Geography and the Municipal Fire Service

Type: Virtual Paper
Theme: Hazards, Risks, and Disasters Specialty Group Curated Track
Sponsor Groups: Hazards, Risks, and Disasters Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/10/2021
Start / End Time: 9:35 AM / 10:50 AM (PDT)
Room: Virtual 7
Organizers: Chelsie McWhorter
Chairs: Chelsie McWhorter

Call for Submissions

AAG 2021 Call for Submissions: Geography and the Municipal Fire Service

The geographical components of the municipal fire service are less well studied than similar intersections with wildfires. This session looks to fill that gap and build connections between geographers who are studying municipal fire services and related emergency management. Some geographers may study fulltime fire departments, whereas there are also geographers among the 682,000 volunteer firefighters in the United States (NFPA, 2019). Papers can cover any aspect, from planning and prevention to incident response. For example, looking at how firefighters navigate, analyzing the spatiotemporal distribution of emergency response calls, understanding community demographics in relation to planning and prevention work, or the challenges of the wildland-urban interface. Papers focusing on non-fire aspects of the municipal fire service, such as emergency medical services (EMS), search and rescue, or hazardous materials incidents are also welcome.

If you would like to participate, please submit your abstract PIN and your abstract to: Chelsie McWhorter,



Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Tracy Whelen*, University of South Carolina, A GIS-Based Risk Assessment for Fire Departments: Case Study of Richland County, SC 15 9:35 AM
Presenter Sophia Arabadjis*, University of California, Where the Heart Lies: Cardiac Events and Wildfires 15 9:50 AM
Presenter Alex Temes*, Deccan International, Data-based Empirical Modeling of Fire and EMS Apparatus Performance 15 10:05 AM
Presenter Chelsie McWhorter*, University of California Santa Barbara, Finding Their Way: Navigation & Cognitive Mapping in Firefighter Training 15 10:20 AM

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