This discussion group is for the Fire Departments US (CSV Format) POI project file. Please report any coordinate/address corrections and or updates, closings, etc. Also, feel free to provide comments about the POI. You may also email any changes directly to the Project Lead (which currently is me).
Thanks for your help!
It would have been helpful to have put in the headers for the few columns. I could not ever use the info. I assumed the first two columns were lattitude and longitude, but using that assumption when I entered the data for the first record, Microsoft Streets and Trips mapped it in Antartica rather than Oklahoma. It would have been useful to strip out the extraneous data of things like and (from Fire Departments US POI) . It would have also been nice to strip the county out and put it in its own column.
CSV format will only allow four columns. Garmin used to require Column A to be Lon and Column to be Lat., and may have been changed, recently. That only leaves one column for address and one more for phone.
Wait for this POI to become available.
You'll never know how often I wshed I'd known the location of the nearest fire department was... Its not uncommon for my a$$ to be set on fire after saying something sarcastic to a beautiful woman!
POI Loader assumes a .csv file utilizes the following format for each POI (brackets [ ] denote optional text):
<Lon>,<Lat>,["]<Name>[@<Alert Speed>]["],["] [comment]["]
Longitude and latitude must appear in WGS84 decimal degrees format (ddd.ddddd; negative numbers indicate West and South).
If you include quotes around the name or comment, you can include line breaks in the text.
The following are examples of Custom POIs in the proper format:
-94.74240,38.81952,Heritage Park,Perfect site for a picnic
-94.76416,38.81227,Garmin,"1200 E. 151st Street
note that the speed is optional.
Note that quotes (") should surround anything that has a character that might be misunderstood - like the comma following "Olathe" in the last example.
So many people have 4 columns
4. All other info - usually address - sometime including phone number.
For a non-geocoded list of fire departments (27193) go here: https://apps.usfa.fema.gov/census-download/main/download
I see that this is your first post.
I looked at the site and it provides lots of information
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