Fire department breathing aparatus
I could really use your wonderful minds to conceive a system/method to track the usage data/whereabouts for the above mentioned equipment.
Each breathing tank requires refilling every 90 days whether used or not. There are 60 tanks in total for the whole department. Due to the voluntary nature of FD's over here the cost needs to be as near to $0 as possible.
My suggestion was to track using the test serials (each tank has to be hydro tested every x amount of years) and logged once filled/used. This is all well and good, but the tanks are distributed throughout the department vehicles/trucks and as long as 60 are accounted for then the books balance. So half the time no one person knows when each tank was last refreshed or on which truck it resides.
I'm thinking along the lines of proper tank serialisation, monitoring and accounting; after each "incident" recording the tanks used, as well as their fill date and truck assignment. Now I'd like to assign tank serials to specific people for purposes of responsibility/accountability but not every member is guaranteed to attend every incident, so some kind of tank rotation between the trucks (as some used more than others) might be favourable.
I have some ideas, but I want yours too.....
Please help :)