Forest fires are increasing, and they are affecting larger areas and becoming more severe in several regions of the world. Fire must be managed across landscapes that are often fragmented into many land ownerships and political jurisdictions.
The growth of the wildland-urban interface fire problem has become a concern for all fire chiefs and their political leadership. Specific concerns and challenges for fire chiefs include the following:
Wild Fire suppression calls for a few unique techniques apart from normal firefighting. Resources needed are not only crew and firefighting equipment, but ranges from constructing fire lines to using specially designed aircrafts. Availability of these specific equipment and trained personals are the most difficult challenge apart from reaching the area. Once they reached the spot; they have to be provided places to eat, sleep and work. Firefighting efforts in wildland areas requires different techniques, equipment, and training from the more familiar structure firefighting found in populated areas.
Resources on Demand for firefighters provides a solution that allows users to easily access data stored in the system on crew resources, equipment, and logistical information. This enables the fire command, to access appropriate information for a better view of the current situation, i.e. how many teams are available, the skills the teams possess, the location of the team, and if the team has work already assigned.
How RoD helps the fire command: