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... 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... 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... 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... 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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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.

  • Recorded: Jul 23rd, 2012
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  • Published: Dec 18th, 2012
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