Australia: The New South Wales State Emergency Services (NSW SES) has launched a new mapping system that allows volunteers on the ground to instantly share real-time information needed by incident management teams to coordinate rescue operations.
“A pilot trial of the mapping system was used during that time to help first responders. Because of its success, it is now ready to be extended to 229 units located throughout the State. When major floods occur, it presents unique challenges for incident management teams who, as well as coordinating frontline assistance, need to inform the wider organisation of the situation around them. With the previous system, volunteers needed to be connected to the NSW SES network in the headquarters to view critical geospatial data – and when they were out on a job, mapping features could only be described through manual communication methods,” said Elliott Simmons, NSW State Emergency Service GIS Manager.