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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Treat Your Information Like You're in a Firefight.

Sep 30, 2016 2:52:04 PM / by David Blankinship posted in SituationAnalyst, Planning, Fire Service Data, success, Analysis

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Hate to break it to you, but fixing the IT problem is up to you, not to the young successors that you will promote next.

People talk about data, information, and analysis all the time. As a fire chief you have to listen, but you may not always feel comfortable with what you’re hearing. You tend to think about how hard it is to analyze data or how little control you have over the vast majority of it. Not to mention that the systems that hold this data (think CAD, Records Management, EPCR) live in other organizations like police departments and communication centers. Let’s face it, the information you need is not only hard to comprehend, but also hard to obtain. 

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Get to Know the Team: Joy Collins

Sep 16, 2016 12:10:03 PM / by David Blankinship posted in employees

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Welcome to Intterra's Get to Know the Team Blog Series! This is a space where every other week we put the spotlight on one of our team members and focus on not only what incredible assets they are to the company, but also what makes them tick outside of our office walls. 

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Situation Analyst Tools & Reporting Suite for Fire Departments

Jul 22, 2016 2:50:28 PM / by David Blankinship posted in SituationAnalyst, Analysis, Fire Accreditation

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Intterra is excited to announce that there are several new updates to the SituationAnalyst software. Read on to see how the newest features of Scan benefit your department this summer!

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Welcome to the Intterra Educational Webinar Series

Jun 2, 2016 12:04:09 PM / by David Blankinship posted in Fire Service Data

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Why a Webinar Series? And why focus on Education?

We are a software company. We may be from the fire community with lots of operational experience - but we are a software company. And as we have worked across the country for the past 6 years, we know that fire departments are in all different places and all kinds of hot-messes when it comes to data.

4 reasons to focus on Education:

  1. We see something you don't everyday - that you are all wrestling with the same problems, and solving them independently takes more energy, money and time than it should. We don't all have to create tactics to deal with IT issues any more than you would create all your own fire ground tactics. You collaborate, you go to class, you train and drill on the best ideas, and you work together.
  2. The best tools you have are the ones you use everyday. This is true both with equipment on the engine and tools you use for technology - specifically how you choose to integrate the data you already have - and make it useful to Operations, and every other part of your agency.
  3. Everyone wants to do the right thing with, they just don't all know how. It's not really fair, you signed up to fight fire, but you often fight more with spreadsheets. We think that providing top speakers and free webinars will relieve you a little bit. We will show you how to use what you've got. And how to make it easier - and how to make it mean something for outcomes.
  4. Mastering the use of information and data makes the biggest difference you can make for your mission these days. You have good training, good tactics, good apparatus. But are you applying them to the right things, at the right times, with the right people the right way? Good analysis will tell you that, and good tactical tools will help you do that.

So there it is - we are creating a similar environment for learning about technology as you would look for to learn about interior firefighting or the newest EMS procedures.

But isn't the fox in the hen house?

Obvious question here: Should a tech company be bringing an educational series to the fire service? Absolutely. We're not ashamed of knowing a ton about tech, and sharing what we know. Also, you know the Fire Service is small - and if we were using the webinars to just sell our software, or if we were doing bad business with Fire Departments around the U.S., you would know it and pass it on. 

The fact is that we are proud to be in the the Fire Service, and we are really proud of our product. And we know that because we do a good job, bring value, make you successful - that the people that will tell you about our software are your buddies from other departments. Or call around, you'll find out about us.

So - That frees up a little bit of our time to give back, to educate, to introduce you to each other, and to move the Fire Service with it's patchwork of technology solutions forward. Technology should be easier. There is a road map. And Fire Departments need to find ways for everyone in the organization to benefit from it everyday.


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Intterra's Emergency Management Overview

Jun 1, 2016 10:30:00 AM / by David Blankinship posted in success

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Intterra is serious about emergency management. Our cloud-based software, SITUATIONANALYST (SA), is now the leading fire management application in the industry. SITUATIONANALYST provides an overview of live operations, planning, and public information right on your mobile device. SITUATIONANALYST also allows you to communicate more efficiently in order to deliver the utmost protection to your community. SA has provided invaluable benefits to California, Montana, and yes, even the U.S. Forest Service.

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You Shine in SA: Some of Your Recent Accomplishments

May 23, 2016 5:01:25 PM / by David Blankinship posted in Insider

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Nothing gets the Intterra team more excited than hearing about your accomplishments. That's why we've decided to dedicate a monthly blog post that's all about you! Below you will find just a few of the many inspiring ways SA users are making some major moves. Use this space to ask questions, collaborate on ideas or just give a fellow department a virtual high five! 

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Improvement Makes Perfect! We are hard at work making SA fire strong.

May 19, 2016 4:33:17 PM / by David Blankinship posted in User Interface, field data collection, success

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At Intterra, we believe improvement makes perfect. Intterra consistently strives for improvement in all areas, and is hard at work refining its technology in order to make your Intterra experience as close to perfect as possible. Here's what we've been up to lately.

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Networking? ...Networking!

May 13, 2016 2:27:09 PM / by David Blankinship posted in fire department collaboration, success, networking

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At Intterra, we absolutely love hearing about the incredible feats you have accomplished while using our tools. It really is the driving force behind our constant desire to evolve and create new, innovative ideas! When we see how each of our clients is tailoring their system to better suit their unique needs and problems, we truly feel inspired. And you should too!

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What's New! The Ultimate Field Collector App.

May 11, 2016 7:52:43 PM / by David Blankinship posted in Mapping, field data collection, fire mapping

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There has been a lot of hustle and bustle going on over here at the Intterra offices and after months of developing, testing, improving and more testing, we can finally say that our labors have come to fruition. Without further ado, we are incredibly proud to introduce to you the SA Field Tool App.

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Intterra's what3words

May 6, 2016 10:00:00 AM / by David Blankinship posted in Mapping

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We live in a big world and with that comes the ongoing challenge of creating accurate addresses. These days, it's nearly impossible to find someone who hasn't been disappointed by the confusion of the current addressing system. what3words is a program drastically changing the way specific locations are found around the world.

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