GIS on the Hot Seat: How the City of Prince George GIS and Fire Departments Work Together to Save Taxpayers Money on Insurance
Scott Atherton, City of Prince George
In 2013 Prince George Fire Rescue completed a Fire Underwriters Survey. The Fire Underwriters work with Municipalities to establish a risk grading based on the Fire Department, Fire Safety Control, Water Supplies and Emergency Communications. Ultimately the Insurers use the grading results from the Fire Underwriters to determine the insurance rates charged within the municipalities.
Fire pre-plans were determined to be a relatively low cost, low impact item that would result in a high likelihood of the Fire Underwriters keeping Prince George at its current grading level. The fire department approached the City of Prince Georges’ GIS Department for help with creation and distribution of these Pre-Incident Plans.
This resulted in the creation of a secure, self-service mapping platform for use by the City of Prince Georges Fire Department.