Emergency Services Systems
DoIT supports a litany of information systems used by the Department of Emergency Services, including the Fire and Emergency Medical Computer Assisted Dispatch system, the Medical Priorities system, the Dictaphone system for recording E911 calls, the Hospital Diversion system, the EMT Credential system, NIMI system, and Sunpro RMS.
GIS staff will continue to allocate significant resources to maintain and develop all geographic databases in the CAD system, as well as translate data between the county’s central ARC/INFO format and the CAD’s IPS format. Maintenance and support of critical systems such as CAD, Medical Priorities (the medical assistance), E911 and Hospital Diversion are essential to ensure high availability and performance. Regular maintenance of the CAD map also guarantees that accurate information is given to the Fire and EMS community during emergencies.
The Medical Priorities system requires a yearly upgrade that includes improved subject content. This system is used by dispatchers to assist callers with basic medical care for victims when help arrives. All information is kept current in order to provide optimal assistance. Currently, the county does not charge local agencies for dispatch services provided by DES. Municipalities in Westchester are enjoying a significant cost benefit, as they do not have to pay for personnel and systems to dispatch at the local level.
Emergency Services EOC Automation
As a result of the Indian Point drills, the County Executive has asked DoIT to develop a system for Emergency and Disaster Services. This will include the expanded use of GIS data and software. GIS staff will expand a number of data development efforts for the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) associated with the Indian Point emergency evacuation plan.
GIS staff will also continue to critique and review GIS/mapping software programs designed specifically for emergency response agencies. Such programs, which would require considerable database development work, would support not only Indian Point emergencies, but natural disasters such as floods, snowstorms, and hurricanes, as well as hazardous waste spills and terrorism. Linkages to relevant state and federal emergency response sites will be established.
DoIT supports a number of systems used by the Correction Department. The Jail Management system, which continues to require data integrity maintenance, is probably the most significant.
Interfaces and reports done for Correction assist in data exchange with local, state and federal agencies, improving the safety of crime victims and the entire community.
Crime Stats Application
Public safety is looking to use their criminal data to more thoroughly analyze crime patterns.
This application would make better use of the data we already collect to assist the Department of Public Safety. The goal here is improved public safety through better data analysis.
Jail Release Notification System
Because of this new system, a growing number of local police agencies are now automatically notified when inmates are released back into local communities.
Juvenile Case Management
This automated system tracks data regarding juveniles in crisis and the efforts made to divert these juveniles from further court involvement. Generated from this system are reports from Probation required by the court as well as reports that help manage the program.