The purpose of the user groups & workshops is to establish a community of emergency responders that are already working with GIS or interested in starting an initiative in their agency. Through the workshops, we are able to provide the public safety community with an educational opportunity combined with a peer-to-peer dialogue forum to exchange ideas and experience. The current user group workshops are available in the following regions:
- Northeast (New York, New Jersey)
- Pacific Northwest (Washington & Oregon)
- South/Mid Atlantic (Greensboro, NC)
- Florida (Orlando, FL)
- Southern California (Orange, Los Angeles, & San Diego Counties)
- Mountain Region (Colorado)
- Northern Midwest (Ohio, Illinois, Michigan)
- Central Midwest (Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska)
- Mid-Atlantic (Maryland, Virginia, District of Columbia)
See link below for a PDF Version of the Final Report on the 2009 Fire/EMS GIS User Group Workshops.
In 2010, NAPSG Foundation held workshops in all 10 regions across the United States and delivered training in 6 regions. Since we can only offer regional workshops in each location one time per year, the leadership teams are encouraged to continue communications with the user group members throughout the year.
Visit the Events section of our site to learn about upcoming opportunities in your area.
If a group is currently not available in your region and you are interested in getting one set-up for 2011, please contact Rebecca Harned at
History of Regional Groups
In the Winter of 2009, NAPSG Foundation partnered with ESRI to launch 6 Fire/EMS GIS User Groups through a workshop series in different regions of the United Sates. And in Spring of 2010 we launched interdisciplinary Public Safety GIS User Group Workshops in several regions. So far, NAPSG has reached over 1,100 public safety & GIS practitioners from more than 25 different states through the regional groups. Check out the 2009 Annual Report on the Fire/EMS Regional Groups for more on this history.