Technology in Emergency Services - NESA

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Technology In

Emergency Services

Developed as part of the National
Emergency Services Curriculum Project

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Introduction


Technology in ES: A misnomer?


What do we mean by Technology?


In what facets of ESR can Technology be
used?


Current Technology and its Applications


The Future of Technology in CAP
Emergency Services


Problems and Issues of Technology in ES

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Technology in ES: A
Misnomer?


Do the methodologies of CAP Emergency Services
lend themselves to the use of Technology?


Can technology be useful enough to justify the
time and money?


At each level, decisions must be made to
determine how much time and money will be spent
on technology


Cost/Benefit analysis must be made

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What do we mean by
Technology


Technology does not necessarily include
only computers


Technology refers to the application of new tools
to make us more efficient


These tools can include


Computers and Software


Radio technology


Digital cameras


Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs)


Etc.

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Where can Technology be
Used in CAP ES?


There are applications for current and future
technology at all levels of CAP


ES Incident Bases


Wing Level


At the local squadron


On Ground Teams


Etc.


The applications of technology and ES are limited
only by cost and the human element

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Current Technology and
Applications


Computers and Software


Of all the technological innovations, computers and
software have the most use in CAP ES


Almost unlimited uses at all levels of CAP ES


COTS (
commercial off the shelf
) products


Specially designed software packages have been
written by SAR personnel

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Mobile Computers


Mobile computers are especially useful in
CAP ES


Portable


Light



Mobile computer have disadvantages


Expense


Battery Life


Susceptible to the elements


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Software


Commercial Products, such as office suites, have a
number of applications


Spreadsheets


Personal Databases


Word Processors



Applications


Check
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ins


Tracking ES Qualifications


Computerized ES Forms

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Software continued…


Mapping Programs


Delorme Topo Maps


Topo Maps are now available in high resolution


Can be used for both air and ground crews


GIS Systems



Many other specialty software packages are
available that have limitless applications for
CAP ES

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GPS


GPS receivers are becoming more
affordable and more precise


GPS receivers will soon be built into
personal radios


GPS systems can interface into many
mapping programs


Provides unprecedented utility to ES Ground
teams

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Communication Technology


Digital radio communications


Higher Range


Clearer, less static


Cellular Phones provide far better
communications than current 2 meter radios
in many areas


RF Technology has many future uses

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Other Current Technology


Personal Digital Assistants


Current and Future PDAs have almost as much
power as mobile computers


True power of PDAs rests with PDA
peripherals


Digital Cameras and Imaging


Many other technological innovations can
be used to make SAR more efficient

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Practical Examples


Computerized Check
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in


CAP Forms & Publications Online



http://level2.cap.gov/visitors/member_services/publications/



Track ES Qualifications

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Future of Technology in
Emergency Services


Moore’s Law


“The sum total of all processing
power doubles every year”


Most benefit of technology in ES will be the
result of merging current technologies


Vision of Future Ground Team or Aircrew
Missions is changing rapidly

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Problems and Issues


For all of its benefits, technology does
present unique problems


These problems are inherent to technology
in all applications, not just CAP ES


Some problems can be solved, but some
must be sidestepped

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Problems


Expense


Up front expense


On
-
going expense


Training problems


Care and Maintenance


Short Technology Lifecycle

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The Human Element


Technology for technology’s sake


Technology applications must make SAR more efficient


Technology for its own sake costs much, but provides little
benefit



The human element


Many ES personnel do not like computers, technology, etc.


“We’ve done it this way for years” mentality


Must demonstrate that technology can be used to make us
more efficient

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Discussion

What are you doing today?


What have you done to better
position yourself for the future?

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QUESTIONS?

THINK SAFETY!