Matt Hinds-Aldrich

Sr. Risk Strategy Lead - Dr. Matt Hinds-Aldrich, or "Dr Matt", has led several national initiatives and projects to improve how fire departments collect, analyze and use data to focus their efforts, improve their operations, and demonstrate their value. At AAIS, he helps lead the development, expansion, and adoption of the FLAMES (Fire Loss and Mitigation Evaluation Score) methodology for insurers to assess local fire protection and mitigation efforts. Matt’s Ph.D. research at the University of Kent (England) focused upon occupational culture, and specifically, firefighter culture.
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Why Reporting Fire Data is Still Important

Feb 2, 2022 / by Matt Hinds-Aldrich posted in Community, Issues & Trends, Data & Technology, Tech News, Homeowners, Data, Fire, AAIS News & Views, AAIS Insights, Data/Tech, Insurance Line of Business


Dr. Matt Hinds-Aldrich, Senior Risk Strategy Lead at AAIS and fire peril subject matter expert, recently joined Tom Louis from First Due to discuss why the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) still matters and why it needs to improve to meets the needs of the 21st century fire service. Watch the entire discussion here:

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Shifting the Data Sharing Paradigm with openIDL

Jan 10, 2022 / by Matt Hinds-Aldrich posted in openIDL, Data & Technology, Data Management/Distributed Ledger, Tech News, Regulatory/Compliance, Modeling/Predictive Analytics, AAIS Insights, Data/Tech, Modeling/Actuarial


Clive Humby said it best with his oft-cited quote – “data is the new oil.” It is true that the value of data is in its refinement and synthesis into useful insights, tools, and products, all predicated on the existence of a complex infrastructure to share and transport data from where it is found (those with the data) to where the analysis occurs (those with the questions).

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'Tis the Season for Community Involvement—and Advisory Councils

Dec 20, 2021 / by Matt Hinds-Aldrich posted in Insights, Issues & Trends, Data & Technology, Homeowners, New/Emerging Risks, Modeling/Predictive Analytics, Fire, AAIS News & Views, AAIS Insights, Modeling/Actuarial, Insurance Line of Business, NatCats, Fire Advisory Council, AAIS FLAMES, AAIS Wildfire Resource Center


With the holidays and the end of the year upon us, it is the time to reflect upon the past year. And it is the time of year we tend to think about coming together, as a community, to share our experiences. In our case, I’m referring to AAIS’s product-focused advisory councils.

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Wind or Water? Breaking Down Slab Claims After Hurricanes

Sep 15, 2021 / by Matt Hinds-Aldrich posted in Issues & Trends, Homeowners, New/Emerging Risks, P&C Insurers, AAIS Insights, Insurance Line of Business, Flood Insurance, flood, talent, risk mitigation, hurricanes, hurricane resource center, slab claim, risk awareness service, catastrophe, national flood insurance program, NatCats, AAIS Risk Awareness Service, AAIS Hurricane Resource Center, AAIS Hurricane Live Tracker


Risk Management Service Inc. (RMS) estimates $25 billion to $35 billion in onshore and offshore insured losses in the Gulf of Mexico alone were caused by Hurricane Ida. This doesn’t include the damage to other parts of the country. While the fundamentals of hurricanes are widely understood these days, there remain several important nuances to hurricane losses that are essential to understand for insurers, regulators, and the general public alike. Here we will look at one less understood type of claim from hurricanes – slab claims.

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Learning From the Surfside Condo Collapse

Aug 10, 2021 / by Matt Hinds-Aldrich posted in openIDL, Technology, Issues & Trends, Data & Technology, Data Management/Distributed Ledger, Insurance News/Current Events, Blockchain, AAIS Insights, Data/Tech, AAIS Views, wildfire, NatCats


The collapse of the Champlain Towers South condo in Surfside, Florida, shocked the nation, starting a much-needed conversation about the importance of risk mitigation. As the events unfolded, we learned that the information about the significant risk of collapse was known—to some—but simply went unheeded. 

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