Digitally Upgrading the Fire Department's Equipment

What new digital tools can the Fire Department add to their toolbox to help them identify and fight fires?

Project Description: Firefighting is a critical and long-standing municipal service. We know that the Fire Department would benefit from using new tools and technology in their service delivery. This is expected to be a multi-pronged initiative. 1. When there is a fire in the city, firefighters enter buildings with no knowledge of the building's layout and no way to accurately articulate their precise location in the event they lose their way. The Fire Department would benefit from wayfinding assistance, such as 3D mapping of major buildings and industrial complexes in the city that could be available on scene. 2.Sometimes smoke alarms are disabled or not working effectively, we'd like to test early detection of fire using IoT technology that would assist when smoke alarms don't function effectively in large buildings. 3. It's difficult for firefigthers at times to tell when a fire is starting to become too hot, we'd like research related to best practices and proposed approaches related to situational awareness (including personnel location, temperature/humidity sensors on equipment and health status).

City Staff: Andrea McKinney, Chief Digital Officer

Deliverables: Primary Research (ie. conducting surveys and/or collecting data), Secondary Research (i.e. review of literature and finding information from books and online), Feasibility Study, Prototype (physical), Pilot, Developing the actual maps

Location: City wide

City Strategy Priority: Healthy and Safe Communities

Availability: Fall semester 2019 (September - December)

Staff participation: One hour/month

Number of groups: 2

Jay Ziebarth