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During the process of creating a prefire plan, the platform utilizes a series of algorithms that work behind the scenes to automatically determine and populate:
In order to ensure our customers begin seeing value the moment they start using FlowMSP, we have pioneered a method of creating basic preplans for every single building in a customer’s jurisdiction.
These plans include:
The most critical aspect of pre-plan information is rapidly accessing it during the course of an emergency response. To ensure the most rapid access possible, FlowMSP can receive messaging from most CAD dispatching platforms.
Upon receiving a CAD message, the platform will extract the address of the incident and provide a button that instantly displays the plan associated with that address.
This process means single-click access to preplan information, overhead satellite imagery and nearby hydrants.
Unfamiliar area? Snow covered roads? Darkness?
Never miss another hydrant again.
A key tenet at FlowMSP is giving Incident Commanders all the information they may need to execute their fire attack plans. That includes water supply.
We display all your hydrants directly on the satellite image of your jurisdiction, in the NFPA color-codes for volume.
Now, Incident Commanders can determine, at a glance, where the nearest hydrant is. Or the nearest high-volume hydrant.
While our system automatically selects the nearest hydrants necessary to exceed the recommended fire flow, we also recognize that firefighters know their area best. A hydrant that is rated for 1,500 gpm may be in a location that makes it difficult to achieve that flow. Or a hydrant that has low static pressure.
With this in mind, we do not limit the hydrants a planner can select for a given preplan. The planner can select different hydrants, more hydrants or less hydrants. There are no limitations.
From our FAQ
The answer is two parts: sourcing the data and uploading the data.
When it comes to sourcing the data, each department faces unique challenges. Typically, this hydrant data is maintained by the local water utility and may be available upon request. If at all possible, we will make these requests on behalf of the fire department to ensure the data is good and the department isn't off on a wild goose chase.
Once the data is sourced, we will handle the upload and checking of all the hydrants that appear on your map.
Except in EXTREME circumstances, fire departments will never be out manually entering their fire hydrants into the platform.
Research has shown that the brain processes images 60,000 times faster than text!
To leverage this speed, FlowMSP is built around the ability to add photos to a preplan (from any connected mobile device) and then annotate those photos with critical information.
Incident commanders and company officers need only glance at the platform and they can begin interpreting critical information.
Ultimately, this means information is absorbed by the brain far faster than written pre-plans, building descriptions, or data sheets.
At one point or another, any given department will both request mutual aid from surrounding departments, as well as be mutual aid for a neighboring department.
Unfortunately, most departments do not know their neighboring jurisdictions as well as their own.
That fact does not mean the mutual aid department will be provided with more time to get their bearings, hunt down a hydrant, or take a tour. Mutual aid needs to be as fast as the host department.
What better way to ensure your mutual aid is prepared than to share all your knowledge with them directly?
Administrators of FlowMSP accounts can rapidly generate reports showing which pre-plans are out of date or are not complete.
Reports can also be generated detailing structures that share certain characteristics, such as structures with truss roofs, or buildings that lack sprinklers.
We believe that fire departments should not have to abandon information previously gathered in another platform, or even manually.
If you have previous digital records, paper preplans, floor plans, MSDS sheets, or any other incident response information, send it to us and we will upload it right into your account.