Hurricane Irma Search & Rescue GIS
Hot Wash and Workshop


Friday, November 3, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM EDT
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Orange County Fire Rescue Division Headquarters 
6590 Amory Court
Winter Park, FL 32792 

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Carla Boyce, Director
National Alliance for Public Safety GIS Foundation 

Hotel Options

Provided below are nearby hotels for participants seeking overnight accomodations near the venue. Hotel room blocks have not been secured and are at your own cost.

Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott Orlando East/UCF Area
3420 Lake Lynda Drive Orlando, FL 32817

Double Tree by Hilton Orlando Downtown
60 South Ivanhoe Blvd, Orlando, FL 32804





The International Association of Fire Chiefs, Florida Fire Chiefs Association, Florida State Fire Marshal, and the National Alliance for Public Safety GIS Foundation invite you to participate in the Hurricane Irma SAR GIS Hot Wash & Workshop.

This workshop provides an opportunity to debrief on lessons learned from just-in-time training and use of field information collection tools and incident commander dashboards for supporting SAR and ESF4/9 mutual aid during Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

Register Now! Note: Space is limited, registration is only confirmed immediately for those who received an email invitation from the workshop organizers (IAFC and NAPSG). All other registrants should await a follow-up email from the workshop organizers confirming the status of the registration request.
  • Date: Friday, November 3, 2017
  • Time: 9:00 am-5:00 pm EDT
  • Location: EOC at Orange County Fire Rescue in Orlando, Florida
  • Cost: No-cost event; breakfast and lunch will be provided
  • Who: Florida Search & Rescue practitioners who prepared for and/or responded to Hurricane Harvey and/or Irma. This workshop will focus on those who received training and access to the suite of field data collection and/or incident commander dashboard tools provided by the IAFC and NAPSG. Others who did not use the tools but are interested in contributing to the discussions that will inform enhanced solution sets are encouraged to participante.

Final Agenda:

8:00am      Check-In and Breakfast (Hosted)

9:00am      Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • Orange County Fire Rescue - Chief Drozd
  • Florida Fire Chiefs Association - TJ Lyon
  • International Association of Fire Chiefs - Tommy Hicks

9:15am      Keynote Addresses

  • Florida State Fire Marshal's Office - Mike Tucker
  • Florida Division of Emergency Management - Richard Butgereit
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency - Chad Council
  • DHS Science & Technology, First Responders Group - Ron Langhelm

10:15am    Morning Break

10:30am    Demonstration: Commander Dashboard and Field Information Collection Tools from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

11:15am    Incident Rewind: Employing Field Tools and Commander Dashboard

12:30pm    Lunch (Hosted)

1:15pm      Informing Disaster Decisions Through Field Information

  • What information is collected and used by Federal USAR? State SAR?
  • How can local, state, and federal SAR related information collection efforts be harmonized to achieve more seamless mutual aid?

2:45pm     Incident Commander Dashboards & Decision Support Tools

  • How can the Commander Viewer used in Hurricanes Harvey and Irma be improved to support better ESF 4/9 decision making?
  • What type of information and/or features would be needed to support its use in day-to-day incidents requiring ESF4/9 mutual aid?

3:45pm     Afternoon Break

4:00pm     Brainstorming Session: Developing Sustainable and Resilient Tools and Solutions

  • What tools, solutions, training, and exercises are needed to develop and implement technology for SAR operations that can be used for day-to-day incidents and larger scale disasters?

5:00pm     Workshop Adjourned