Standing on the Shoulders of Giants : Where Do We Go from Here to Bring the Fire Service into the Domestic Intelligence Community?

Doctoral thesis OPEN
Dennis, Joshua M. (2012)
  • Publisher: Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School
  • Subject: Fire Service Intelligence | Information Sharing | Domestic Intelligence | Suspicious Activity Reporting

Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited The United States Fire Service has not only a role but a need to be included in the domestic intelligence community. The fire service in gaining access to information and adding untapped sources of information/intelligence can add value to the efforts of the domestic intelligence community and in return provide value added to fire departments day-to-day operations. Absent is a strong national guidance for fire service intelligence integration, smart practice models, and local solutions have filled the vacuum. This thesis will look at the future of fire service intelligence sharing and how to pick up where previous efforts left off. Specifically, a model for a national fire intelligence framework is presented. This model considers current local level intelligence solutions within the fire service, and a holistic approach that can meet the needs of unique individual departments. The secondary intent for this thesis is also to stimulate discussion, advance the evolution of fire service intelligence, suggest some operational models, and provide a point upon which others can build upon. District Chief, Chicago Fire Department
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