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GIS Station Location and Staffing Projects
For the Fire & EMS Operations/GIS Department to begin a Customized Technical Assistance Project for Station Location or Staffing Analysis using GIS, certain information must be received from the locals requesting assistance. Because the IAFF does not typically make site visits to gather local information, as private consulting firms may do at considerable expense, IAFF local leadership must gather and effectively communicate essential information back to the International. The following items are important for preparing a complete and defensible GIS Analysis.

A copy of the form below is included with any GIS project approval letter from the General President. You may also download this form.

Geographic Information System (GIS)
Project Information Checklist

  • A brief description of local issues related to staffing and deployment. Indicate if any other IAFF local will be impacted by the results of this study.
  • A map, which includes street names, showing the fire department's jurisdiction. An ArcView formatted "shapefile" of your jurisdiction generated by your municipality's GIS Department (including projection information) is ideal, if available. A current gas station-style map also works well. Indicate current boundaries and areas annexed or released by your municipality within the last 10 years.
  • Locations of all fire stations and/or EMS stations, using the map described above. You may also indicate landmarks important to your study (i.e., high fire hazard areas or buildings, areas of high incident volume, HazMat areas, or politically important areas). Small, colored stick-on dots or the use of a brightly colored highlighter are suggested methods of labeling stations and landmarks on the map.
  • A chart listing current and future station locations and current apparatus deployment and staffing (see the attached example).
    • Station name and numerical address, including zip code.
    • Nearest cross streets.
    • A list of all active apparatus in the station. If a combination engine-ladder unit ("quint") is deployed, please indicate its primary role (e.g., primarily engine functions, switching to ladder functions as required or with the arrival of additional personnel or apparatus).
    • A description of how each unit is staffed (e.g., maximum, minimum, cross-staffing) and EMS training level requirements (e.g., EMT-Basic, Paramedic).
  • Any local response time objectives or criteria for the first due unit and full-alarm assignment to fire or EMS calls. The default response times are four minutes of travel and eight minutes of travel, respectively, absent any other applicable requirements. Explain which apparatus are dispatched for each type or response.
  • BLS Medical Call.
  • ALS Medical Call.
  • Small fires (e.g., dumpsters).
  • Full-Alarm (e.g., structure fires).
  • Unique Alarms (e.g., aircraft or HazMat incidents).
  • An indication of whether your response time objectives or criteria include dispatch time and/or turnout time.
  • A definition of response time (e.g., from dispatch to a unit's arrival on the scene).
  • An indication of whether your jurisdiction receives automatic aid from neighboring jurisdictions. If so, indicate whether this should be included in the analysis. Provide automatic aid station locations, apparatus and staffing information for these areas as well.

Sample Station Data Table

Station Name Station 1 Station 2 Station 3
Station Address 21 Hobart St. 123 Main St. 222 Pine St.
Station Zip Code 11111 11111 11110
Left Cross-Street Seventh Ave. Oak St. Main St.
Right Cross-Street Daffodil Ct. Pine St. Airport Dr.
Engine 1/

Ladder 1/

Rescue 1/

B/C Car/
1 Batt. Chief

Engine 2/

Ladder 2/

Engine 3/

Crash 3/

Sample Response Information

Turnout Time: 1 minute 0 seconds
Response Time Objectives: First unit on the scene within 4 minutes 0 seconds of dispatch and/or a full-alarm assignment on the scene within 8 minutes 0 seconds of dispatch.
BLS Medical Assignment: 1 Rescue
ALS Medical Assignment: 1 Engine and 1 Rescue
Still Alarm (Fire): 1 Engine
Full-Alarm Assignment: 2 Engines, 1 Ladder, 1 Rescue, and 1 Batt. Chief

Finished Map Samples

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