Geographic Information System
A Powerful Tool for Emergency Services
What is GIS?
GIS is any system that captures, stores, analyzes, manages, and presents data that are linked to location(s). In the simplest terms, GIS is the merging of cartography, statistical analysis, and database technology.
How is GIS used for EMERGENCY SERVICES?
GIS is used by Emergency Services personnel (fire, emergency medical, and police) to plan their response to various scenarios, evaluate mitigation options, analyze events, and predict future scenarios. GIS can be used to provide critical information to incident responders en route to an emergency. This can include evaluating the best street route for emergency vehicles. Using traffic data, GIS can plot the fastest route to an emergency and from the emergency to a hospital.
GIS can be used to model deployment options and station placements. With GIS technology, street network data can be analyzed using real time deployment methods which can evaluate travel times using factors such as speed, curves, elevations, and one way streets. GIS models can be used to create clouds to determine just how far an emergency vehicle can travel in minutes using posted speed limits. This can prove to be very useful when determining where to place stations or standby locations.
Using pin mapping, calls for service can be placed on a map to give an overall picture of where, and what type of calls over a given period of time. Using historic data with time of day, day of week, etc, emergency services can “predict” the areas where runs are most likely to occur, given the time of day or day of week. This can allow adjustments in your deployment plans and staffing to reduce response time, while minimizing wasting precious resources.
With GIS information, Emergency Personnel can review “what if” scenarios, which will allow pre-planning for disasters and many more unforeseen issues which may arise. Large scale maps can be produced to show locations, trends, growth and run volume, which can paint a picture and prove to be more effective when presenting information to budgeting officiasl or the general public.
In conclusion, GIS provides many opportunities for Emergency Services personnel to utilize GIS for planning, managing and evaluating the overall operations of their agency.
The uses are almost limitless. From mapping out potential hazards, road closures to residents of physically challenged persons and emergency events modeling, using GIS can create a more efficient way to run your service.
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This map represents normal response using the closest bridge from where the responding unit is located.
This map represents the closest route available is a unexpected incident happened and closed the closest bridge.
This map represents two incidents with two reponders. This shows which unit is the closest to the incidents.