Overview

Our ideal GIS Analyst documents, coordinates, plans, installs, implements, tests, and
maintains databases and applications related to Poudre Fire Authority’s Geographic Information System.
This includes spatial analysis, data entry, object manipulation, integration from other platforms and
applications, and output production of digital printed maps and mobile map services used in front line fire
apparatus.

The GIS Analyst requires the knowledge and application of a body of GIS theories and principles. This
individual will perform technical level work related to creating, maintaining, displaying, and the GIS used
in the Computer-Aided Dispatch (CAD) system for the purpose of production of updated electronic and
hardcopy maps.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: The following duties and responsibilities are illustrative of the
primary functions of this position and are not intended to be all-inclusive.

  • Knowledge of and adherence to PFA Core Values, Mission & Vision.
  • Assist fire service Accreditation including Standards of Cover (SOC) studies and analysis.
  • Work with our mapping manager to meet the needs of first responders. Our mapping manager is
    the liaison between GIS and Operations.
  • Provide exceptional, responsive and visionary customer service.
  • Works independently and with other team members to maintain complex data systems.
  • Remains up-to-date with changes in user and system software and hardware requirements.
    Develop technical platform specifications and budgetary projections to support long-term priorities
    and goals as they relate to the GIS needs of the Poudre Fire Authority.
  • Performs project management and oversight for the implementation of specialized mapping
    programs and applications.
  • Creates maps displaying statistical data from fire department databases and extracts statistical
    and other GIS data for specific areas used for department decision making, future fire department
    planning and grants.
  • Trains and educates users on a variety of applications, products, and services.
  • Coordinates regularly with managers, users, and advisory committees regarding GIS
    applications.
  • Provide needed support in this high-availability (24/7) emergency services environment.
  • Responds to the needs and questions of all users.
  • Coordinates and participates in projects with the City of Fort Collins, Platte River Power Authority,
    Colorado State University, Verizon Wireless, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA),
    Larimer Emergency Telephone Authority (LETA 911), Larimer County (Sheriff’s Office), and the
    Colorado Civil Support Team (CST).
  • Responsible for responding to after-hours system problems.
  • May consult with other agencies on the development and use of system applications.
  • Participates in IT/GIS team meetings and oversees the work of assigned staff.
  • Develops, documents and implements policies and procedures for GIS applications.
  • Use of complex drafting and drawing applications to implement and maintain a comprehensive
    geographic information system, which includes updating the base map layers and additional data
    layers.
  • Develop GIS software tools to automate routine tasks to be completed more efficiently.
  • Provide consultation and technical support on map feature detail, installation of map files to the
    mobile data terminals and tablets, and assist with development of cartographic products for fire
    operations and administration.
  • Interact with other agencies to obtain and share data, and to ensure the data and software meets
    PFA needs and standards.
  • Implement updates of new streets, business complexes, multi-unit housing, and other data from
    multiple sources in a timely manner.
  • Assemble, organize, and digitize information into the appropriate GIS database by using multiple
    software applications and platforms.
  • Develop documentation for all work performed including quality control procedures.
  • Other duties as assigned.

 

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About Poudre Fire Authority

PFA protects about 206,000 people and more than $29 billion worth of property (as of 2018) within its 235-square-mile service area, which encompasses the City of Fort Collins and the Poudre Valley Fire Protection District (PVFPD). The PVFPD includes the Town of Timnath, the communities of Laporte and Bellvue, Horsetooth Reservoir and Redstone Canyon, and other areas within unincorporated Larimer and Weld counties.