[Tagging] What values of 'emergency=' should be on the main Map features page?

Graeme Fitzpatrick graemefitz1 at gmail.com
Sat Jan 18 23:38:46 UTC 2020

As others have said, emergency=landing_sites are different to helipads, as
per the ongoing discussion re airstrip / airfield / aerodrome. In
Australia, we have just finished mapping ~700 of then throughout New South
Wales in connection with the current bushfires (which I'm sure you've all
heard about :-(), & are looking at doing the same for other states, to show
spots that choppers can land if needed.

With regard to =mountain_rescue. As was mentioned earlier, there may only
be a few of them mapped, but in those areas they are vital! I know there
also used to be a listing for emergency=ses_station for the Australian
State Emergency Service bases, but that appears to have been removed at
some stage?

On the discussion page for it
https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Talk:Tag:emergency%3Dses_station, it
was thought that the name was too country specific, & the suggestion was
made to possibly rename these to =land_rescue_station, similar to the
existing =water_rescue_station
" There is an existing tag for emergency
<https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:emergency%3Dwater_rescue_station> and
given the diverse nature of at least the Australian SES, I'd suggest a
renaming to emergency <https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:emergency>=
it would be easy to verify on the ground. It would also resolve confusion
in mapping marine SES units to the water_rescue_station rather than
SES_station which spans both. So the land_rescue here means a rescue
service where the main mode of transport of the responders involved is a
motor vehicle, bicycle or on foot. Alex Sims
<https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/User:Alex_Sims> (talk
<https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/User_talk:Alex_Sims>) 04:46, 20 May
2019 (UTC)"

There would seem to be possible grounds for a new tag of
emergency=rescue_station, broken down into what type of rescue that station
carries out:
eg type (that word that everybody loves!) / field / area / rescue=water
(swimmers) / land / mountain / marine (boats) / etc

emergency=rescue_station + rescue=marine + operator=Marine Rescue
Queensland + name=Marine Rescue Currumbin

Lifeguards could then come under the same classification using water rescue

emergency=rescue_station + rescue=water + operator=Surf Life Saving
Queensland + name=Palm Beach SLSC

emergency=rescue_station + rescue=water + operator=Gold Coast City Council
Lifeguard Service + name=Lifeguard Tower 14




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