'Plane' Truth: A Map That Identifies Infrastructure, Resources, Assets, and Hazards at Dallas Love Field Airport Can Help Incident Commanders During Large-Scale Emergencies [open pdf - 1MB]
"In every large-scale emergency, Incident Commanders are initially challenged by the lack of a common operating picture and inadequate information and resources to manage the event. This research describes how maps can help Incident Commanders gain situational awareness, develop incident priorities, and make informed decisions throughout a disaster. The problem was that the Dallas Fire-Rescue Department (DFR) did not have a map identifying infrastructure, resources, assets, and hazards that can be used by Incident Commanders. The purpose of this project was to identify and map the critical locations at a site in Dallas that is vital to the well-being of the city: the Dallas Love Field Airport (DAL). Action research was used to answer the questions: (a) What types of locations should be identified and included on a map to help Incident Commanders during large-scale emergencies? (b) What are the advantages of identifying and mapping infrastructure, resources, assets, and hazards? (c) What challenges arise when these critical locations arc identified and mapped? (d) What critical locations exist at DAL? (c) How can Incident Commanders use a map identifying critical locations at DAL to formulate incident priorities and make operational decisions?"
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