Friday, June 17, 2011

NFPA completes Third Needs Assessment of the U.S. Fire Service

Big thanks to Al Studt, Kennedy Space Center Fire Systems Engineer, and Lieutenant/EMT with Canaveral Fire Rescue.

Fighter, for the following heads up concerning the recently released
Needs Assessment by the National Fire Protection Association.  From pages 159 concerning geospatial capabilities:

"Table 6-3 indicates that roughly half of all fire departments have no map coordinate
system (48% of departments that said they knew whether they had a system), roughly
unchanged from 45% in 2001 and 50% in 2005. There are some indications that national
authorities are more supportive of the need for standardization in this area, particularly in
the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, but there is no evidence of progress at the local level.

Table 6-4 indicates that the vast majority of departments with a map coordinate system
have only a local system, which means the system they have is unlikely to be usable with
global positioning systems (GPS) or familiar to, or easily used by, non-local emergency
response partners, such as Urban Search and Rescue Teams, the National Guard, and
state or national response forces. Moreover, interoperability of spatial-based plans,
information systems, equipment, and procedures will likely be rendered impossible
beyond the local community under these circumstances. This reliance almost exclusively
on local systems exists across-the-board, in all sizes of communities.

The U. S. National Grid (USNG-NAD83) standard, based on the grid system used by
U.S. military units and National Guard forces around the world, was adopted as the
system best suited for eventual national standardization. Nearly all departments (99%)
indicated no use of the U.S. National Grid (called Military Grid in the survey and Table
Only 1% of departments reported no 911 or similar system in the latest survey,
down from 6% in 2001 and unchanged from 1% in 2005. (See Table 6-5.)

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