The summit is a free opportunity for 
Decision Makers, 
First Responders, and 
Geospatial Professionals 
to learn about U.S National Grid (USNG) and how to use it as the nation's 
"language of location for emergency response" as adopted by:

Land Search and Rescue Addendum

CJCSI 3900.01D

Applying USNG for Decision Support in SAR Operations

U.S. National Grid Resources

Federal Cartographic Standard

Next Generation 9-1-1

Minnesota USNG Cartographic Standard

Wisconsin Coordinate Reference Systems

NFIRS 5.0 Complete Reference Guide

U.S. Fire Administration Coffee Break Training July 2015

U.S. Fire Administration Coffee Break Training September 2012

United States Thoroughfare, Landmark, and Postal Address Data Standard: Parts 2, 4, & 5


NFPA 950 - Standard for Data Development and Exchange for the Fire Service

NFPA 1670 - Standard on Operations and Training for Technical Search and Rescue Incidents

Board of Directors Policy Letter

Twin Cities GECCo Workshop AAR

 US Topo Product Standard

Free USNG Location Mobile App

U.S. National Grid Information Center

as well as other states and organizations...

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

New Student Union 
UW-La Crosse
1705 Badger St 
La Crosse, WI 54601 (Map)

Or, more precisely: 15T XJ 4238 5308


2 Different Tracks of Learning

  Emergency Services Sector Track Geospatial Professionals Track
 10:00 - 11:00 Introduction to USNG
(Combined class with Geospatial Professionals)
 Introduction to USNG
(Combined class with Emergency Services Sector)
 11:00 - 12:00 Using USNG in Emergency Response Break Out,
Part 1
 Making USNG Products for Responders Break Out,
Part 1
 12:00 - 13:00 Lunch Lunch
 13:00 - 14:00 Using USNG in Emergency Response Break Out,
Part 2
 Making USNG Products for Responders Break Out
Part 2
 14:00 - 15:00 Wrap Up and Open Discussion Forum
(Combined class with Geospatial Professionals)
 Wrap Up and Open Discussion Forum
(Combined class with Emergency Services Sector)

  • Fire Chief Jason Dolf - In addition to his Fire Service duties with the Waterloo, Iowa suburb of Raymond, Jason is a Certified Photogrammetrist and Flight Operations Coordinator for Aerial Services, Inc.  He operates and supervises field operations including flight planning, coordinating field crews, all data acquisition, and verifying acquired data. He has been performing these duties for over 18 years with Aerial Services. By blending together his perspectives from the Fire Service and mapping communities, Jason delivers a unique perspective on the "force multiplier" that is USNG.
  • Captain Rob Inouye - Rob is a 23 year veteran of Cedar Falls, Iowa, Fire Rescue and passionate cheerleader for the adoption and implementation of the USNG in Iowa. As a Public Information Officer with the state of Iowa's Incident Management Team, Captain Inouye speaks to the importance of the implementation across jurisdictions and disciplines a common "language of location."  He has taught numerous classes on USNG to responders in the Upper Midwest.
  • Randy Knippel - Randy is the GIS Manager of Dakota County, MN where he has worked since 1994. He has been involved in a variety of activities related to implementing U.S. National Grid on the local, state and national level. He serves on several committees for MetroGIS and MnGeo, including the Emergency Preparedness Committee. He has over 30 years of experience in geographic information science including cartography, photogrammetry, database design, programming, GIS analysis, and project management.
  • CAPT Steve Swazee, USN Ret. - Steve is the Executive Director of SharedGeo, a Minnesota nonprofit dedicated to development of geospatial technology for the public good.  He is a retired Navy Captain and Delta Air Lines 747 pilot who chairs the Emergency Preparedness Committee (EPC) of the Minnesota Geospatial Advisory Council.  During hurricanes KatrinaOpheliaRita and Wilma, he was recalled to active duty to serve as the senior Department of Defense (DoD) Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officer at the Pentagon.  A native of Wausau, WI, he is a 1976 graduate of the University of Wisconsin - Madison and avid proponent of USNG.


Registration is free, but required because seating is limited.  To register, please use the red register button below to go to the registration website.

When there, use the green       REGISTER       button to select the correct ticket.

Other Details
  • Parking
    • Federal, state and local emergency vehicles can park for free.  All others must pay a $5.00 parking fee.
    • To pay in advance, use this link.
    • To pay on the day of the event, visit the parking office at 608 N 17th Street, La Crosse, WI - map.
  • Lunch Break
    • Participants will need to bring or purchase their own lunch.  
    • Modest priced options for the lunch hour include the in-building Student Union food court, and off campus eating establishments within walking distance (a map will be provided on check-in).
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