FireWhat Partners with HP Enterprise to Reinvent how Emergency information is relayed

In the fall of 2015, FireWhat and HP Enterprise partnered to reinvent our mobile laboratories. The goal, deliver Enterprise Technology Solutions to an industry in the middle of crisis. In June of 2016, HPE and FireWhat have teamed again to tell the story, and help make sure the best information is delivered to responders when they need it most.   Check out our video to learn how we are Reinventing the Emergency!

 

 

120 Minutes, a Wildfire, and a City Devastated... The Boles Fire of Weed, CA

The photo above is the Story of how GeoSpatial Technology was used aide the City of Weed in its recovery efforts. FireWhat developed a workflow to quickly establish a rapid damage assessment of the structures affected by the Boles Fire. To view the map, click on photo, or click here

The photo above is the Story of how GeoSpatial Technology was used aide the City of Weed in its recovery efforts. FireWhat developed a workflow to quickly establish a rapid damage assessment of the structures affected by the Boles Fire. To view the map, click on photo, or click here

The Boles Fire, on September 15, 2014, started as a small vegetation fire within the Weed City limits and quickly grew to a conflagration fire devastating a third of the City of Weed.

Red flag warnings for Siskiyou County were a major contributor to this rapidly moving fire. The low relativity humidity of approximately 12%, 25 mph sustained winds with gusts up to 40 mph, and extremely dry fuels all contributed to the extremely rapid spread of this fire. Torching trees and high winds during the early stages of the Boles Fire contributed to the fast moving nature of the fire. 

The bulk of the devastation of this fire occurred in the first four hours of the initial attack. The next chapters of this map journal will describe the impact and show examples of how ArcGIS online, Dashboard and Collector tools were used in the disaster response and damage assessment teams to expedite the process.

These GIS solutions saved damage assessment teams days of fieldwork and paperwork processing. We aim to provide an informative framework for future research and development. Below is a link to our work to tell the story of the Boles Fire and GIS. 

Click here to view our map

Two Prominent ESRI business partners merge to become the new FireWhat, Inc.

In photo: FireWhat, Inc. Sam Lanier CEO (left) and Rusty Merritt COO (Right).

In photo: FireWhat, Inc. Sam Lanier CEO (left) and Rusty Merritt COO (Right).

In the 19th and early 20th century fire and water were used to create the steam engines that pushed technology to the limits of that time period. On June 15th, 2015, fire and water met again with the merging of two Geographic Information System (GIS) companies, FireWhat, Inc. and Geo-Spatial Solutions. Both companies bring to the table years of expertise in their respective fields. Geo-Spatial Solutions focuses on the maintenance activities for agriculture and water monitoring and FireWhat’s focus is on emergency disaster response mapping. This union of fire and water will once again push the limits of technology, in this case GIS, in a bold new direction.  

Both companies are Silver Partners with Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri) and met in the Emerging Business Startup Program offered by Esri. CEO of FireWhat, Inc., Sam Lanier, “we’ve always attributed our success in part to Esri, but the merger of two companies from the Emerging Partner Program really underscores the value of Esri’s programs.  We look forward to combining our resources and developing new and innovative solutions for our customers”.  Rusty Merritt FireWhat, Inc. COO, “the Emerging Partner Program gave FireWhat and Geo-Spatial Solutions the opportunity to explore and develop new ways of doing business, but we never thought a merger with another company would come as a result of the program.  The merger of the two companies combines our people and resources to put us in a much better positioned for the demand we’re seeing across our two industries”.

FireWhat, Inc. will now be in three locations with offices in Redding and Dunsmuir, California and Bend, Oregon. These three locations are strategic for rapid emergency response, while at the same time being well position to serve the water infrastructure and irrigation mapping needs of the Western United States.

For more information contact FireWhat, Inc. Dunsmuir at 530-235-4419, Dunsmuir Office or FireWhat. Inc. Bend, Oregon at 1-888-791-7212. Webpage: www.firewhat.com or follow us on Twitter: @firewhat @wildlandfirecom

FireWhat hosts GIS Day Educators for training

FireWhat, Incorporated of Dunsmuir hosted a second Geographic Information Systems teacher training on Oct. 20 for K-12 teachers from Dunsmuir Elementary School and Dunsmuir High School. The teachers are now fully equipped to impart their knowledge of GIS with their students in classroom projects. Each class will be presenting a GIS project for GIS Day on Nov. 19 at the FireWhat office.

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