2009 Ohio GIS Conference
Presentation Abstract and Biography

Meeting NFPA 1710: Using GIS to Model Ideal Fire Station Allocation

Jennifer Weisser, Deerfield Township

Jennifer is the GIS Coordinator for Deerfield Township in Warren County. She also teaches part-time in the Geography Department at Wright State University. She received her Masterís of Public Administration from Wright State and her Masterís in Geography from the University of Cincinnati.

Randall W. Hanifen, University of Cincinnati/Deerfield Township

Randall W. Hanifen is a Lieutenant for West Chester Fire, an adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati Fire Science and Emergency Management Program, and a Fire Service Consultant. He has a B.S. in Fire Administration, an M.S. in Fire Service Executive Leadership and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Executive Management of Homeland Security. He is the associate author of Disaster Planning and Control. He is beginning a GIS for the Fire Service book with Jones and Bartlett.

Thursday, September 17, 2009 - 1:10 PM - Track 3

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has set time objectives for emergency call responses with a target of reaching 90% of calls within 6 minutes. Through a collaborative GIS/Fire Department effort, a GIS model based on network distance was created and statistically validated. Various forms of analysis can be performed once the model has been confirmed such as calculating the existing service areas for the current configuration of fire stations, alternative scenarios of fire station arrangements, impact of preempting devices on service areas, evaluation of the borders of the emergency response zones, location allocation, and assisting with the accreditation process.

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