Canowindra Fire Station firefighters have received a boost, with new technology that will allow them to easily access critical information when responding to emergencies. New mobile data terminals have been installed in the station’s fire trucks, which provide vital information at the touch of a button. The devices feature hydrant and drainage maps, satellite navigation, weather information, operational guidance and chemical information.
Previously firefighters had to access this type of information through hard copy manuals and other means but the mobile terminals have centralised this data. The devices are also directly linked to the FRNSW computer aided dispatch system, allowing firefighters to see, in real time, which other resources are on the way to assist.
Canowindra Station Commander Bill Paul said the mobile terminals provide better information to firefighters responding to the scene of an accident. “When our firefighters respond to emergencies, having access to critical and current information is vital to ensure the incident is managed as safely and effectively as possible,” Mr Paul said.
Mr Paul said the people of Canowindra should now feel safer than ever, knowing their local firefighters have access to state of the art equipment and a world class service. “In the last 12 months our firefighters in Canowindra have responded to 62 incidents, so these new mobile data terminals are a welcome tool for our firefighters. They will help them continue on with their terrific work.”
“The amount of information required to successfully manage an incident is considerable and these data terminals give firefighters a one stop shop for all of the information they need to manage that incident.”