Monday, October 31, 2011

GIS as a High Tech Fire-Fighting Weapon

Wilson, North Carolina, Fire Chief Don Oliver has been known for many years in the fire-fighting community for his progressive thinking about the employment of new technologies.  Indeed, he was an early adopter of GIS and over the years has worked hard to build out that capability in the fire house as the technology has advanced.  ESRI and Fire Engineering recently highlighted those efforts in an online article.  Go here to read the article.

Comment: One of the stories Chief Oliver likes to tell to demonstrate the value of geospatial technologies involves the arrival of one of his crews at a site where a bomb disposal unit was getting ready to defuse a pipe bomb.  When the police officer in charge of the scene wandered back to ask the fire crew why they had parked so far away from the scene, the fire crew showed the police officer the radius of blast as calculated on their fire truck's Mobile Data Terminal.  The police then quickly pulled their cars back to where the fire trucks were parked.

It should not be a surprise to anyone reading this blog that Chief Oliver is also a big proponent of the U.S. National Grid.   

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