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Fire/Rescue and EMS

ArcGIS as a System for Fire/Rescue and EMS

The ArcGIS provides a system for Fire/Rescue and EMS that supports all facets of the mission including administration, planning, preparedness and response.

ArcGIS as a System


GIS spatial analysis and modeling power provide the tools necessary to perform a thorough risk and hazard assessment which forms the basis for an effective and defensible deployment strategy. Not only can GIS quickly map and display critical infrastructure, populations, and other community values exposed to natural and technological hazards, it can also model event scenarios for training purposes, to determine potential consequence and loss, and to establish appropriate and sustainable protection levels. This type of work is typically performed by a GIS technician using the power of ArcGIS for Desktop technology.


Web-based GIS enables access to information and services in a cost effective and easy to use format. Applications for collecting pre-plan data, viewing the results of analysis performed in a desktop environment, and providing information to the public can all be built in a web-based environment. A well designed common operating picture (COP) provides an essential geographic context of the jurisdiction with base layers of information (imagery, streets, critical infrastructure, elevations, etc.) COP's and other free viewer applications built on an ArcGIS platform can also consume and publish dynamic GIS data and services from other systems (weather, traffic cameras, video, GPS, 911 calls, etc.). Operational analytics (demographic analysis, plume modeling, road closures, etc) on the GIS platform can be performed by fusing base map data with dynamic data. This type of technology is configured for use by operations personnel and does not require a GIS analyst.


Mobile GIS technology now provides the capability to support a number of common fire/rescue and EMS department requirements. These capabilities include collection data in the field from inspections and home fire safety calls, providing access to life safety hazard data to first responders en route to emergency events, and attaining real-time updates about incident status from the field in tactical and administrative operations. ArcGIS for Windows Mobile is configurable for use in the field with very little training required.

Online Maps and Data

ArcGIS Online and provide access to all types of GIS data, imagery, and applications and is a key component of the ArcGIS system for fire/rescue and EMS. A variety of worldwide base maps are available including imagery, streets, topography, community base maps and more. Emergency personnel can create private or public groups to exchange map data, projects, and presentations.

GIS Server

ArcGIS for Server is the core component of the GIS system for fire/rescue and EMS. It can be deployed within the fire/rescue and EMS agency or can be hosted in the cloud and provided as a GIS service. ArcGIS for Server provides the platform for the organization and management of GIS data available to the desktop for planning and analysis for enhanced decision support and analysis of unfolding events. It manages mobile connections to consume updates and edits which are stored in the database and published to the COP. It also enables access to dynamic data, services, and other online GIS data that is made available to all other GIS clients and viewers within the system.

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