South San Francisco FireMap

Doug Hollis and Justin Anderson of the City of South San Francisco present SSF FireMap, a tool that gives fire department staff access to critical base data, real time EMS information, and editable incident data layers.

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00:01Hi. You know, one of the things about public speaking is to know your audience.

00:04How many IT people do we have in here? Whoa, more than I thought.

00:08How many GIS people? Well, cool. One of the things that we're going to share with you today...

00:13...is a fun project that we had between GIS and IT for the city of south San Francisco, called FireMap.

00:19It's...FireMap is an application, GIS web app, and free-on software for mobile devices.

00:28The project was created to enhance communication between the fire department incidents...

00:32...EOC incidents, and also staff in the field regarding incidents of their everyday work.

00:40The application was designed to enhance communication, data sharing, and decision making.

00:46Okay. So we developed an ArcGIS server web application using the JavaScript API.

00:53And essentially what this application does is it consumes the data feed that comes to us from San Mateo county...

00:58...their dispatch, it geolocates the incidents, and then puts them up on the map.

01:04And all this happens basically in real time.

01:06In addition, it exposes a whole range of accurate, up-to-date base data...

01:13...including things all the way from our fire hydrant inventory to certain critical underground infrastructure.

01:20Talking about critical infrastructure, some of you may remember in 2010 the San Bruno fire...

01:25...where the PG&E gas lines underneath a neighborhood exploded, killing people and destroying a neighborhood.

01:31It was important to us now, because South City is the neighboring city...

01:36...we sent our fire and police department into that area to help, and then also found out through working with PG&E...

01:42...that we had two gas lines similar to San Bruno running underneath our city. Now we know where they're at.

01:50So the application was available to every member of the fire department staff, as well as 24 by 7 at our emergency operation center.

02:01You know, one of the things I forgot to mention earlier is, if I seem a little nervous up here...

02:04...those of you that have adult drinks, please take a drink for me, 'cause it would really calm my nerves down...

02:09...and make me feel a little bit better. So feel free to do that.

02:12Talking about the EOC, we had an exercise two months ago, walked in there...

02:17...the first thing staff did was print out a paper map, lay it on the table.

02:20Five people got around the map, started marking up the map as to how it was important to them.

02:25I was standing there observing that, looking back at the 25 people behind me that couldn't see the map.

02:31So what this project did was take the paper information that only a certain amount of people could see...

02:36...and digitized it so that we could share it with the EOC up on the big screens...

02:40...and then also with any other staff in the city that had access to the application.

02:47Okay. And besides just the mapping component that Doug's talking about...

02:50...we've also built some tools that increase situational awareness.

02:54So we've got one-click access over to Google Street View.

02:59And we've done some system integrations. We're linked to our permitting system...

03:02...so all the users can pull up building information, as well as our document management system.

03:07So a single click on the map pulls up evacuation plans or layouts or photos about a site.

03:13And what's really cool is that all this information, both the data and the...the spatial data included...

03:21...is available to our fire crews out in the fire trucks...

03:25...'cause they can pull up the application using tablets as they roll to a scene.

03:30So they have a really good idea about the environment they're headed to before they get there.

03:34And in addition to just being able to view data, we've also enabled some editing capacity in the application.

03:41So any user could, for example, indicate where a command center is out in the field...

03:47...they could delineate the location of an evacuation area, or indicate a blocked street.

03:53And since all this information is stored as feature classes in our ArcSDE database, as soon as the edits are written...

03:59...everybody using the web application can then see the data.

04:03So one of the important aspects is we have the web application with all this functionality...

04:07...and editing the map and everybody being able to see it, what we understood was we needed to take that functionality...

04:13...and provide that data in the field to staff that had smartphones, Droids, iOS, or iPad...

04:21...so that they would have the same functionality on their phone so that they could be in the field, mark up a barricade...

04:26...indicate who put the barricade there, when it was done...

04:29...and maybe the cell phone number of the person that did it so somebody could get a hold of them...

04:33...and that shows back up at the EOC and the other people that are rolling into the scene.

04:38That's something else that we wanted to point out was that if we had an incident in our city...

04:42...and another city came in to respond, we could give them access to the web application...

04:47...and they could see how we've staged equipment and staff in the incident so they could respond in...effectively.

04:53Again, we built the application to increase communications, share data, and make better decisions.

04:59Justin and I would like to thank you for your time today.

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