Emergency Response System
The primary responsibility of the Fire
& EMS Operations/GIS Department is to provide comprehensive
information on fire departments and fire-based EMS that assists in
improving the safety and working conditions of IAFF members. The Department
promotes appropriate staffing and deployment for fire suppression
and the effectiveness of fire-based emergency medical services
systems by providing local affiliates with the tools necessary to
develop, enhance and protect their working conditions.
Specifically, the Department:
Addresses the concerns of local
affiliates on various components of fire departments and EMS
system operations, including staffing, deployment,
transportation, equipment, communications, record keeping,
public education, injury prevention and quality assurance.
Provides customized assistance to local
affiliates, including the processing of daily requests for
printed or video materials; writing, evaluating or responding to
request for proposals; and developing strategies to compete with
Creates and maintains a
reference library of fire/EMS operations materials, and
assists the Department of Education in developing fire-based EMS
Assists with the planning and
conducting of the
John P. Redmond Symposium on the Occupational Health & Hazards
of the Fire Service in conjunction with the Dominick F. Barbera
Emergency Medical Services Conference.
Supports IAFF research
related to fire fighter safety.
Provide project-specific technical
assistance to local affiliates (as provided for under the
Custom Technical Assistance Policy)
seeking to reconfigure, absorb EMS services, change staffing, or
change station location, inclusive of GIS mapping.
Handle project development, maintenance
and support of the
GIS mapping program (ArcView).
Work with the Labor Issues/Collective
Bargaining Department to develop strategies for supporting the
collective bargaining process as it pertains to EMS providers
and, under the direction of the General President, develop
position papers promoting the fire-based EMS concept.
Act in coordination with other IAFF
departments to educate federal, state and local government
agencies on EMS-related issues. Additionally, the department
will work cooperatively to seek clarification of laws pertaining
to the public provision of EMS, and seek state and national
policy to protect fire-based systems.
Develop customized presentations for
local affiliates pertaining to technical assistance provided.
Write articles for IAFF publications and
provide consultation for media efforts concerning fire and EMS
See the Fire & EMS Operations/GIS
Current Events page.
maintain information covering various types of fire departments
and EMS systems. Identify and plan for trends in the industry
that impact fire fighter wages, working conditions, pensions and
job security. This information will be used in conjunction with
customized technical assistance.
Survey, handle data entry and maintain
IAFF databases on technical information and data for researching
and responding to local affiliate requests. These databases
include the contract database, the economic database, the Death
& Injury (D&I) Survey database and the Phoenix Survey. The D&I
database will be handled in coordination with the Department of
Health & Safety.
The Fire & EMS
Operations/GIS Department is led by:
Jonathan Moore, Director,
Phone: (202) 824-1547
Jonathan Moore is assisted by: Shannon Hildebrant, Administrative
Maya Sela Shapiro