Updating fire mapbooks

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The Elk Grove Village Fire Department has had Fire Map Books as a
resource for many years to assist with dispatch to emergency response
events. These map books display roadways and list the location of each
street allowing for quick lookup of the general vicinity and routing for
a service call. Over the years these maps has degraded in quality so
the Geographic Information System (GIS) was leveraged to recreate these
map products.

One of the fundamental functions of the GIS software is the ability
to make maps and the fact that much of the needed information had
already been mapped in the system made GIS a natural fit for reproducing
this product. The main task would be creating the grid information to
provide the same type of quick lookup of a location and the production
of a new map look.

A benefit of using the GIS was that it provided for the addition of
other related information into the maps such as address ranges and fire
hydrant locations which were not a part of the former map books. Other
advantages of making these products with the GIS were that the layers of
information and the map look can be updated at any point. Therefore an
update would only require the updates to be made in the GIS office, a
new print of the page, and replacement of the former map page. Because
the system produces electronic products all of the pages are available
as images and can be distributed via e-mail to outside agencies or
communities if necessary.

The grid layers formulated for this project were also able to be
incorporated into the dispatch information that is provided by Northwest
Central Dispatch. So now included with the dispatch information will be
a reference to the page and grid number of the incident location in
their map books.

Updating fire mapbooks

​ee

The Elk Grove Village Fire Department has had Fire Map Books as a
resource for many years to assist with dispatch to emergency response
events. These map books display roadways and list the location of each
street allowing for quick lookup of the general vicinity and routing for
a service call. Over the years these maps has degraded in quality so
the Geographic Information System (GIS) was leveraged to recreate these
map products.

One of the fundamental functions of the GIS software is the ability
to make maps and the fact that much of the needed information had
already been mapped in the system made GIS a natural fit for reproducing
this product. The main task would be creating the grid information to
provide the same type of quick lookup of a location and the production
of a new map look.

A benefit of using the GIS was that it provided for the addition of
other related information into the maps such as address ranges and fire
hydrant locations which were not a part of the former map books. Other
advantages of making these products with the GIS were that the layers of
information and the map look can be updated at any point. Therefore an
update would only require the updates to be made in the GIS office, a
new print of the page, and replacement of the former map page. Because
the system produces electronic products all of the pages are available
as images and can be distributed via e-mail to outside agencies or
communities if necessary.

The grid layers formulated for this project were also able to be
incorporated into the dispatch information that is provided by Northwest
Central Dispatch. So now included with the dispatch information will be
a reference to the page and grid number of the incident location in
their map books.