Technology and information-gathering continues to expand exponentially around the world. Analyzed correctly, the fire and emergency service can leverage this data to improve service delivery, save lives and mitigate property loss at the local level.
The IAFC Public Safety GIS Viewer currently provides 10 GIS layers including a national directory of fire departments and FEMA floodplain maps. Each of the layers may serve a unique purpose; the GIS Viewer enables first responders to assemble layers to view comprehensive information products within their community. Accessing this data was challenging because the information lives on many different websites. Using the National GIS Viewer, a responder can aggregate that data and drill down to see important information about their community.
IAFC worked with Esri to create the National GIS Viewer, which provides first responders an introduction to geospatially enabled decision-support tools and illustrates how they can easily assist first responders in planning and daily operations.