Directions with Stan Grant
Flashpoint: Chief Kim Zagaris on disaster management

Flashpoint: Chief Kim Zagaris on disaster management

June 23, 2021

How can leaders use technological innovation to mitigate and respond to a crisis?

Kim Zagaris spent the first part of his career serving in the army, but a twist of fate saw him switch from army tanks to fire trucks. 

As he drove home from a night out with his mates, he was confronted by a fire out of control. Pulling up, a firefighter directed him to grab a hose. It was a sliding door moment.

Decades on, Chief Kim Zagaris was named California’s Fire Chief of the Year. He’s been involved in every catastrophic emergency in California over a distinguished 40-year career and has placed technological innovation at the heart of modern-day firefighting – completely changing the way agencies respond to crises. 

“We're actually looking at real-time vehicle location, or where resources are, and how quickly we'll get to an incident, and matching up those resources with a database… and we're using geographic information and technology to do it”.

Next episode: Brian Boulmay, global digital transformation leader.

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Directions is a podcast hosted by award-winning journalist Stan Grant about how leaders use technology and innovation to solve problems and to shape our increasingly complex world. 

This is a BGT Production created in partnership with Esri Australia.

Esri Australia is the nation's leading GIS technology and services provider and part of the BGT group.

Life and death decisions: Mike King shares lessons from the thin blue line

Life and death decisions: Mike King shares lessons from the thin blue line

June 9, 2021

Criminal profiler Mike King on using data to find the truth in any situation

As one of the world’s leading criminal investigators, Mike King is intimately familiar with high-pressure, life and death scenarios. 

For 40 years, he’s worked with law enforcement around the world, taught top police investigators the art of criminal profiling, and consulted on public safety strategy for large-scale events including SuperBowls, marathons, G20s, and the Olympics. 

He’s been on the frontline in the hunt for serial predators and broken open some of the world’s most perplexing cold cases. He’s pioneered experimental training techniques and was one of the first to bring geospatial technology innovation into investigation war rooms.

Mike King’s unconventional methods have even seen him escort one of the USA’s most prolific living mass murderers from his Death Row stall to meet with investigators – giving them the ultimate tutorial in the workings of a serial killer’s mind. 

A published author, documentary maker and guest speaker on popular talk shows, Mike King has been awarded the USA’s National Police Officer of the Year. His latest venture takes you deep inside the rapidly evolving world of criminal profiling in his breakout podcast series Mapping Evil with Mike King.

Explore some of the world's most chilling crimes and learn how understanding the geography of crimes, predators and victims can shed new light on unsolved cases. Subscribe in your podcast app or get more information here.

Next episode: Chief Kim Zagaris, wildfire policy and technology advisor.

DirectionsPodcast.com

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Directions is a podcast hosted by award-winning journalist Stan Grant about how leaders use technology and innovation to solve problems and to shape our increasingly complex world. 

This is a BGT Production created in partnership with Esri Australia.

Esri Australia is the nation's leading GIS technology and services provider and part of the BGT group.

 

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