Pre-Fire Planning: New Technology, Tailored Software

To this day, Milford, CT, Fire Chief Louis LaVecchia still can’t believe what happened at a major fire in his town 20 years ago. One day, a huge blaze erupted at the Lighter Division of the BIC Pen Company in Milford. Lacking a pre-fire plan...


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Photo courtesy of The CAD Zone Inc.
A view of the MapMobile mapping system on an apparatus’ ruggedized computer. The mapping system is used simultaneously with First Look Pro to coordinate the location of an address for a fire call and the corresponding pre-fire plan information.

Burdette said he believes there is no better time than now for fire departments to take the same high-tech path for pre-fire planning that Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue has pursued. He cautioned, however, that buying, installing and using the technology takes time, patience, practice and careful budgeting.

Meanwhile, Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue is teaching fire departments about how automated pre-fire planning can help them strategize and execute their firefighting efforts more efficiently than ever before. “Once we show some success stories of departments who have this kind of system in place,” Burdette said, “I think you’re going to see this take off.”


Val Codino is a captain with the Canby, OR, Fire District. He is a longtime champion of pre-fire planning and to works with his department to employ the latest technology available to streamline pre-fire planning efforts. Codino assisted with the original design of The CAD Zone Inc.’s First Look Pro, a software product that allows easy access to pre-plan information and which is used to manage pre-fire plan drawings.