Fire Department PreplansYou have heard it said that if you fail to plan, you are planning to fail. This is true in business, vacation planning, athletics, and essentially every part of life. For firefighters, failing to plan is simply not an option, because the resulting failure can be fatal. Your firehouse knows how vital it is to make sure you perform incident preplans. Although they can be tedious, every street and every building that you assess houses people who may one day need you to rescue them. Each fire hydrant, each apartment, each narrow road, and each inspection could make a life or death difference for someone in your community. Every time you complete a fire department preplan, you could be caching the information needed to protect your firefighters from serious injury. 

There are few things that work as effectively to raise situational awareness as thorough fire department preplans. However, they do not have to be tedious in order to be thorough. 

Here is what you need to know about how the right software can save time and energy, while capturing data thoroughly and making it available readily to your firehouse. 

Fire Department Preplans that Raise Situational Awareness

The NFPA 1620 has set the standard for fire department preplans. To be consistent with it, departments need to perform comprehensive on-site surveys that collect as much data as possible. These plans are absolutely vital for raising life-saving situational awareness; however, collecting all the data can be tedious if you do not have the right tools in place. That is where the StreetWise® suite can help. Our "Preplan Wizard" does much of the work for you, so you can focus on improving your response. The wizard walks you step-by-step through all the important details recommended in the NFPA standard and allows instant addition of photos. Information you need to gather includes:

  • All entrances and exits
  • Access to water sources and fire hydrants
  • Knowledge of alarm systems and fire suppression systems 
  • The potential presence of hazardous material
  • The days and times people are likely to be in a building
  • The layout and direction of streets 
  • Any and every potential obstacle 

Having the plan is one thing, but access is often another. Clunky, slow laptops are not user-friendly when you are responding to an emergency. Our preplan wizard integrates with every StreetWise® tablet, putting the preplan data at the fingertips of your firefighters, dispatchers, and paramedics. If you would like to know more about how to improve your fire department preplans, contact the team at StreetWise®. Gone are the days when you were expected to rely on systems designed for police. Our systems were designed by firefighters for fire departments and EMS. We are here and ready to answer all of your questions.