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Welcome to the world's first podcast specifically dedicated to new and emerging technologies for emergency management

If you are wired to help save lives, reduce suffering, and thrive in the chaotic world of emergency management then the SmartEOC Podcast is for you.

If you want to know what's working now, and what the future may bring, then you are in the right place.

The SmartEOC Podcast is about bringing experts, practitioners, thought leaders, and solutions providers into the same conversation about how to do a better job of helping people.

It's about helping you help others.

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“There aren’t a lot of people that have the same level of operational experience that Steve Newton (Newt) does. With more than 30 years of experience in all hazards emergency management, he’s successfully lead teams through all phases of emergencies, from preparedness and response through recovery.

Rarer still, though, is that Newt combines that operational experience with a strong understanding of new technology and innovation. Throughout his career he’s brought together bright, cross-discipline teams to build solutions that were ahead of their time.

He’s still doing that now, pushing to find new ways to establish or improve current best practices. From small communities to large organizations, Newt has applied that combination of operational practicality and new ideas in a way that minimizes disruption and promotes efficiency.”

Dan Erikson, Chief Operating Officer


“From a foundation of senior experience as a wildfire and emergency management decision maker, Steve brings energy and innovation to all projects. His perspective and ability to connect the dots, coupled with strong leadership and a ‘build-the-team’ approach encourages team members to excel in achieving goals.”

Martin Torn, President

Selkirk Systems Inc.


“Newt. You’ve always been the maverick, the guy thinking outside the box, and the one that truly believed in challenging and developing staff. You’ve been a good friend, a great supporter, and you’ve always had an extremely practical way about you.”

Travis Abbey, Zone Wildfire Officer

Cranbrook Fire Zone, BC Wildfire Service


“Innomergence was instrumental in helping the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary recover from unprecedented flooding in the Boundary Region of BC in spring of 2018. Innomergence helped us to build a grassroots recovery team to ensure our residents were supported through the recovery process. Steve’s creative approach of using his extensive contact list of emergency management professionals combined with innovative approaches to technology and information management ensured that the recovery team was able to focus on what mattered – helping those affected by flooding.”

Chris Marsh, Manager of Emergency Programs

Regional District of Kootenay Boundary


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They call me Newt and this is what the Smart EOC Podcast is about


I spent 30 years in the emergency management operations domain before retiring in 2018. I started a small consulting company which has expanded to include this podcast.

Since childhood, at the essence of my value system has been helping people, and that's what this is all about.

The Smart EOC Podcast is about encouraging the global conversation around some of these emerging technologies and how they can enable better common operating pictures and information sharing to support critical life-saving decision making.

We interview emergency management experts and practitioners to identify challenges, best practices, and visions for the future, and then look to the world of technology providers for solutions and new directions.

The Smart EOC Podcast is about creating a higher level of awareness about what is out there that is working in the real world of emergency response and recovery.

It’s about making it safer and easier for you to help people.

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