Collaboration Will Facilitate Easy Access to GIS Software and Data Designed Specifically to Meet the Needs of Public Safety Agencies
Redlands, California,September 26, 2007-- The Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE) and ESRI, the world leader in geographic information system (GIS) software, have entered into a strategic relationship to facilitate broader adoption of GIS technology to support all aspects of fire service. The CPSE-ESRI relationship will assist decision makers across the emergency services spectrum by improving access to critical spatial and tabular information about their communities including data related to buildings, streets, utility assets, and infrastructure.
"CPSE provides an important service to review, analyze, and substantiate fire department capability to provide public service officials with a blueprint for fire service," says Russ Johnson, public safety manager, ESRI. "By collaborating with CPSE, we're able to supply different technology and data programs for continuous improvement to protect communities and fire department personnel."
Both organizations are collaborating to improve capabilities for different projects. The first is the development of a comprehensive software package to measure community risk. This package will be a standards-based program designed to integrate seamlessly into existing records management systems (RMS) or available as a Web service for departments without existing records management systems. The project will result in fire departments having a standard approach across the country to analyze and better understand their local risk problems. In addition, the results of these risk analysis assessments can be displayed in a geospatial framework, making the information easy to understand and act on.
This project is funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security through a grant partnership with the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), and the National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST).
The second initiative involves CPSE now operating as an authorized reseller of ESRI's ArcGIS and extensions software to eligible CPSE members at reduced costs. CPSE and ESRI have assembled a set of GIS bundles to give the fire service community less expensive access to GIS software and data.
These software bundles and services programs will be designed specifically to help fire departments better carry out preplanning activities, measure their service delivery, and understand how they can improve their performance. ESRI's GIS software will enable local fire departments to access, analyze, and visualize vital information through a digital map interface. The analysis capabilities give commanders, first responders, and other fire service decision makers a better understanding of their workload, staffing requirements, and actions required to provide high-quality levels of service.
"The relationship will encourage the utilization of GIS in the fire service that will result in increased safety and prevention program effectiveness," says Randy Bruegman, president, CPSE Board of Directors. "We want data and information about our communities to be made available to the fire service to assist them in their decision-making processes. As such, it needs to be readily accessible in a format that is useful to a wide range of users. By combining ESRI's expertise in GIS and CPSE's mission to improve the strategic direction of the fire service, we will have a far greater and more efficient reach with critical audiences that interact with the natural and built worlds and our mission to protect them."
For more information on the packages, visit the CPSE Web site at www.publicsafetyexcellence.org.
The Center for Public Safety Excellence, Inc. (CPSE), a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation, establishes and promotes recognized professional standards to help fire agencies move beyond tactical deployment to continuous strategic improvement. CPSE supports and encourages agencies and personnel to meet these standards through various programs and the work of two commissions, the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI) and the Commission on Professional Credentialing (CPC).
Since 1969, ESRI has been giving customers around the world the power to think and plan geographically. The market leader in GIS, ESRI software is used in more than 300,000 organizations worldwide including each of the 200 largest cities in the United States, most national governments, more than two-thirds of Fortune 500 companies, and more than 7,000 colleges and universities. ESRI applications, running on more than one million desktops and thousands of Web and enterprise servers, provide the backbone for the world's mapping and spatial analysis. ESRI is the only vendor that provides complete technical solutions for desktop, mobile, server, and Internet platforms. Visit www.esri.com.
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