RAM Vision Map Tools extends the functionality of the RAM Vision Zone map. The opening screen looks similar, but now there are many more tools to use.
It all begins by opening a map....
Again the initial altitude is 15 miles but that can be changed by using the Zoom Control at the bottom of the screen. Clicking the black triangles will increment-decrement the altitude by one mile. Clicking in the white areas adjacent to the slider will change the view by five miles. Right clicking your mouse anywhere on the map will center the map on that location.
After the map is open, you can choose to use any of the RAM Vision tools:
||Opens an individual fire station map or a district map|
||Plots incidents on the map from a Fire District Spread Sheet |
||Generates Excel Charts by call out time (hour of day, day of week, day of month)|
||Draws a region around an address and counts the incidents in that region|
||Draws up to three zones around an address color coding these zones (Green, Yellow, Red)|
||Other RAM Vision tools, including calculation of missed times on incident response|
First Fire District data is entered in to a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet.
The spreadsheet must contain at minimum the data in first four columns, but to use other tools the data in the other columns are needed. The meaning of the data is completely at the discretion of the district. Most common data is the call out data, but locating homes of volunteers and employees is also frequently plotted.
The Plot tool reads data from a fire district spread sheet and Plots that data on top of the map. Any data can be plotted, but often used is incident data (Fire, Vehicle, Aid calls). An example of fire data plotted with black arrows.
The Remove Data item under the Plot menu item will remove all data from the map.
The Chart FD Callout Times tool will produce a chart of call outs by Time of Day, Day of Week and Day of Month. The program uses the same Excel spreadsheet that was shown above) .
Region tool has many purposes in planning; like looking at the effect of a location of a new station or in outlining a neighborhood for a public presentation. You input a central address and drive time.
After the Region is defined, it produces the following:
The Region is shown as a Thick Blue line. In this example, 39 points (fire incidents) were in the selected Region.
Zones are useful in planning new fire stations. The Zones tool lets you define up to 3 zones about a central point (e.g., proposed new fire station).
This will produce a series of colored zones centered about the address entered.
Missed Times is a useful tool to compare the calculated drive time with the actual drive time. The Missed Times tool is located under the Tools menu.
While there are often good reasons for the differences (weather, road conditions, etc.), it gives districts an opportunity to monitor changes and take appropriate actions. (Missed calls are show as Black Arrows in this example.)
Revised June 5, 2007