The City of Plano GIS team has partnered with the Fire Department to create a solution for reviewing and updating Tactical Response Guides for high occupancy buildings. This work began two years ago with an ESRI Solution and has evolved into a custom development utilizing ArcGIS Online Web apps, Hubs, Field Maps, and Dashboards. We have empowered the users, in this case firefighters, to regularly collect their own data in the field which allows them to better assess the type of equipment to be deployed in an emergency. This includes collecting data such as emergency contact information, building access points, key box locations, gate codes, and much more. We have designed a solution to regularly assign these buildings to be reviewed when there are no emergencies, so that we are consistently updating the emergency GIS information. We even have other departments such as Police interested in utilizing the same data and applications. This has been a great use of GIS in our public safety sector
Kristina Deitz, GISP, received her Master’s Degree in Geospatial Surveying Engineering from Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi in 2015. She discovered GIS back in 2007 and had several summer internships working with multiple companies ranging from environmental mapping to oil/gas while working on her Bachelor’s degree in GIS. While working on her Master’s degree she worked as a Teaching Assistant with various labs ranging from basic GIS concepts to the more advanced GIS classes. After graduating with her Master’s degree she went on to work in the consulting realm for AECOM for over 5 years. She has since moved on to the municipal government sector and is currently a Business Intelligence/GIS Analyst with the City of Plano. She has also been an active member of URISA’s GISCorps where she has previously served as a Data Manager for a Community Solutions partnering with the Northeast Hartford project.
Keil Baldia, Fire Captain
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