Optimizing Fire and Rescue Services with GIS
Track: EMS, Fire, Disaster Management
Author(s): David J Simms
We'll explore the many functions of Fire and Rescue and how GIS is used to improve each in Prince William County, Virginia. The combined system has 1,100 career, volunteer, and civilian workers; a service area of 348 square miles; and a population of 300,000 and growing. 911 services are on the rise. GIS is a vital part of daily operations. This paper showcases applications used today, details of our Unit Travel Time Model, and an ArcView demonstration. Some areas covered are incident mapping, on-scene incident command, HazMat (risk assessment), Emergency Operations Center (EOC), epidemiology (health and safety), analysis and modeling of station location, service boundaries, and responding orders for dispatching.
David J Simms
Prince William County
1 County Complex Court
Prince William, VA 22192-9201