A little more than 14 months into a 2-year, 1.3 million dollar Assistance for Firefighters Grant from FEMA, NFPA has entered a new phase of development for the National Fire Data System with Applied Geographics, Inc. (AppGeo), a company specializing in geospatial information technologies, data integrations, analytics, and custom solutions.
Thanks to AFG funding, NFPA has been identifying and developing the groundwork for a horizontally- and vertically-scalable system that collects data from fire departments since September 2016. An executive advisory group and technical working group has been helping to form the proof of concept for the project.
With AppGeo in place, NFPA can now begin developing, building and testing an infrastructure that will ingest, store and export data from existing and emerging industry data sources. Initially, the plan is to provide a fire service foundational data framework that includes incident, operations, and health and wellness data. In the future, the National Fire Data System will look to tell a more complete story of the fire service that factors in fire prevention, community risk reduction, training, and investigation information.
“Data is quickly driving how the fire service makes its decisions, and demonstrates its value to communities,” said Matt Hinds-Aldrich, NFPA’s big data program manager and National Fire Data System lead. “NFPA is excited to be spearheading the effort to capture, share and analyze metrics that will more accurately reflect the work of fire departments and help spotlight the resources needed to ensure that communities and our first responders are safe from a myriad of hazards.”
NFPA has been recognized as a leader in the collection, analysis and communication of fire loss data for more than 80 years, and has the partnerships, personnel, and proven track record to ensure timely and quality completion of the National Fire Data System.