If fire department resources are deployed to match the risk levels inherent to hazards in the community, it has been scientifically demonstrated that the community will be far less vulnerable to negative outcomes in firefighter injury and death, civilian injury and death and property loss. FireCARES analyzes massive amounts of fire department and community data to identify whether resources are appropriately deployed to match a community's risk level.
“In the constant battle to match critical resources to the needs in our communities, FireCARES and NFORS provide valuable information designed to decrease overall community risks and vulnerability. The overarching goal of both FireCARES and NFORS is to assist in making sound decisions, based on quantifiable data that will provide for safe, effective, and efficient emergency response services.”
“FireCARES assesses community risks and fire department response to risk events. It is a big-data analytical system that can be used with NFORS to provide powerful insights into resource deployment and on-scene operations. Both of these tools leverage the results of the landmark NIST studies on residential and high-rise fires, bringing scientific accuracy to deployment decisions and firefighter safety.”
“The launch of FireCARES represents a watershed event in firefighter safety. We brought together an interdisciplinary team of engineers, firefighter research scholars, statisticians, and the firefighter community to produce a community assessment risk tool to benefit society.”
“FireCARES uses advancements in measurement science which allow for a better understanding of how community characteristics uniquely define their fire risks and demand for fire department services.”
“IPSDI is empowering fire departments to harness the power of their data to better protect their communities with two cutting edge data science solutions. FireCARES is a platform that takes the complex issue of data analysis and develops tools to make data useful for the fire service. It is becoming a total launch point for the fire service to recognize the power of data and the value of quality data entry. NFORS brings real-time visualization of fire service effectiveness and efficiency right to the department so they can gain insights and save lives.”
“FireCARES is a cloud-based, big-data analytical platform that brings together numerous layers of information — from residential parcel data to detailed characteristics of high-rise and commercial buildings — to help policy makers and fire departments allocate the right resources for their unique communities. It is an important tool that will improve our ability to assess and prepare for hazards, and the Cockrell School of Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin is a proud partner in its development.”
“The need for fire service leaders to provide transparency in their actions, make decisions based on hard data, promote a culture that can adapt quickly and innovate with creativity, is the new normal. FireCARES and NFORS serve as contemporary tools for agencies wishing to improve as it provides easy access to necessary risk and performance data. Such data are foundational in the Commission on Fire Accreditation International accreditation process where agencies self-assess their organization to determine risk and safety needs for the community, evaluate performance, align resources and establish methods to continuously improve.”