The IAFF uses very sophisticated GIS modeling and analysis to help our affiliates determine response capabilities.  It has proven to be an incredible tool that empowers our locals when working to establish — and in this economy defend — realtime staffing and response needs.

Now there’s this story in Government Technology about the use of 3-D technology to assist emergency responders with “critical” information on the scene of a call. This tool is marketed to emgergency preparedness folks in jurisdictions.   In many cases the purchasers of these tools spend the money (in this case federal grant money) without asking the opinion of the men and women who do the work every day, responding to the calls.

So we’re asking:  Will this 3-D extension be helpful to you on the ground?  Or is it just a waste of funds?  What do you think?