A study of first responders use of digital cameras for documenting rescue operations for debriefing and analysis


Magnus Morin,Johan Jenvald,Anders Nygren,Markus Axelsson,Mirko Thorstensson


Incident commanders at the Linkping Fire Department in Sweden used digital cameras to document rescue operations for 15 months. They shared the photographs with their colleagues and managers through a database on the local network of the main fire station. We describe the hardware and software used and present initial results regarding their use for documenting and analyzing rescue operations. We also give a specific example of how responders used digital photographs to reconstruct the course of events of a major fire in a factory building and how the resulting time line facilitated the analysis of the incident.