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Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
www.osha.gov/dep/fire-expmatrix/index.html.The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently developed this on-line “Fire and Explosion Planning Matrix” to help employers reduce their vulnerability to, or the consequences of, a terrorist explosive device or act of arson.
The Red Cross
www.redcross.org/disaster/masters/.The Red Cross is now providing lesson plans and activities for children ages 5-13 to help them and their families prepare for a fire. The materials, developed with support from the US Fire Administration (USFA), are aimed at reducing the injuries and fatalities among children due to residential fire. The information is obtainable by clicking on the “fire prevention and safety” icon on this Web site.
www.usfa.fema.gov/inside-usfa/newsletter/2003/news100103.shtm.The USFA has also begun publishing an on-line newsletter available at this URL.
www.usfa.fema.gov/applications/publications/.Every year, more fire departments are implementing geographic information systems (GIS) in their departments for geographical analysis and display of department activities. To facilitate this change, the USFA has released a CD-ROM tutorial, which offers an introduction to GIS for the fire service and links to more advanced information and key resources. Included with the CD-ROM is a video called “Mapping the Future of Fire”, which demonstrates actual use by the Wilson, North Carolina, fire department. The tutorial can be obtained at no cost at the URL above (search for publication FA-259)
Federal Emergency Management Agency
www.firesafety.gov/.The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Fire Safety Council have joined to create this one-stop information resource for residential fire safety and prevention information that is distributed by the federal government.
Geospatial Multi-Agency Coordination
http://geomac2.cr.usgs.gov/.The Geospatial Multi-Agency Coordination Web site was started at the request of fire managers who needed real-time geospatial information on the status, location, and proximity of wildfires to life, property, and infrastructure. A visual presentation of active fires gives managers a better idea of where to focus resources. This site received an unprecedented number of hits during the recent California wildfires. Server capabilities have been updated to accommodate future events.