CSX Transportation and Angelo Marino, GIS Manager for Nashua, N.H, are recipients of the 2016 Award for Excellence in Public Safety GIS. The awards were presented at a special reception during the National Alliance for Public Safety GIS (NAPSG) Foundation's annual National Geospatial Preparedness Summit on Sept. 13, in Washington, D.C.
"The NAPSG Foundation is grateful for the opportunity to recognize and showcase truly amazing leadership efforts in public safety GIS," says Rand Napoli, board chairman of the NAPSG Foundation. "The nominations we received for CSX Transportation and for Mr. Marino highlighted how each has made a difference for the community and is helping advance the field of GIS in public safety. Both of the award recipients this year deserve recognition for their commitment to public safety and their efforts in GIS."
The NAPSG Foundation receives nominations for award recipients each year and the board of directors votes on awards in three categories: local, state and national/federal.
CSX Transportation was nominated by Battalion Chief Dave Hartman of the Charlottesville, Va., Fire Department for development of the CSX Rail Respond application. CSX Rail Respond provides firefighters, police officers and other emergency responders with easy mobile access to critical information about what is traveling on CSX rails. According to Hartman, the application is a dream come true for incident commanders.
"The success of CSX's Rail Respond mobile application is thanks to a collaborative effort between CSX and our emergency first response partners that incorporated their feedback and usage needs into the development of this tool, and it's clear that the future success of this and similar systems is founded on our ability to continue working with those partners and listening to their feedback," says Skip Elliott, CSX vice president of public safety, health and environment
Marino was nominated by Justin Kates, director of emergency management in Nashua.
"When the City started a GIS program, Angelo stepped up to the plate to lead the initiative. While many city departments have adopted GIS in daily operations, Angelo has taken a special role in helping to frame useful applications of GIS for the public safety agencies within the City," Kates says.
One such application developed through the partnership is Nashua's common operating picture.
"With the cooperation and assistance of the Emergency Management Department we have been able to create a common operating picture that helps all city departments increase the safety of our residents," Marino says.
Since deployed, the City's common operating picture has been utilized in five presidentially declared disasters.
The second annual National Geospatial Preparedness Summit brought together more than 150 of the nation's public safety leaders and geographic information systems (GIS) professionals to collaborate on the use of geospatial technologies to enhance preparedness. The summit was co-hosted by the NAPSG Foundation and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in coordination with the National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC), the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), the Police Foundation, the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) and the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO).
About NAPSG Foundation
The National Alliance for Public Safety GIS (NAPSG) Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting the public safety and homeland security community in advancing the use of geospatial technology for enhanced community resiliency. The mission is achieved through nationwide regional coordination led by local and state public safety leaders supporting all of NAPSG's core program areas: education and training, tools and guidance, exercises, and technical assistance.