Sketchup can be utilized for various purposes - from 3D modeling, visualization, rendering to GIS modeling, solar modeling, fire scene modeling etc.
Sketchup can provide clear communication among fire service learner as it can create realistic 3-D imagery & visuals to be utilized for training & after-action reviews.
Firefighters can also use Google Earth images (3D models) and export to sketchup for alteration or presentation in pre-incident plans, incident action plans (IAPs) and after-action reviews (AARs).
From a sketchup model the firefighters can get useful information regarding a building construction. Fire fighters can download a model and gather information on vanishing roofs expose truss lofts, balloon frames and horizontal avenues for fire spread.
SketchUp models are also utilized to learn line-of-duty deaths (LODDs). By applying sketchup firefighters can visualize a perfect representation of the incident scene from historic reports and site visits. Important lessons about this LODD are handed over to the newest firefighters.
The model was applied as the base for interviews with crews prevailing on scene at the incident. Later on those interviews were merged with exported SketchUp graphics to generate a lessons-learned video.
With sketchup the fire fighters can “walk” through the virtual structure, examine the construction, interiors, hoselines and apparatus on scene. They can also observe 3-D rooftop views of the fireground that were just scribbles beforehand.
The fire fighters are able to create simple block models and export 3-D models instantly. These models will act as methods for pre-plans, AARs, building construction lessons and kitchen-table tactical discussions.
The sketchup is useful for clear, brief training illustration. With sketchup a lieutenant imaginatively diagrams fireground anticipations to a crew. Recruit firefighters to go into a virtual fireground.
In brief sketchup can be useful for fire services for Pre-Incident planning, Post Incident Analysis & promotion assessment centers.