"Sorry, GIS is "Geographic Information System" and generally refers to software but many local governments have a group by that name as well. It is sometimes within the Planning Department or Assessor's Office. Some…"
"Check with your local government to see if they have a GIS group to help you. They can automate the process for you and provide custom layers to the map. Most GIS software applications can even produce a map book automatically.…"
"You could check to see if your county has a GIS department (our is a part of the auditors Department). They should have some very good maps and can customize them to your needs. Our maps show street names, street numbers by block, and hydrant…"
"When we did our street indexs we listed driving directions from our station to each road in the township. House numbers were listed with certain streets due to different ways to access them. At the end of the directions were the nearest house number…"
"First off, don't reinvent the wheel here. Just accessing existing utility company maps is a good start. You need water to do your job, and having a complete understanding of your district is paramount to complete your departments mission. So…"
"In our area we have large notebooks we use for mapbooks with plastic pages so pages can be slid in and out, for our area and separtate books for other station's area we are dispatched to. If any changes come up we just pull out a page and…"
"When I did my personal map pack for my old department they way I laid it out was I wrote the street name and the running route we would take from the department to get there. Also make side notes of hydrant locations and any other pertinent…"
I am about to embark on creating map packs for my department. Its a 42 square mile district with not many roads. I was curious what new ideas are out there to get the most out of the pack, and also how are some ways to go about doing so; like obtaining detailed maps, road names, and such. Any ideas will be useful.See More
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