IAFC Identifies Data “As A Wicked Problem For Fire Departments”
– We Can Fix That
Communities are growing at a rapid rate and things are changing faster than anyone can absorb.
“Data” is identified as one of the Five Wicked Issues fire departments are facing today by the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC). The IAFC recognizes that community risk reduction comes at a premium and Fire Chiefs need to prepare and make sure they know their communities. Fire Chiefs need to ask themselves, “Are we doing enough to give our crews the best chance for success?”
New technologies are being implemented by fire departments across North America at a rapid rate.
Forward-thinking fire departments are taking full advantage of the data revolution to reduce community risk by having accurate information readily available when seconds count. Pre-incident planning can now be achieved with the aid of mobile technology to collect information such as the size and location of structures including residential buildings, water flow requirements, closest fire hydrants, full site plans with 360° street views, and much more. More importantly, all of this information is available to firefighters before the truck even rolls out of the station using APX’s SmartMAP technology. SmartMAP brings the data to life and displays information on a map, presents the preplan with a single click, and is interactive giving the Incident Commander the ability to place assets, such as engines, right on the map.