GIS Siting of Emergency Vehicles Improves Response Time

University of Georgia researchers developed a new method for determining where

emergency vehicle stations should be located. The results of their work could improve ambulance response time for the 200 million Americans who dial 911 each year, according to the Federal Communications Commission.

The model uses geographical information science, or GIS, to determine the best base stations for Emergency Medical Service vehicles. GIS technology is used to manage and organize spatial data and to visualize solutions using maps. The model makes decisions about the best possible location to park an EMS vehicle, or the place to keep it, so that it serves the largest portion of the population in the shortest amount of time.

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Source:Fire Engineering

JinGu Lee, Vertices, research intern, gis@vertices.com

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