"The SFCFD [Santa Fe County Fire Department] needs an effective tool to enhance public education and wildfire prevention activities in the WUI [Wildland Urban Interface]. The Simtable is an interactive, three dimensional sand table incorporating state of the art agent modeling technology designed for firefighter education, training and outreach. The purpose is to determine if the Simtable can be used successfully in a wildfire prevention program. Descriptive research reveals the basis for improving prevention activities; the development of the Simtable in comparison with the traditional sand table; and what is generally effective in wildfire education. A questionnaire, observations and interviews indicate that the device is favorably regarded by educators, is well suited for use in prevention education and will be a useful device in promoting wildfire prevention activities."
United States. Federal Emergency Management Agency, Learning Resource Center: http://www.lrc.fema.gov/