Fire Marshal Mike Knoll is currently out doing inspections with new tablets purchased by the Newton Fire Department. One of City Council goals was to start using tablets to complete inspections of businesses. This allows all of the information to be updated in the field and transferred back to the record management software in the office.
In addition, inspection reports can be signed by the occupants on the tablet and reports can be emailed to them as well. This will eventually lead to a near paperless system. The City of Newton inspects the approximate 350 business occupancies once every three years.