Veterans Emergency Technical Services is a disabled-American, veteran-owned business.

Owner Jim Kniss is the principal technician. With over 36 years experience in the mapping, Geographical Information System (GIS) and infrared fields.

Jim was the GIS Analyst for the Ventura County Fire Protection District for over 15 years. During his tenure as well as developing the GIS department for the fire district he was instrumental in developing the national incident mapping program using GIS.  The Ventura Tools started it all! He has received awards from Cal Fire, USFS and ESRI related to his GIS work.

Client List

2009 – Statewide mapping showing all highway rest stops for a Caltrans transportation study

Dornbush Associates
2907 Claremont Ave., Suite 120
Berkeley, CA 94705

2012 – County wide detailed mapping for Ventura County Emergency Operations Center

Ventura County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services
800 S. Victoria Ave.
Ventura, Ca 93009

2014 – Hazard Mapping to support selected county wide emergency operations analysis

Howell Consulting
12820 Rimfire Dr.
Wilton, Ca 95693

2016 – Updating and development of new ranch maps to be used during wildfire operations in Ventura County

Central Ventura County Fire Safe Council
2977 Sexton Canton Rd.
Ventura, CA 93003