Responding to the Fires of London

thegraphisdead

Joined December 2016

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In short: Each circle is one incident; the whiter the color the quicker the response time to that exact position.

The average responder times for the London Fire Brigade. The darker the color the longer the time, the hue shows the difference between the arrival times for first and second fire engines. Where New York might be synonymous with the yellow cab, London is inevitably associated with the Great Fire of London of 1666. This image has larger over-lapping points to give an idea of the general response times, but maintain the scale and features of the London landscape. As a result it is clear where the locations of the fire stations in London are, despite this being absent in the data itself. Having small discrete points in this case is meaningless as the response time will likely be similar to the next street along and (fortunately) the incidents are not so numerous to gain any information on a smaller scale. The area-of-effect of the data is key here. The resulting image shows much more than discrete data points and fixing the red channel gives it a clear impression of fire, as though we are looking at the glowing embers of London.

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