Jim Kniss was an early adopter of electronic mapping starting at
Ventura County Public Works in 1980. In the early 1990’s, he was part of
an intimate team converting digital data into geographical information
systems (GIS, ESRI). In 1995, Jim became the manager of the Mapping
Division for the Ventura County Fire Department. A major accomplishment
during his tenure was developing the first incident mapping application
that is used nationwide by emergency services. Jim is a qualified
instructor focusing on public safety issues and concerns.
In 2008, Veteran’s Emergency Technical Services (V.E.T.S.) was created
which provides infrared hot spot analysis during wildfire operations.
V.E.T.S. now has expanded into the cutting-edge industry of aerial
photography and mapping using drones.