Premonition project: Dr Dermot Breslin

Dr Dermot Breslin, member of WOERRC, together with Steve Fletcher, South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue (SYFR), presented the Premonition project at the Local Government Association (LGA) Annual Fire Conference on 10 March 2015 in Gateshead.

This groundbreaking research from the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University enabled SYFR to examine community fire risk behaviour with a pioneering computational simulation programme. This project is the first of its kind in this area of application and aims to improve the prevention of fire and emergencies. If successful the simulation programme could be rolled out to fire services across the country.

The simulation will improve the identification of areas at risk and vulnerable communities, including the prediction of outcomes of interventions.

This decision-support tool will aid in the optimisation of resource allocation planning of operations, and with community prevention work, by considering patterns of variations of risk behaviours.