GIS and specialist modelling software enables fire service to improve workload management and risk planning
Press Release, Stevenage, UK, 19th May 2021

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service (DSFRS) has replaced their in-house risk modelling system with the Geographic Information System (GIS) Cadcorp SIS. When the fire service went to market, they had a requirement for an integrated product that could seamlessly model area risk and workload allocation. DSFRS selected Cadcorp SIS Desktop with the resource planning and performance monitoring application Cadcorp Workload Modeller, and Cadcorp Risk Modeller for testing the impact of various risk factors.


The fire service is currently developing its new Community Risk Management Plan (CRMP). It will be relying on Workload Modeller to explore the likely effects of making changes to resourcing strategies, and Risk Modeller for locating, assessing, and analysing risk coverage. The project will involve updating area risk data and plotting resources on a map to calculate where they should be, and at what time.

The Strategic Analysis team at DSFRS has undertaken Cadcorp online training to become proficient in operating SIS Desktop and to gain practical expertise in using Workload Modeller and Risk Modeller. These in-house skills will allow the team to expand their analytical offering to the fire service’s executive board and operational leadership.

“One of the reasons behind investing in Cadcorp SIS was that it offers a consistent approach. Workload Modeller and Risk Modeller are specifically designed for fire services making it the best value product for assessing risk information. It’s the best fit for what we need our analysts to do.”

Ben Fake, Planning, Evaluation & Performance Manager, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service

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About Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service is the largest non-metropolitan fire and rescue service in England. We provide prevention, protection and response services across the counties of Devon and Somerset (including Torbay and Plymouth).

We have 83 fire stations and over 1,800 committed and dedicated staff who work to protect the 1.7 million people who live in our counties. This alongside the estimated extra 400,000 people who visit this wonderful part of the country every year. To find out more, visit dsfire.gov.uk.

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