Industry Leadership and Qualifications

Blazemark was created by firefighters and professional Fire Protection Engineers to serve the vital need for Pre-planning. We use Blazemark for our firehouses, and as part of the professional services work we do with our clients.

Our pre-planning application is used by hundreds of customers across 1000s of structures and millions of square feet; plus it is used for major interstate exchanges, waterways, rail, and pipelines.

Our staff has extensive experience in EHS and emergency services in settings that include: industry, Department of Defense, career and volunteer Fire/EMS/Rescue departments, and Law Enforcement.

We keep an “All-Hazards” approach with civilian and responder safety at the core of everything we do.  Our staff includes experienced first responders and officers with training in building construction and emergency response.

Bart Krauss


Bart is President and a long-time Firefighter (including stints as the President of his local fire department).

Strong history in start ups like Cognos and  IntelliCorp. Experience managing in dynamic environments.
Bart has worked with a large VC firm in multiple portfolio companies to provide “reality checks” and to straighten out the gaps that often occur between sales, marketing, and development.

Bart also has a lot of experience with the insurance and risk markets.

In his spare time, Bart is a dedicated cyclist, frequently doing 1000+ miles a year. He also enjoys the thrill of downhill skiing. Or at least the aprés skiing.

Jon Kern

Software Engineer

Jon is an aerospace engineer by training, but through that work, he morphed into doing more and more software as a means to solve problems and provide useful end-user solutions. Jon is passionate about helping folks succeed by delivering business value through software, and loves working with fire fighters, emergency responders, and corporate EHS and risk managers. 

His varied career has spanned cruise missile jet engine R&D, flight simulators (e.g., F-14 and F/A-18), to being an object-oriented software architect and lightweight process evangelist through the 90s. Jon co-authored books with Peter Coad, and helped to found the very successful TogetherSoft products and company. Jon lived half-time in St. Petersburg, Russia, for a few years to lead the TogetherSoft development team. Jon is a co-author of the Agile Manifesto for Software Development (2001), which took the software world by storm and created a world-wide movement to improve the delivery of software by focusing on delighting customers. 

Jon loves to code… but when he is not, he loves to travel the world with his wife/family. He is a part-time mountain climber, non-expert skier, and a coffee and craft beer lover, and an Audi fanatic.