NEW TNMCorps Mapping Challenge for Fire Stations in MS!

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TNMCorps mapping challenges transition to the Gulf Coast with another challenge for fire stations in Mississippi! This is an excellent challenge for new volunteers or Standard Editors with many unedited (i.e., red) points that need to be confirmed.

As you can see from the map, this challenge has a good amount of seed data.

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: Fire Stations in MS

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Not sure what each point color means?   

These colors are part of our tiered editing process and signal to other editors that a point has passed through the upper tiers and does not need to be edited again.  Our November 2018 newsletter has an article titled Editor Roles and Point Colors that describes this process further. 

TNMCorps Point Border Colors

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Tips and Tricks for this challenge:  

A fire station is a building that houses fire response equipment and to which fire personnel report before being dispatched into the community.  Note that this does not include structures used solely for administrative, training, and/or storage purposes.  If you encounter a point representing any of these features that we are not collecting, please document your findings in the ‘Comment’ field and delete the point. 

 

Possible Sources 

  1. Remember to find an authoritative source for each entity before updating points. 
  2. Fire departments operated by government agencies are often listed on the agency’s website under ‘Departments.’  
  3. Smaller and/or volunteer departments may also use Facebook or other social media platforms to create their own website.   
  4. Exercise caution when using information from secondary, aggregate sources that the fire station did not create (e.g., firedepartment.net).  Information on these sources is often outdated or inaccurate.   
    • If you must rely on a secondary source, cross-reference it with multiple sources.  

 

Naming Convention 

  1. When naming fire stations, use the name that the station identifies with. This can be found on the station’s website or roadside signage.  
    • If a station uses multiple variants of a name, use the one most frequently referenced. 
    • Another best practice is to use the name as it is presented with their address on the station’s “Contact Us” page.   
  2. Some fire departments use station numbers while others do not. 
    • Only include a station number if the station identifies with it (i.e., it is listed on their website or roadside signage). 
    • Do not add station numbers that are listed only on secondary or aggregate websites.   
  3. A common naming convention is <Fire Department Name> followed by a <Station Name> or a <Station Number>.   The <Fire Department Name> is almost always present while the <Station Name> or <Station Number> are only sometimes present.  
    • The <Fire Department Name> is often separated from the <Station Name> or <Station Number> with a hyphen. Hyphens are technically considered special characters; however, hyphens are acceptable as long as there is a space on each side of it. 
  4. EXAMPLES:  
    1. Saint Bernard Fire Department 
    2. South Metro Fire Rescue Authority – Station 11 
    3. Los Angeles Fire Department – Station 2 
    4. Fairfax County Fire and Rescue – Station 1 McLean 
    5. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue – Station 3 Tropical Park 
  5. See our Name and Address Formatting Guide for additional tips on naming.  

 

Proper Point Placement 

  1. If a point is in the wrong location, do not delete and recreate the point. Instead, click and drag it to the correct building.  
  2. Our January 2018 newsletter includes an article on aerial interpretation for fire stations. This article walks you through the process of using aerial imagery to find the correct building on which to place a point. 

 

If you have any questions during the mapping process, reach out to us at nationalmapcorps@usgs.gov and someone will be happy to assist!  Thank you for all that you do, and happy mapping!