The 2019 wildland season is upon us. For many agencies that means responding to natural vegetation fires from roadside brush fires to full-blown Type 1 conflagrations. Regardless of the type of wildland fires you respond to, your agency, municipality or state jurisdiction may require you to report to the Integrated Reporting of Wildland-Fire Information (IRWIN) service. IRWIN is a partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Department of the Interior (DOI). It is designed to improve wildland fire data management.
“IRWIN is focused on the goals of reducing redundant data entry,
identifying authoritative data sources, and improving the consistency,
accuracy, and availability of operational data.”
– IRWIN website
If you’re thinking this sounds like a perfect mission for Emergency Reporting, then you’d be spot on! We make it very easy to report to IRWIN using our National Association of State Foresters (NASF) Wildland Fire Module.
This feature supplements NFIRS reporting requirements with additional data points required by NASF and IRWIN. Examples of these fields include ‘Residences Threatened’ and ‘Residences Destroyed”. Check out this KBA to learn more about the additional data points found in the NASF Module.
With the wildland reporting add-on, you’ll also be able to link your wildland incident to an IRWIN incident already submitted by another agency.
Additionally, your wildland incidents will automatically be submitted to IRWIN upon completion of the incident report itself.
Another benefit of this feature is the ability for your state forestry or wildland department to easily access your wildland data. The state agency can do this by signing up for their own IRWIN account or getting an ER account with state group reporting capabilities. Connect with your regional rep to learn more.
Fighting wildland fires is hard enough. Don’t let reporting them become a burden to your workload. On behalf of everyone here at ER, stay safe this wildland season and thank you for keeping your communities safe from this ongoing threat.