Beacon GIS invited to NFPA event.

Near Anaheim, California, the NFPA assembled a collection of 25 subject matter experts  from across the country to discuss a new solution to fire data collection and analysis.  Robert McNally of Beacon GIS was fortunate to be invited to the workshop.

Greenville, SC going for accreditation

bridgeDespite a city GIS department with a long history of achievement, they recognized that the FD may benefit from a direct access to an industry familiar source to help develop the fire department’s Standard of Cover documentation as part of the goal of being accredited by the Commission of Fire Accreditation International.  Beacon GIS has been contracted to assist with the process and provide data analysis, geographic modeling, and technical writing.

Phoenixville, PA helped with fire station location choices.

Beacon GIS teamed with Krug Architects of Chester, PA to evaluate multiple sites for a new fire station within the borough.

Spartanburg (SC) Fire Dept. gets ISO Class 1 rating

From: Alliance for Innovation’s Transformations newsletter, February 2017

“Beacon GIS completed the deployment analysis that in part helped the Spartanburg Fire Dept. secure a Class 1 rating from the Insurance Services Office (ISO).

Only 204 of about 47,000 fire protection service agencies in the nation have earned the Class 1 rating.

The department went from a Class 2 to a Class 1 rating by the Insurance Services Office.

“This is something we’ve been working for and we’re really proud of,” said Fire Chief Marion Blackwell. “We’ve been busy. It’s been a team effort. All our firefighters have been involved with it.”

Spartanburg Water and 911 communications are also involved in the rating process.

Insurance companies use a fire department’s rating to help determine insurance premiums. A Class 1 rating will likely come with a lower premium for residents in the city.”

Spartanburg (SC) Fire Dept. Survives CPSE Re-Accreditation.

2016-03-15 11.01.59After their accreditation manager left the Spartanburg Fire Department, the chief and the fire marshal were left with the daunting task of being ready for an imminent peer review team site visit.  They were granted an extension under the circumstances by the commission.  The fire department issued an RFP for Technical Consulting Services and after several interviews, chose Robert McNally of Beacon GIS, LLC  to assist the department with its accreditation process.

Meanwhile, the peer review team was contemplating on cancelling the trip because of the lack of data and disorganization of materials.  This would have certainly resulted in the loss of accreditation status.  Impressed by the work that the Fire Department and Beacon GIS was able to achieve in very short order, the team decided to come to Spartanburg for a peer review visit.

Although much progress had been made, ultimately the accreditation of the Spartanburg Fire Department was deferred by CPSE in order to rectify some insufficiencies as recommended by the peer review team.  Over the next year, the fire department staff and Beacon GIS, LLC worked to meet the rigors of accreditation.  In 2016 in Orlando at the Public Safety Excellence Conference, the CPSE accreditation commission approved the Spartanburg Fire Department as an accredited agency for another five year term. Beacon GIS, LLC continues to assist the department so that a repeat crisis does not occur.

Upstate NY Fire Districts consider consolidation

Five volunteer districts in NY State decided to explore the effect that consolidation would have on the level of services that they provide to their respective areas.  Travel time capability and concentration of resources were analyzed to rearrange apparatus and staffing, and eliminate redundant stations.  This reduced the operating expenses of the collective districts and provided better response coverage to the taxpayers

Southern Florida EMS System reduces response time

With their budget tightening and population growing, this community’s EMS system was analyzed for its current conditions status and future planning.  Instead of a constant deployment of units, a peak load staffing model was recommended, a scenario by which response units vary by the time of day and day of the week to align resources with demand.   The geographic distribution of these units through available station locations by time of day was also determined.  Future growth areas and future demand projections were analyzed for adjusting the peak load unit amounts and the need for additional station locations.  This allowed for immediate cost savings, reduced response times during peak demand, and a plan for future expenditures to keep pace with the projected changes.