The Dashboard Spy

March 12, 2006

Dashboard Commander – A Fire Chief’s Incident Command Dashboard

Filed under: Dashboard Screenshots — dashboardspy @ 2:46 am

Take a look at for a real-life, physical command board. As the page states:

Incident Command is a complicated business. As Incident Commander you are trying to coordinate many activities in rapid succession. Many of the leading Chiefs in the Country are not in favor of using the back of the Chief’s car as the Command Center because you are surrounded by the noise and confusion of the scene and because of the distractions of weather. The Dashboard Commander™ was designed with this in mind. Many Chiefs prefer to run an incident from the front of the Chief’s car where they have all of their radios available and where they can provide themselves with a secure quiet environment. Most command boards cannot be used in the front of the car, but this was designed specifically for this purpose. The dry erase surface has space for size-up notes, strategic planning, assignments, PAR, hazards and a sketch of the scene. A stopwatch clock tracks time. Included are 38 custom engraved magnetic pieces representing your apparatus and officers. You place these magnets on the board to track the assignments of your teams.”

Fire Chief Dashboard Dry Erase Dashboard

So what or who is The Dashboard Spy? As his about page states, The Dashboard Spy is just a guy interested in the design of business dashboards. He could not find any executive dashboard design source books and so set about creating his own. Finally convinced to post his extensive collection of dashboard screenshots online, he was amazed to find how popular it has become. If you have a nice screenshot to share, please send an email to info _at_ Also check out The Dashboard Spy’s favorite books.

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