GIS aids in the locating of fire hydrants during winter storm

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With the recent historical snowfall event, 22” over a 16 hour
timeframe, it became a safety issue for Elk Grove Village Firefighters
to know the location of their fire hydrants and have access to them.
Many fire hydrants had been completely covered by snow because of the
amount of snow and plowing efforts from the village, counties, and
state.

To assist their fire response the GIS (Geographic Information System)
Department provided each fire station a hard and soft copy map showing
the location of the hydrants in their district. As time allowed, fire
personnel then focused on uncovering and clearing snow away from fire
hydrants located at the corners of each block where they were most
likely to have been completely covered by snow pushed off of the
roadways.

GIS aids in the locating of fire hydrants during winter storm

Blog_GISaidsinthelocatingoffirehydrantsduringwinterstorm.jpg

With the recent historical snowfall event, 22” over a 16 hour
timeframe, it became a safety issue for Elk Grove Village Firefighters
to know the location of their fire hydrants and have access to them.
Many fire hydrants had been completely covered by snow because of the
amount of snow and plowing efforts from the village, counties, and
state.

To assist their fire response the GIS (Geographic Information System)
Department provided each fire station a hard and soft copy map showing
the location of the hydrants in their district. As time allowed, fire
personnel then focused on uncovering and clearing snow away from fire
hydrants located at the corners of each block where they were most
likely to have been completely covered by snow pushed off of the
roadways.