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Over the past few months, we have been working closely with several municipal fire departments across the U.S. to determine how GIS can support fire service personnel. Through this collaborative effort we have been able to determine the business needs of the Fire Service community and define the application priorities. Starting this month, we will be releasing a series of maps and apps to support municipal fire services. The first in the series will be the Fire Station Wall Map, the Fire Run Book, and the Pre-Fire Plan editing maps. Each shares the same Fire Service Basemap optimized for response activities and operational layers to support map editing and production. All three maps are part of a system built on top of the Local Government Information Model. The Fire Station Wall Map and Fire Run Book were published to the ArcGIS for Local Government Resource Center (and cross-referenced in the Public Safety module) last week and the Pre-Fire Plan editing map will be published soon.
The UC Public Safety Showcase once again gave attendees a chance to discover, share, and grow as professionals. It supplied first hand demos from Esri expert partners and users. From command-level staff to analysts and first responders, there was something for everyone. The Operation SafetyNet demo area-now in its second year and a staple of the Showcase-gave attendees proven examples of effective GIS deployment. A new aspect of the Showcase-the added fire scenario-helped present effective use of Esri technology for managing fire service demands. There were interrelated exhibits for the four public safety workflow patterns-data management, planning and analysis, field mobility, and situational awareness. Real-world users of Esri technology-from law enforcement, emergency management, fire, search and rescue, and homeland security operations-were also on hand in the Showcase area to share their success in meeting mission demands.
Here are some of the post event resources for you:
Photo Album-Check out the photos taken during the event.
Videos from the Public Safety Showcase Demo Theater-This also includes presentations from our Public Safety Showcase Platinum Sponsors:
- Microsoft-Enhance Fusion Center Capabilities with Fusion Core Solution
- The Omega Group-The Next Evolution in Information-Led Policing
- BCS-High Performance EMS Through GIS
- i2-Integration of i2′s Analyst’s Notebook with Esri’s Mapping and Geospatial Tools
We hope to see you next year in San Diego!
A recent post on the ArcGIS Explorer Desktop blog shows how Explorer Desktop was used to extract features from a service discovered on ArcGIS Online to visualize how Arizona’s Wallow Fire has spread over the past week:
View the post on the ArcGIS Explorer Desktop blog
This year at the Esri International User Conference, the President’s Award was given to the City of Frisco for its outstanding work. Their program, called SAFER (Situational Awareness For Emergency Response), provides first responders with key information such as maps, floor plans, pre-plans, live video feeds, dispatch information and Automated Vehicle Location information. They join other great organizations like the City of Philadelphia, The Nature Conservancy, and the New York City Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications in receiving this honor.
SAFER is deployed on Mobile Data Computers (MDC) in the vehicles using GeoComm’s GeoLynx (built with ArcGIS Engine 9.3.1). Dispatch and the Emergency Operations Center access the system via SAFER Maps (using a custom ArcGIS Server 9.3.1 web application). The SAFER program started with the goal to ensure that public safety personnel had all the information they needed to provide for the safety of the school district. Traditionally, key facility information for responding to an emergency at a school is paper based, making it difficult to access quickly when an incident happens. Now, first responders have access to up-to-date data, when and where they need it, thanks to SAFER. Besides just making a difference in terms of improving the safety of Frisco’s schools, what is truly inspiring about SAFER is that the city has accomplished what larger cities only hope for with a small staff in a department where GIS and IT are one.
The video of the presentation of the award is now on available to watch on the new Esri Video site. Additionally, you can watch this on your iPod / iPhone, iPad or link from the Fire/Rescue and EMS Industry page.
Each year the User Conference offers many inspirational moments, from the Plenary Session, SAG Awards and Closing Session. This year, one of the most memorable and inspiring moments was watching the City of Frisco receive the President’s Award. The closing remarks by Frisco Fire Department Assistant Chief Paul Siebert really speak to the value of GIS to public safety:
“Firefighters respond to incidents like this every day and they call us heroes for that. But now they are armed with information that GIS Professionals, just like you, are providing to us and we come home safer because of that. In my book that makes all of you heroes just as much as anyone that puts on one of these.” -Frisco Fire Department Assistant Chief Paul Siebert, July 12, 2010.
Just last week the SAFER team was also honored by the Mayor at the City Council Meeting – http://www.ci.frisco.tx.us/communication/press/Pages/CityofFriscoGISTeamreceivesInternationalAwardforDevelopingSAFERProgram.aspx.
Congratulations to the City of Frisco on their great work!
A recent GIS Education Community blog post details a downloadable ArcGIS Explorer project with information on the ongoing California wildfires, including a live Mt. Wilson Web cam showing the current conditions.
Check out the May Issue of Fire Chief Magazine featuring Orange County Fire Authority’s use of GIS. Here’s an enterprise platform in place today that’s making a difference in all phases of fire service.
Orange County Uses GIS to Coordinate Multiagency Response | Central Nervous System – FIRE CHIEF Article
May 01, 2009, Fire Chief, By Jesse Theodore
The Orange County Fire Authority uses computer mapping to coordinate the activities of all parts of its organization. Using a spatially enabled enterprise consisting of fully integrated Web, server, desktop and mobile solutions, OCFA supplies an integration platform that seamlessly fuses data, applications, processes and previously isolated departments into a synergistic whole.