Leveraging Geospatial Intelligence to Enhance Dallas Fire Department Programs and Data Analysis [open pdf - 24MB]
From the Thesis Abstract: "This research incorporates and enhances the use of geospatial intelligence, also known as a geographic information system (GIS), within the Dallas Fire Department bureaus, programs, and data analysis. Traditionally, fire departments have primarily leveraged GIS for its cartography (map) functions to produce large area wall maps of the city and first-up response areas, and for creating map books kept in fire apparatus units. While cartography is a useful tool for visualizing broad information, incorporating other aspects of GIS into additional areas of the department will provide heightened situational awareness and can become a primary tool used for decision support and resource allocation. Through practical quantitative measures, such as travel time measurements and calculating coverage area dimensions, this research specifically examines how GISs can provide data modeling, tracking, predictive analysis, and visualizations. This type of analysis can then be used for policy development and decision support in areas such as the resource allocation of fire apparatus and fire station placement. In addition, this research analyzes how GIS can be incorporated into strategic planning and budget analysis."
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