Friday, September 7, 2012

Mobile Technologies in Fire and Aviation Management

ViaSat at Pine Creek fire helibase. Satellite dish that is capable of providing high speed internet access in remote spike camp locations

Pine Creek fire, Poncin's Type 1: Keith Hackbarth (USFS - Bitterroot NF) & SITL - Paul Moore (MT DNRC)

Have you heard about the Mobile Technologies Integration into Fire and Aviation Management Project? Read about the project and how you can be a part of project and future of mobile technology. The information below was adapted from the Mobile Technology Group’s newly established MyFireCommunity website.

San Juan IHC personnel using the iPad app on burnout on the Sawmill Fire
The Mobile Technologies Integration into Fire and Aviation Management Project is a USFS national level effort providing a comprehensive and disciplined methodology to evaluate and promote the use of emerging, mobile technologies in Fire and Aviation Management operations and business priorities.

Fire and Aviation Management involves many stakeholders and is not agency specific. The importance of sharing and working across interagency lines is paramount. The intent of this website is to establish a conduit between all Fire and Aviation Management personnel and organizations to reduce duplication, increase information transfer, share lessons learned and ensure data cross-over.
Pine Creek fire, Poncin's Type 1, GISS - Mark Slaten (MT DNRC) & FOBS - Jeff Hayes (Lolo NF)

Fire Season 2012 Projects:
  • R5/R6 Incident Management Team iPad Pilot
  • R1 Incident Management Team and Application iPad Pilot
  • Operational Test Group and Personal Mobile Device Pilot
  • Rappel and IHC crew SEND Device (DeLorme InReach) testing 

San Juan IHC personnel using the iPad app on the Sawmill Fire
Use our Discussion Center and Library to:
  • Contribute to multiple web discussion forums on mobile technologies, share experiences and ask questions.
  • Post tips and tricks and help tutorials for technologies.
  • Recommend and find community rated applications helpful in fire and aviation management positions.
  • Stay up to date with new technology integration and promote innovation.
  • Request to be a member to post recommended applications on the private version of this neighborhood.
Discussion Center categories are:
  • Applications
  • Aviation Operations
  • Fireline Operations
  • Mobile Information Sharing and Transfer
  • Policy and Progress
  • Smartphone Discussions
  • Tablet Discussions
  • Mobile Technology Hardware
  • Mobile Technology Software
  • New Technology
  • Satellite Emergency Notification Devices
  • Training, Tutorials, Guides and Articles
Kings Peak Fire Management Module - Ashley NF, USFS
Other Things You Can Do:
  • Recommend an application that worked well for you by filling out the form on neighborhood home page.
  • Follow them them on Twitter @FAMMobileTech
  • Have ideas on what the Mobile Technologies Group should start working on? Fill out the proposal form located in the Neighborhood Library and email it to the contacts at the bottom of the form.
A special thanks to Esther Godson, member of the Mobile Technologies Group for this post suggestion and photos.

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