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Introduction to Geographic Intelligence for Fire and Emergency Services M0589

Enrollment in mediated courses is currently on hold. This is an NFA Online mediated course taught by an instructor with multiple students. Lessons, activities and communication are taught asynchronously through NFA Online, allowing students to complete course work on their own time. Assignment completions have assigned timeframes and all course participants are expected to connect with each other and the instructor two or more times per week.
Curriculum: Planning & Information Management
Training Specialist

Dave Donohue

Delivery type
Continuing education units
ACE recommendation
In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 2 semester hours in fire science or emergency services.

Enrollment in mediated courses is currently on hold. This five-week course provides introductory level information about geographic intelligence and geographic information systems (GIS). Participants learn about the various tools and strategies to obtain geographical intelligence for enhanced emergency planning and response, including United States National Grid (USNG) coordinates, GIS data types, and using the ArcGIS Online tool to create features and attributes, join information, create data and queries, run a map overlay and analyze the geographic data.

During the course, participants will explore modules that include:

  • Geographic Information Systems.
  • Data Collection and Map Creation.
  • Querying Data and Graphic Presentation.
  • Decision-Making in Response and Mitigation.
  • Decision-Making in Recovery.

In the final project, participants will be able to apply the knowledge obtained throughout these modules to collect and analyze the geographic information from their own jurisdiction.

Selection criteria

This course is relevant to any emergency services and support personnel.


Incident Command System (ICS)-100-level and ICS-200-level training. Preferred courses are Q0462 and Q0463, available through NFA Online.

Participants will complete a pre-course module prior to the start of the course, so they understand how to read USNG coordinates and can begin thinking about the geographic information in their own jurisdiction.

Post-course requirements