Technology as a Force Multiplier When Fire-Rescue Agencies Support a Variety of Incident Types Sara Diaz Emerging Technologies Manager San Diego Fire-Rescue

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  • Technology as a Force MultiplierWhen Fire-Rescue Agencies Support a Variety of Incident TypesSara DiazEmerging Technologies ManagerSan Diego Fire-Rescue

  • La Jolla LandslideOct. 2007$48 million

    111 homes affected

    Dozens damaged

    6 unlivable


  • Marine Corps F-18 Jet crashDecember 20084 residents killed

    $70 million in legal claims

    2 houses destroyed

  • 24 persons rescued

    40 horses rescued; 4 drown

    Homes/ranches flooded

    Tijuana River Valley floodingDecember 2008

  • Escondido Bomb House December 2010

  • Opportunities for Tech Solutions

  • Where Can Technology Make Us More EfficientStaffing Decisions - Data Modeling and SchedulingBusiness Drivers and Indicators (Dashboards)Fire Records Management OutcomesPublic Information Social MediaPublic Requests for InformationDepartmental Communications

    Operations Data in the Field to Avoid Reach Back

    Special Operations Specialty Teams

    Critical Incidents Situational AwarenessIncident Tracking


  • Common ThemesSituational Awareness The Incident EnvironmentResources DeployedFirst Responder SafetySafety of Impacted Citizens What Others are Doing (Common Operating Picture)

    Information FusionLimited ResourcesInformation Compiled and Easy to ComprehendLimited User Configuration

  • Limiting FactorsCost ConsiderationsReadily Available = Purchasing Multiple QuantitiesGrant Programs Have Assisted in Purchases, but Not MaintenancePotential for Equipment Loss/Failure

    Ease of UseTechnology Must Compliment Operations, not SupersedeIf it is Too Difficult to Turn On and Get Running, It Wont Be UsedIf Not Used Everyday, Training Becomes an Issue

  • Questions ?

    What do we know about Fire Progression? Fact - Extreme Fire Conditions will occur.

    Trends suggest we have had some tactical success between 2003 and 2007, but still have strategic failures* But dealing with wildfires is just one of the day-to-day challenges faced.

    Structure fires account for about 20 percent of emergency calls

    Medical aids account for the largest number of responses

    The department operates two multi-mission helicopters. They can operate 7/24 and at night for firefighting, hoist rescues and medical transport.

    In addition there is a bomb squadand a Hazardous Materials team that serves the entire County region

    The Lifeguard Service is also part of the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department with the responsibility of safeguarding lives year-around along the 17 miles of coast and bay front areas

    * We have had our fair share of disasters that have captured the nations headlines.

    There was the landslide in the La Jolla area affecting a number of million-dollar homes

    * There was the tragic accident involving a military jet that crashed into a neighborhood in the north part of the city

    About 1/3 of the department personnel responded to the incident. Quick actions kept the fire contained to the area of the crash homes were protected.

    There were initial concerns about toxic fumes and hazardous waste from the crash and fire

    * The San Diego area usually gets less than 10 inches of rain a year.

    Weather patterns have been changingas we saw last year with major flooding along the Mexican border

    Major rainwater run off from Mexico overflowed the backs of a river leading to the ocean

    Horse ranches and homes in the valley were overwhelmed initiating a emergency response of several agencies.*******