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Served as the Commanding Officer of the Fire Department City of New York’s (FDNY) Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Unit for the last 12 years of my career before retiring. Under my leadership, I have increased the integration of Geospatial Technology within the FDNY. Began my Public Safety career in my hometown as a member the Lynbrook, NY Volunteer Fire…..
David is a 24-year veteran of the Geospatial industry. He started in the utility sector, then spent 10+ years as the Senior GIS Analyst for Colorado Springs Fire. While there David deployed across the country supporting disasters and major incidents and thinking about how to get information to decision makers when they needed it, no matter where they were. As…..
I’m a fire lieutenant with with 28 years of experience and an unusual fascination with maps. I started my fire service experience as a resident firefighter while going to college for cartography. I eventually achieved a degree in Cartography with a minor in Computer Science. However I realized my professional passion was being a firefighter, however I never lost my…..
One of the things that is often lacking in preplans is identifying safety hazards. There are ways to show hazards to both firefighters and civilians on the preplan diagram. A proposal for showing safety hazards is to use a consistent symbol on the diagram. There are several commonly recognized symbols including There are several option to symbolize something that may…..
One challenges that firefighter sometimes face is identifying which fire department connection is available. In many cases fire department connections may be buried in bushes, mislabeled, or in disrepair. Another challenge may also telling apart which FDC is a standpipe connection or sprinkler connection. There are instances where the brass is even mislabeled.� One great way of identifying the difference…..
You might want to create a full page legend if you have a map (or preplan) that has a lot of layers. To create a full page legend do the following Open an existing map that has the layers you want to create the legend of Save the map document as another file name. This is so you don’t mess…..
Introduction Architects and Engineers are a valuable asset in helping fire departments gather information about building systems, hazards present, and access information. It is also an excellent opportunity to build good relationship with the fire department. Important information can be collected from the building developer. This information includes Access information Doors Windows Roof, attic, and crawl space access Alarms Panels…..
What is Geography According to Wikipedia “Geography is the study of the earth and its features, inhabitants, and phenomena” Geography is something that everyone deals with everyday. This is especially true of firefighters. Part of being a good firefighter is “knowing your area”. We spend countless hours responding quickly to emergencies without giving it a second thought to to how…..