Futures of Work & Learning in the US: Fire Service Education & Training

Track: Instructor Development Conference

Session Number: ES2
Date: Fri, Sep 29th, 2017
Time: 10:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Room: Conference Sessions


Future of Work & Learning in the US: Fire Service Education & Training for a Blue-White-Dirty Collar Occupation

"Recently, National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) and Fire Protection Research Foundation (FPRF) published the *Research Roadmap for Smart Fire Fighting*, a detailed report about the ways that cyber-physical systems and smart-technologies like wearable PPE, remote sensing, realtime data analytics, and pre- and post-incident data analysis will change the ways that firefighters prepare, train, plan, and respond to incidents and emergencies in the next 20 years. Emergent technologies like Scott Sight (an SCBA mask with onboard thermal imaging) and Globe's Wearable Analytics Sensor Platform (WASP, PPE with physiological and location monitoring built in) serve as examples of current technologies that have already entered the marketplace and will soon begin to impact the time honored practices and tools that firefighters have utilized to successfully carry out missions in the past. While the impact that these emergent technologies and cyber physical systems will have is hard to gauge, the NIST/FPRF suggests that they will ""revolutionize firefighting"" (p. xx) as the fireservice moves from ""tradition-based tactics"" and ""data-poor decision making"" to ""data-driven science-based tactics"" and ""information-rich decision making environments"" (p. 9). Moreover, technological innovation is rapidly outpacing our ability to develop standards, best practices, and/or to develop training and education programs that will prepare the next wave of firefighters. The past two years NFPA developed and promulgated two new standards, *NFPA 950: Standard for Data Development and Exchange for the Fire Service* and NFPA 951: Guide to Building and Utilizing Digital Information* for managing data, to help provide guidance for the the ways data might begin to be integrated into fire service activities. Given the potential that these technologies have to rapidly and powerfully disrupt the practices and tools that firefighters have utilized for hundreds of years, we argue that it is important for fire instructors and officers responsible for training and education programs to begin to identify organizational and cultural identify barriers that might adverse impact their ability to educate and prepare recruits, firefighters, line officers, incident commanders, and executive officers for these potentially monumental shifts.

Thus, we propose an interactive, participatory panel that will have four components. First, we'll briefly contextualize these emergent technologies by discussing the ways that our transdisciplinary research team and Poudre Fire Authority has sought to address the ethical pitfalls and strategic opportunities associated with wearable physiological monitoring devices in training settings (10-15 minutes). Second, we'll provide a brief overview of exciting technologies like the firefighter Patrick Jackson's Google Glass app, Globe's WASP, and Frisco, Texas' Situational Awareness for Emergency Response (SAFER) project (10-15 minutes). Third, we'll break participants to work in small work groups 3-4 attendees, and ask participants to 1) identify the ways that they might prepare recruits, firefighters, line officers and incident commanders to integrate the data provided by these tool into existing responses; 2) identify and describe economic, cultural, organizational barriers that might impact fire service organizations' abilities to develop these types of training and education programs; 3) consider ways that they might influence policy and strategic planning within their local organizations (20-25 minutes). Finally, we'll ask each group to report back on their findings, so that we can record and synthesize their responses and share those findings with the larger ISFSI community (20-25 minutes)."
Session Type: Educational Session
Session Type: Educational Session