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
OCTOBER 21, 2007 WITCH FIRE
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
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
BORING BUT NECESSARYCOOL TOYS(WHERE MOST COMPANIES FOCUS)
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
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.*******