SAINT PAUL, MN (KMHL) — Minnesota’s fire departments have a new tool to help prevent or reduce the number of fires in their communities and ultimately save lives. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety State Fire Marshal Division (SFMD) launched a new Fire Risk Analysis Tool today and made it available to the fire service statewide.
This software platform is unique in mapping which areas of a jurisdiction have the most fires and pinpoints what caused them. Fire chiefs can use these data points to:
- Identify high-risk populations and communities to better focus resources.
- Identify staffing needs at fire stations based on the numbers and types of fires.
- Plan where mobile shifts should park their rigs at specific times.
- Determine which neighborhoods need public education around fire prevention.
- Measure and track fire mitigation efforts.
- Strategize where to build future fire stations.
Right now, smoking-related fires are the number one cause of fire deaths statewide. The Fire Risk Analysis Tool could offer the data needed to bring those numbers down by identifying where people are smoking and what age groups are most affected. The goal is to use the information to be strategic about prevention efforts when departments continue to face limited funding and resources.