Why It Matters
The quality and timeliness of situational awareness (SA) greatly impacts the effectiveness and safety of fire fighting. In a 2008 report on factors that contribute to fire fighter injuries in the U.S., situational awareness problems contributed to 37.3 percent of the injuries. SA requires acquiring knowledge of past events, understanding of present circumstances in context, and anticipating future events. It also requires a high degree of communication and coordination up and down the chain of command.
Fire Vision was created to ensure that everyone on scene has access to accurate and reliable information about the site resources and hazards. Below are just two examples of the icons and information associated with those icons included in Fire Vision. There are over 90 preselected icons in Fire Vision.