A Deep Dive into the Zone Dashboard

Everything you need to know about the Zone Dashboard in one spot!

The zone dashboard is a powerful feature in Ignis and hosts many of the resources you would expect to receive in an Incoming Resource Packet from a Forest. From the Zone Dashboard, you can access forest-specific maps, communication information, zone updates, view current incidents, zone briefings, and important contacts for the zone you’re in. The steps below will walk you through all of the valuable components of this feature and best practices for using the application. Let's dig in!

 

Accessing the Zone Dashboard and selecting a Zone

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  1. From the home screen select Zone from the white bar on the bottom of your screen to open the Dashboard.zone stuff
  2. At the top of your screen, you will see which zone you are in, Ignis defaults to selecting the zone based upon your geographic area.
  3. To change the Zone, select the button that is three grey bars, located in the upper right-hand corner of your screen.
  4.  At the top of this screen, you can choose to toggle off “Use My Location” for Zone selection.
    This button will be green if it is turned on, and grey if turned off.off
  5. Toggle off “Use my Location” and then select a zone from the list under “All Zones”
  6. Select “Angeles Emergency Communication Center.” Then select
    the orange back button, located in the upper left-hand corner of your screen.

That is how to access the Zone dashboard and select your zone, stand by for more options coming soon, like pinning your favorite zones!

Utilizing the features within the Zone Dashboard

From the main dashboard page, there are six available buttons, communications, incidents, maps, briefings, repeaters, and contacts. Zone Updates will be displayed at the bottom of the Zone Dashboard.

Let's go through the Zone Dashboard Features-

Zone Updates 

Zone updates are located near the bottom of the Zone Dashboard, here you can view important updates for your zone such as new incidents, changes in the Severe Fire Danger Index, red flag warnings, and more! Take a moment to scroll through the updates available for your zone.

Communications

  1. Start by selecting “Communications” on the dashboard.communications
  2. On this page, we first see radio groups available for the Zone. Group 1- ANF IA is selected first, by placing your finger on the grey box surrounding group 1 and sliding it up you can scroll through to see other groups for the zone.
  3. Scroll through the options and select Group 14-South Ops.
  4. After selecting a group, you’ll see listed below it the channels for that group in order of 1-16.
  5. By pressing anywhere on the channel, a drop-down will appear that features the RX & TX Frequency, RX & TX Tone guards, if this channel is a digital or analog, the band, and notes, if there are any about the channel.
  6. Select the orange Back button in the upper left-hand corner to return to the Zone Dashboard.

Incidents

There are two ways in Ignis to view current incidents, one way is by using the Zone Dashboard, as described below, and the other is by using the Incident Dashboard, which you can learn more about here.

  1. Select the “Incidents” button on the Zone Dashboardincidentszone
  2. From here, you will see a list of current incidents in the zone alongside information regarding that incident.
  3. Choose an incident from the list and select the grey arrow to the right of the incident name for a drop-down to appear with more information.
  4. Select the orange button that says “View on Map”, and then swipe down to exit the Zone Dashboard.
  5. You’re map view will hone in on the area of the incident, for best functionality we recommend having the “Current Incidents” layer turned on to see a pin of the location of the fire. If you are not brought to the incident, try zooming in further on your screen and then repeating the above steps. Check out this page to learn more about Layers.

Maps

  1. From the home screen, select the Zone Dashboard.
  2. Select the button that says “Maps.”maps zone
  3. You will be brought to the Map Store featuring all of the pre-loaded maps for the zone you selected.
  4. Confirm that the Angeles ECC is selected as your Zone.
  5. From here you can scroll through the available maps or search by name for a specific one.
  6. Select the search bar, and type in “Crystal”
  7. The Crystal Lake Pre-Attack map is displayed.
  8. To close the keyboard, hit return.
  9. Now, select the download button for the Crystal Lake Map.
  10. The map will begin downloading. When finished the orange download button will turn into a green button with a check mark.
  11. Return to the home screen, zoom into the area of that map's location, and you will see that it is overlayed onto the home screen map view.
  12. This is now considered an “active map.” To keep learning about PDF functionality, check out this article.

Briefings

  1. Open up the Zone Dashboard again, and select “Briefings.”zonedbbriefingpage
  2. At the top of this screen, you’ll see the Zone that is being viewed.
  3. Below this, you will see the briefing materials provided by the Forest.
  4. By clicking on each resource provided you can open important briefing information
  5. When finished, select the orange Back button in the upper left-hand corner.

The Briefing page on the Zone Dashboard hosts materials you would expect to receive in an Incoming Resource Packet, conveniently located all in one place!

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Repeaters

  1. Select the “Repeaters” button on the Zone Dashboard.
  2. From here, you can scroll through the screen and view all the repeaters in the Zone.
  3. Click on a repeater to view information including RX/TX frequency, RX/TX tone guard, the mode, and district.
  4. While viewing repeater information, select the orange button with a map symbol in the lower right-hand corner.
  5. This button brings you to view the location of the repeater on the map!

Contacts

  1. Select the Zone Dashboard on the home screen.contacts
  2. Click on the “Contacts” button.
  3. From here you have the option to scroll through the contacts or search for a specific name!
  4. Select a contact to view information, such as phone numbers, for that contact.
  5. If you’d like to call a contact, simply click on the number and select Call.

 

Thank you for reading this article about all of the features within the Zone Dashboard, we hope this part of Ignis is a valuable addition to your wildland firefighting toolbox.