03/06/11 175 W, 2 I - + 9 - 3 Fire Maps From IMaps

As noted in the discussion of Cary Fire Station 8, the Wake County iMaps application allows viewing of digital maps showing fire station and fire department response areas as added map layers. Below are two created this morning and with custom "greyed out" fire stations, to differentiate Raleigh/non-Raleigh and county/non-Raleigh/non-Cary. Click once or twice to enlarge:

Raleigh Fire Department Station Response Areas

Wake County Fire Response Areas + Fire Insurance Districts

Here's how we made them:

  1. Opened the iMaps application.
  2. Clicked Basic in the Street/Aerial/Blend dialog box at the top right of the screen.
  3. Clicked Show Additional Layers on Map in right-side pane.
  4. Selected the corresponding Public Safety options.
  5. Magnified the map to 1" = 6400'.
  6. Exported a JPEG view of each map section by clicking the Printer icon at the top of the screen.
  7. Used PhotoShop Elements to stitch the images together, using Photomerge mode.
  8. Used PhotoShop to create "greyed out" fire station icon to differentiate Raleigh/non-Raleigh and county/non-Raleigh/non-Cary.

To the uninitiated (IE, me) this looks like there’s bunch of big white ‘uncovered’ bits on the Raleigh map. For example (and most interesting to me because I used to live there) is the Litchford Road area of station 15’s response area; comparing the 2 maps side by side it looks like I should expect Falls to come inside the 540 just to service a few sub-divisions? Likewise with stations 18 & 23. I’m assuming the reason is just simply that this is the way it panned out as the city expanded, but (if that’s true) it seems pretty silly that someone can’t also re-align the response areas at the same time.
Paul - 03/06/11 - 12:04

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