Social impact of computers in urban fire fighting
Document Type: Conference Paper
Author(s): S. M. Davi
Editor(s): S. C. Nodvin; T. A. Waldrop
Publication Year: 1991

Cataloging Information

  • Arizona
  • computer programs
  • fire control
  • fire danger rating
  • fire equipment
  • fire management
  • fire suppression
  • human caused fires
  • incendiary fires
  • Massachusetts
  • rate of spread
  • wildfires
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Record Last Modified: August 8, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 34222
Tall Timbers Record Number: 8439
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: A13.88:SE-69
TTRS Abstract Status: Fair use, Okay, Reproduced by permission

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Computers are rapidly expanding into the urban fire safety area. This paper presents some social implications caused by the use of computers for fire safety databases, arson prediction programs, and fire simulation programs. In regards to the new technological advances this paper raises questions concerning the pros and cons of how computers are being used, who is responsible for the technology, who decides how the technology is used, how does the new technology affect insurance rates, how does it affect the builders and owners, and who is liable for personal damage indirectly caused by the new technology.

Davi, S. M. 1991. Social impact of computers in urban fire fighting, in Nodvin, S. C. and Waldrop, T. A., Fire and the Environment: Ecological and Cultural Perspectives: Proceedings of an International Symposium. Knoxville, TN. USDA Forest Service, Southeastern Forest Experiment Station,Asheville, NC. p. 234-239,General Technical Report SE-69.