Fire district map books

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The Village of Wheeling fire department created fire districts for
the purpose of sectioning off the village so that village firefighters
would have a better idea where an incident was located and what station
would be the closest for response. The districts were sectioned off by
neighborhood and each one was given a four digit reference code. The
fire department then created maps of each district showing the streets
that were located within each one. While the maps were effective at
first, they eventually became outdated due to changes in the village.
The fire department asked the GIS Specialist to create an updated Fire
District Map Book that would also include features not available in the
previous version.

Using GIS, a new map book was created to meet the fire departments
specifications. The two new items requested to be added to the map book
were fire hydrant locations and village addresses. The fire department
went out and marked the location of each hydrant within the village so
that the exact locations could be added. With the fire hydrant
locations known, the firefighters would not have to waste time locating a
hydrant when responding to an incident. With the addresses displayed,
the fire department can easily locate the location of an incident,
especially in the case of an apartment complex where the addresses are
now broken down by building allowing the fire department to respond to
the correct building. In addition to the hydrant locations and the
addresses, the street names and the parcels were updated reflecting the
changes to the village since the last map book was created. Each map
book consists of individual pages that can be replaced individually in
case of an update or if a page is lost or destroyed.

With the completion of the updated fire district map books and the
placement of them within their vehicles, the fire department can now
respond more efficiently and more effectively to an incident within the
village.

Fire district map books

Blog_Fire_district_map.jpg

The Village of Wheeling fire department created fire districts for
the purpose of sectioning off the village so that village firefighters
would have a better idea where an incident was located and what station
would be the closest for response. The districts were sectioned off by
neighborhood and each one was given a four digit reference code. The
fire department then created maps of each district showing the streets
that were located within each one. While the maps were effective at
first, they eventually became outdated due to changes in the village.
The fire department asked the GIS Specialist to create an updated Fire
District Map Book that would also include features not available in the
previous version.

Using GIS, a new map book was created to meet the fire departments
specifications. The two new items requested to be added to the map book
were fire hydrant locations and village addresses. The fire department
went out and marked the location of each hydrant within the village so
that the exact locations could be added. With the fire hydrant
locations known, the firefighters would not have to waste time locating a
hydrant when responding to an incident. With the addresses displayed,
the fire department can easily locate the location of an incident,
especially in the case of an apartment complex where the addresses are
now broken down by building allowing the fire department to respond to
the correct building. In addition to the hydrant locations and the
addresses, the street names and the parcels were updated reflecting the
changes to the village since the last map book was created. Each map
book consists of individual pages that can be replaced individually in
case of an update or if a page is lost or destroyed.

With the completion of the updated fire district map books and the
placement of them within their vehicles, the fire department can now
respond more efficiently and more effectively to an incident within the
village.