Improved fire prevention planning

July 23rd, 2013, Published in Articles: PositionIT

Esri and the US Institute of Fire Engineers have partnered to improve fire prevention planning through the use of simple risk analysis capabilities that include computer mapping and demographic analysis. The methods are being developed by teams of subject matter experts from both organisations and will be made available for free to fire departments across the United States. They will show public safety staff how to more effectively identify high-risk neighbourhoods and create focused fire prevention programs. This partnership will help fire fighters develop strategies and tactics to promote community safety that are more focused on the demographics where it is needed. Esri staff will participate in the training to teach fire department staff how to use the company’s demographic resources combined with an organisation’s incident data to map where to increase education and home safety visits. For instance, agencies can map and identify where incidence of fires with non-working smoke alarms has been high and where increased outreach is needed.

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