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GISS Introductory Class

The purpose of the GISS Introductory Class is twofold. First, to provide lectures, reference materials, workflows, and documentation for people interested in learning how to use GIS to support wildland fire response. Second, to provide initial course work for those students who are nominated to attend the S-341 Classroom Training. The GISS Introductory Class stands on its own and in many circumstances will be all that new and experienced GISS need to provide initial or refresher training in wildland fire incident support.  It may also serve as important basic training for a GISS Trainee who has not been able to, or doesn't have an agency requirement to, take S-341.

The GISS Introductory Class has six parts:
  • Incident Command System - Two FEMA classes that explain the Incident Command System (ICS) and the National Incident Management System (NIMS).
  • GIS Software Proficiency - A list of required and optional coursework in Esri's ArcMap and ArcGIS Pro to prepare students for the rest of the training material.
  • Unit 1 - GISS Position and GSTOP - Provide an overview of the GISS position and introduce the Geospatial Standard Operating Procedures on Incidents (GSTOP) the document that guides most GISS work.
  • Unit 2 - Using the Event Geodatabase and Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) tools - The Event geodatabase (GDB) is at the center of incident data storage. This unit will provide the information needed to effectively use this standard data storage format, discuss COTS tools to support incident data management, and present workflows to manage incident data.
  • Unit 3 - Incident Maps - Details the various map products for wildland fire incident support, provide examples of map products, and exercises in the creation of these map products.
  • Unit 4 - Digital Products, Backup, and Sharing - Describes tools and methods used to create and share digital products for wildland fire incident support.
Each Unit will have Lessons with Objectives, Instructional Materials, Presentations, and one or more Tests to determine understanding of the material. The Lessons can be reviewed at any time and used as reference during the S-341 Classroom Training or during incident response.

Students taking the GISS Introductory Class can request a completion certificate at this LINK once they successfully complete all lessons. A certificate will be provided with the score from the tests showing that the GIS Introductory class had been completed.

GISS Training Overview


Presentation:  GISS Training Overview

Keep these GISS Watchout Situations in mind as you begin working as a trainee.

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