About the research
The Emergency Response Information System (ERIS) consists of GIS databases of local emergency response agency boundaries, their attributes and other useful information (crashes, census data , hospital info, hazmat response capabilities ?) for the state of Iowa. A pilot project involved the EMS, Fire districts and first responders (rescue) for over 20 Iowa Counties. ERIS is a planning and assessment tool. The project developed the ERIS Data Manager, an MS-Access based application to collect and manage information on ER capabilities, contact information, service description, personnel and buildings, availability, communications, vehicles, and equipment. The data and free GIS viewing software are distributed on a CD and through the project web site.