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Fire Incident Response Timeline

Fire departments respond to many types of incidents, from structure and brush fires, to rescues and medical emergencies. Each type of incident requires a different type of response and can take differing amounts of time. This incident response timeline, created in OnePager Express from a simple Excel spreadsheet, shows how a fire department can track its calls and responses over the source of a multi-day period.

Timeline of a fire department's response to multiple incidents.

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Fire Response Timeline Features

The timeline features:

  • Grouping of swimlanes based on the type of incdient response (fire, car crash, medical emergency, etc.)
  • Response times and durations tracked down to the minute over multiple days
  • Intensity of color indicates the number of units required to respond to each incident. Darker-red incidents required more boots on the ground.

This fire incident response timeline was created using OnePager Express, and is based on a simple Excel spreadsheet that tracked the names and dates of each incident that a fire department responded to. To learn more about OnePager, and see how it can help you track your incident responses, get started today by downloading a free trial

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Sample Files

This fire incident response timeline was built using the following files, which you can download if you'd like to create something similar:


To build a fire incident response timeline like the example above, follow these instructions:

  1. Download the two sample files listed above. There is one Excel file and one OnePager template file. Save both files to your desktop.

  2. Open the Excel file.

  3. Once Excel is open, go to Add-Ins and click the OnePager Express button.

  4. When the start screen appears click NEW to build a new chart.

  5. With the Excel file ready for import, we need to change OnePager's default template to the one downloaded above. To do this, click on Change, and then BROWSE FILES to the OnePager template (*.tat) file. This OnePager template contains all of the data-driven formatting (colors, layout, etc.) that give this timeline its specific look.

  6. With the Excel file ready and the custom OnePager template selected, click on Create New Chart to build your timeline. It should closely match the example at the top of this article.
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