Spatial Visualization and Fire Prevention in Sweden

Authors: Nicklas Guldåker*, Department of Human Geography
Topics: Applied Geography, Spatial Analysis & Modeling, Hazards, Risks, and Disasters
Keywords: GIS, Spatial visualization, Fire prevention, Residential fires, fire risk, Sweden
Session Type: Paper
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The aim with this paper is to examine how different GIS-based visualization methods can be applied and come to practical uses in the emergency service's fire preventive work. Results indicate that the presented methods motivate and facilitate various forms of fire safety work and fire prevention such as evaluation of incident reports, selection of neighborhoods, blocks or buildings before home visits, identification and targeting of different risk groups and customized information campaigns about certain types of fires in fire risk prone areas. Moreover, the results reveal strengths and weaknesses with these techniques but also a structured approach for spatial visualizations of fires useful for the emergency services and their work with fire prevention. Presented analytical methods include kernel density analysis and choropleth mapping on different geographical scales. The paper focuses on residential fires in the three largest metropolitan cities in Sweden, Malmö, Göteborg and Stockholm.

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