The Village of Skokielinois Fire Department provides services to over 63,000 residents and is part of a Mutual Aid Agreement with surrounding communities. In order to provide the best possible service, Skokie’s Fire vehicles need to be equipped with detailed street maps outlining not only its own community, but the surrounding communities as well. For instance, if surrounding communities have low bridge clearances, one way streets, or other obstacles, the Village needs to know in order to proceed to the call safely and efficiently. The Village’s Geographic Information System (GIS ) provides this street map.
Coinciding with the street map, inset maps of highly populated areas are provided detailing hydrant locations, addresses and even unit numbers of large condominiums and apartment complexes. Parking lot layouts, curbs, and medians are also outlined to supply the most information to the Fire Department so more educated decisions can be made.