Request for Comments! Incident Symbology Priorities & Approach

We are pleased to release an Overview Document on the priorities and approach for addressing gaps in incident symbology in the third phase and beyond. This is an opportunity for public safety practitioners and GIS responders nationwide to review the Overview Document and provide substantive input on NAPSG’s current and future priorities for incident symbology and our overall approach.

30-Day Comment Period is Now Open! Provided below is the Overview Document and a comment form. Please provide any feedback and input for our consideration into the comment form provided. Send your completed comment form to by March 2, 2015.

We appreciate your time and expertise in providing valuable feedback and input that will strengthen our incident symbology effort and make it as effective as possible when used in the field!


Comment Form for Incident Symbology

Additional Background:
During the past five (5) years, NAPSG has been working to develop and promulgate an incident symbology framework, guideline and symbol set that supports and is consistent with the National Incident Management System (NIMS). Through this process, there have been numerous lessons learned that provide critical input into the third phase. In those prior phases, public safety stakeholders and GIS responders from across the United States came together as a part of the NAPSG Incident Symbology Working Group. Together, they examined and assessed several of the aforementioned symbology efforts with the goal of bringing together current standards and the most effective and widely used symbols into a single consistent guideline and symbol set. The results and products from the first and second phase efforts are available here.

The next critical step is to bring the strengths and lessons learned from disparate efforts together to define a strategy for harmonizing and filling the unmet needs and gaps in incident symbols. The third phase of this effort focuses on several priority areas that begin to address critical, unmet needs and gaps with incident level symbology. This Overview Document provides information about lessons learned from past efforts, core requirements that serve as the foundation of the guideline and symbol set, potential priority areas for the third phase, and a summary of the process that will be used. Another goal of this Overview Document is to solicit comments and ideas from public safety officials and GIS responders nationwide on key gaps and the overall approach. Together both will insure that the direction undertaken in this third phase is on target and addresses the highest priority symbology needs.