Guardian Medical Transport uses geographic information system mapping, or GIS, in many aspects of our response. Using GIS, we can store a collection of smart map layers to be used with multiple software applications in a central database. Smart map layers are points, lines, or polygons with tables of attributes attached. These drive the display or cartography of maps so we can standardize maps, display geography and perform quick analysis.
GIS databases are maintained and shared in cooperation with Coconino County, the city of Flagstaff, the state of Arizona and other governmental agencies. Using these databases of smart map layer, a global positioning system, or GPS, coordinates addresses which can be located on a detailed map within the Computer Aided Dispatch System, or CAD, to help dispatch the closest unit. All dispatch information is also provided on mobile devices to better communicate details to all first responders. We provide GIS mapping assistance to our partner agencies, using a common format for easier communication between agencies.
Our GIS specialist is a member of a wildland fire incident management team which manages rapidly-spreading and complex wildland fires. Team members are on call throughout the spring, summer and fall seasons. They play a vital role in wildland fire management directly at the scene; constantly gathering new information to provide daily to the firefighters, regional and national wildland fire managers, and the general public. Daily work lasts up to 16 hours for two weeks at a time and can be located anywhere within the western United States.
Wildland fire incidents are searchable and listed at inciweb.nwcg.gov.
The map below was produced by GIS at a wildland fire incident.