The Village of Glencoe recently made use of GIS to map fire hydrants
and their associated flow rates. Having this information available at a
moment’s notice allows fire fighters to quickly locate the nearest
source of the water pressure necessary to respond to a fire emergency.
These maps were provided to both Dispatch and emergency responders in
the field, providing multiple ways to find this information when seconds
Because paper maps can get misplaced or damaged in an emergency
situation, this information will also be made available in MapOffice™
Advanced as a custom layer. Currently, Dispatch is able to use this tool
to zoom in on a specific location and relay the relevant information to
responders in the field. Once MapOffice™ Advanced is available on the
internet, all emergency personnel will have direct access to this
information without the need to rely on printed materials anymore.
As GIS continues to support the mission of each department in the
Village, its cost savings potential increases significantly. In this
case, Public Works had already collected the flow rate data for
inclusion in the database, so police, fire and dispatch were able to
pull what they needed in a matter of moments.