fire logbook can provide many advantages for the fire brigade when responding to emergencies in buildings. Building occupiers are recommended to start using digital fire logbooks to make managing fire safety simpler, easier and more effective. With quick and easy access to information, improved preparedness, increased efficiency, improved communication, and better decision-making we can minimise the risk of loss from fire and save more lives in an emergency with digital fire logbooks.