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David Blankinship

David is a 22-year veteran of the Geospatial industry. He started in the utilities sector, then spent 10+ years as the Senior GIS Analyst for Colorado Springs Fire. While there David deployed across the country supporting disasters and major incidents and thinking about how to get information to decision makers when they needed it, no matter where they were. As the CXO, David leverages best practices in user experience and innovating new ways to improve it – communicating from an executive and technical level with Public Safety Organizations and the Intterra dev and ops teams.
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Fire Data Lab Brings Science Into Decision Making

Aug 15, 2018 2:13:43 PM / by David Blankinship posted in Technology, Fire Service Data, fire department collaboration

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The Fire Data Lab isdedicated to accelerating the use of data-driven decision making in the fire service throughout the United States. Created as a partnership between the Western Fire Chiefs Association (WFCA), multiple Public Safety Organizations (PSOs), and Intterra, the Fire Data Lab (FDL) facilitates the sharing of data among participating agencies. The goal is to improve fire service outcomes by revealing opportunities to do things like shorten call response times, or better allocate resources. Using science and data for better planning and decision making means fire agency leadership has a better foundation to build toward better results. Read on for more detail about how you can bring data science into your operation.

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National Experts Team for Next-gen Intterra Field Tool

Jun 7, 2018 6:06:41 PM / by David Blankinship posted in field data collection, Wildfire, Pre-incident plans, Mapping, User Interface

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At Intterra, our version of Shark Week is Wildfire Ops Week. We look forward to it so much and this year it was awesome.
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Get to Know the Team: Andy McMurry

Jan 5, 2017 8:00:00 AM / by David Blankinship posted in employees

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We always get so excited to bring you new information about a different member of our terrific staff every two weeks. At Intterra, each employee plays a uniquely valuable role. We really couldn't exist without everybody on the team. As part of our get to know the team series, we invite you to meet Andy McMurry this week. Andy is an Account Manager here at Intterra, and he makes a huge difference in our day-to-day operations. Aside from being great at what he does, he's a really important person in our lives overall. We depend on him for his wisdom and experience, and we love him for his example of how to love people. Here are his responses to our questions: 

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5 Trends to Focus On in 2017

Dec 29, 2016 10:28:47 AM / by David Blankinship posted in Planning

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As we wrap up 2016, it's important to take a look at things that are going to have a significant impact on 2017. By exploring these trends now, it's more likely that you'll be able to capitalize on them and create a more productive year for your department and all of the people involved within your jurisdiction. The Internet of Things (IoT) and Big Data are accelerating the pace of progress in Public Safety just like every other aspect of our lives. And the must-discuss item that will underpin all of the trends we discuss in Public Safety Technology for 2017 is FirstNet. The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) network will begin to emerge this year. The bidding is over, the paperwork and the lawyers are finishing up. Time to get down to business: providing emergency responders with the first nationwide, high-speed, broadband network dedicated to public safety.

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5 Lessons We've Learned in 2016

Dec 14, 2016 2:45:04 PM / by David Blankinship posted in success

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Technology moves fast and in 2016 it moved even faster than we could’ve imagined. It’s been a great year. Along the way we have learned so many valuable lessons. We are excited to share some of them with you here as a comprehensive wrap up to the end of 2016.

Here are 5 lessons we think you will find valuable:

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Get to Know the Team: Thomas Falk from Intterra

Dec 12, 2016 1:13:25 PM / by David Blankinship posted in employees

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At Intterra, we attribute our success to the hard work of each of our individual employees. As part of our Get to Know the Team Blog Series, we interviewed our staff so that you can have the opportunity to get to know them better. We encourage you to continue reading and see what each of our employees brings to the team.

This week's spotlight is on Thomas Falk, our Data Analyst at Intterra.

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Get to Know the Team: Jason Posthuma from Intterra

Nov 28, 2016 5:21:16 PM / by David Blankinship posted in employees

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Welcome to our Get to Know the Team blog series! This is your opportunity to get to know each member of the Intterra family a little bit better. This week we would like to introduce you to our software and systems developer extraordinaire, Jason Posthuma. He's been with us since October of 2015 and we wouldn't have it any other way! Jason spends most of his workday integrating new technologies into our software and making sure our customers receive the best possible version of our product. Check out his answers to a few of the questions we asked below and get to know Jason a little better.

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Keep Calm and United States Forest Service

Nov 9, 2016 2:35:32 PM / by David Blankinship posted in success

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Well, I guess we can't really tell you to stay calm. We sure aren't calm, we're really excited. Since we started in 2010, we at Intterra have been fortunate enough to achieve incredible success throughout the years. Our clients have enabled us to spread our wings and really evolve our technology. Because of this, we have been able to truly make a difference in the everyday lives of both the boots on the ground as well as the decision-making chiefs. This would not have been possible without all of you, and especially not without the U.S. Forest Service. They've given us some serious support and love over the years and we couldn't be more grateful.

 

So, without further ado, we are thrilled to announce that we will be continuing our partnership with them!

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Get to Know the Team: Kristin Blankinship

Nov 7, 2016 10:29:11 AM / by David Blankinship posted in employees

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As part of our Get to Know the Team blog series, this week's spotlight is on Kristin Blankinship. Kristin's role at Intterra is providing the team with bookkeeping, administrative, and HR support. She has a BS in Business Management and Finance and is a total math whiz. Check out her answers to a few of the questions we asked her below and get to know Kristin a little better.

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Get to Know the Team: Jim Wolf

Oct 20, 2016 11:33:08 AM / by David Blankinship posted in employees

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Welcome to the second installment of our Get to Know the Team blog series. This week we're getting know our very own Wildfire Operations Chief and Program Manager, Jim Wolf. 

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