GIS supporting fire fighter training

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The Oak Brook Fire Department, like most other fire departments,
regularly trains their staff in a variety of categories aside from EMS
and fighting fires. One area that they test on a regular basis is every
firefighter’s ability to remember every street name and location within
each of the 13 fire districts. Prior to GIS assisting them in the test
creation, they had used hand drawn maps that were not easy to read, and
were not always spatially accurate. As a result the training officer
asked the GIS specialist to create a series of maps to test the
firefighters with.

The image displayed is an example page from the map book that was
created for the test. The map book is made up of 13 pages, one page for
each district. There was a master copy made which displays every street
and street name within the district. And then the test was created by
substituting the street name with a numeric value. Each firefighter will
have a document listing all of the numbers in each district, and they
will need to reference the map with numeric street names to complete the
test. The test is then graded based off of the master copy which
displays all actual street names. Although this project did not involve
intensive analysis, it allows the fire department to maximize its
effectiveness by completing an essential and easy to read test.

GIS supporting fire fighter training

Blog_GISsupportingfirefightertraining.png

The Oak Brook Fire Department, like most other fire departments,
regularly trains their staff in a variety of categories aside from EMS
and fighting fires. One area that they test on a regular basis is every
firefighter’s ability to remember every street name and location within
each of the 13 fire districts. Prior to GIS assisting them in the test
creation, they had used hand drawn maps that were not easy to read, and
were not always spatially accurate. As a result the training officer
asked the GIS specialist to create a series of maps to test the
firefighters with.

The image displayed is an example page from the map book that was
created for the test. The map book is made up of 13 pages, one page for
each district. There was a master copy made which displays every street
and street name within the district. And then the test was created by
substituting the street name with a numeric value. Each firefighter will
have a document listing all of the numbers in each district, and they
will need to reference the map with numeric street names to complete the
test. The test is then graded based off of the master copy which
displays all actual street names. Although this project did not involve
intensive analysis, it allows the fire department to maximize its
effectiveness by completing an essential and easy to read test.