Cincinnati Fire's RAVEN911 Mapping System Presented To U.S. State Department
Officials from the Cincinnati Fire Department’s Homeland Security Unit and other representatives from the Regional Asset Verification and Emergency Network (RAVEN911) system returned to town after meeting with Acting Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Rose Gottemoeller on Monday to demonstrate the RAVEN911 mapping system.
The award-winning program was developed out of research the Cincinnati Fire Department conducted, surveying public health personnel, police officers and firefighters both within the City of Cincinnati and in the surrounding areas from a host of first responder disciplines that identified critical infrastructure and key resources deemed integral to responding to a catastrophic emergency. Some of those critical infrastructure items identified included fire stations, police stations, Ohio River boating facilities, schools, hospitals, nursing homes, day care centers, chemical storage facilities, public health points of distribution for biological incidents, shelters and operations centers, among others.
Based upon the items identified through the survey, the Cincinnati Fire Department used interagency cooperation and a number of grant programs to develop RAVEN911, which brings together data from 12 counties in three states into the project. The result of this collaboration is a detailed map of the critical infrastructures and key resources created using geographic information system (GIS).
Specifically, the GIS-based program developed by the Cincinnati Fire Department is an electronic mapping system with interactive "widgets" that allow emergency response personnel to visualize data such as weather patterns, flood plains, chemical release information, Twitter feeds, and area-wide camera systems in the context of a GIS map. The end product is an interactive, web-based tool that brings critical spatial information to fire chiefs, police chiefs, emergency managers and other decision makers to assist with emergency planning, response, and recovery operations for incidents of all levels of severity.
Representing Cincinnati’s RAVEN911:
- Edward Dadosky, Assistant Fire Chief, Cincinnati Fire Department (Program Administrator/RAVEN911 Co-Creator)
- Christine Grimmelsman, Cincinnati Metropolitan Medical Response System Planner/Cincinnati Fire Department, Homeland Security Unit (Data Manager/RAVEN911 Co-Creator)
- David Shuey, GIS Manager, Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana Regional Council of Governments [OKI] (Technology Leader/RAVEN911 Co-Creator)
- Anson Turley, District Chief, Cincinnati Fire Department, Homeland Security/Environmental Crimes Unit
"The Cincinnati Fire Department’s Homeland Security Unit was honored to present the RAVEN911 system to the Acting Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security. The program equips our first responders with information and resources to handle an emergency of any kind -- no matter what area they serve and protect," said Assistant Chief Ed Dadosky.
Most recently, RAVEN911 won the City of Cincinnati’s Innovation in Technology Award. In addition to an Alliance Risk Communication Award in 2011 and a 2010-2011 Technology Solutions Award for Public Safety Technology from the Public Technology Institute (PTI). Chris Grimmelsman, Asst. Chief Dadosky and David Shuey also co-authored a book published by Dr. Alan Shark: CIO Leadership for Public Safety Communications: Emerging Trends and Practices, Alexandria, VA, Public Technology Institute, 2012.
Please see snapshot of RAVEN911 Mapping system below.