As the duties of emergency responders are numerous, they commonly utilize Standard Operating Procedures and Standard Operating Guidelines (SOPs/SOGs) to fulfill their mission. SOPs/SOGs are typically prescriptive documents that are not uniform and are customized between emergency response organizations. For example, in the United States there are more than 31,000 individual fire departments, and each is likely to use dozens of different SOPs/SOGs addressing numerous tasks. These ultimately represent best practice for a particular emergency response organization, and are used to facilitate training, support operational guidance, and to interpret policy during post event assessment.
A new information development tool that is becoming recognized in recent years is "crowdsourcing," and it offers intriguing potential benefits for the development of SOPs/SOGs. The transparent communication tools of today’s internet age have strongly enabled the concept of crowdsourcing. It offers a novel approach to synthesize and coordinate information on a common technical topic based on broad and on-going input from directly impacted stakeholders. This project focuses on the use of crowdsourcing techniques to develop and refine SOPs/SOGs for the fire service, with a prototype focus on addressing fires involving electric & hybrid vehicles. The goal of this project is to investigate the virtues of a novel approach for generating SOPs/SOGs for the fire service.
Download the full report, "Development of Emergency Responder SOPs/SOGs: Using Crowdsourcing to Address Electric Vehicle Fires" written by Ellie Burgess withCustos Fratris L3C, Tucson, AZ.