Improving fire prevention through big data


11th November 2019

The University of Sheffield

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service

Lead academic:
Dr Dermot Breslin from the University of Sheffield’s Management School along with co-authors Dr Stephen Dobson, University of Leeds, and Nicola Smith, South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service has been working with researchers on the multiyear ‘premonition’ project. The project aims to develop new ways of keeping vulnerable communities safe from fire at a time when fire services are under increasing financial pressure.

  • New research sees South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service implement new home safety checks
  • A big data analysis mapped how fire safety education spreads among communities
  • The ‘premonition’ model helps fire services plan for the future and optimise fire prevention strategies
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