Firefighting with Big Data

Posted on: January 17, 2017, by: Ann Kelly

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On any given day, firefighters are presented with multiple rescue and firefighting situations. Often first on the scene and the only responder with the necessary tools and training to manage the situation, having the right information to make critical decisions that save property and lives is key to their success.

En route to an incident, they are presented with multiple sources of information; radio contact from the control room, alerts via text and mobile devices, an information panel in the response vehicle and mounds of technical manuals, regulations and policies and procedures, which must be quickly consumed and evaluated in a 4 – 5 minute drive to their destination.

Forward-thinking fire service organizations are managing this information using the power of analytics to prepare responders for what they are likely to encounter when they arrive and ensure they are fully equipped with the right tools, as well as data to get the job done.

One senior firefighter with the City of Amsterdam (who also runs a data consultancy organization) is leveraging semantics, linked data and predictive modeling to turn Big Data into a valuable firefighting resource that provides a real-time risk profile of the incident area to aid respondents and by extension save property and lives.

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