Arrive Better Prepared to a Fire Emergency

May 22, 2019 by Dana Rasmussen

Arrive Better Prepared to a Fire Emergency

No response to a fire emergency is the same. That's why it's important for fire crews to have access to vital information in transit to the scene.

What makes information sharing difficult between fire crew members is that they don't always arrive in the same vehicle to the same incident.

Crew members, battalion chiefs, investigators, and volunteer firefighters might all arrive at different times. While this doesn't impact the response to the public – first responders always work to respond as quickly and safely as possible no matter what the situation – it does impact the preparedness and safety of fire crews.

Traditionally, crews rely on radio communication about an emergency situation. Many fire engines are equipped with mobile data terminals (MDTs), which provide some members of the crew with vital information, but this information isn't readily available for all fire responders.

For instance, battalion chiefs, investigators, and even volunteer firefighters may arrive to an emergency without knowing vital information such as known hazards at the location, Google street views of the area, contact information for the building owner, gate or lock box codes, and pre-plans.

However, with a fire mobility app, all responders to an emergency can instantly access role-based and real-time data as it's needed. That means crew members suited up and in transit to the scene can easily use a mobile phone or tablet to know as much information as dispatch knows about the emergency. This helps all fire responders arrive on the scene better prepared.

When fire crews have access to mobility apps, communities benefit from better responses.

Watch: What Is Public Safety Mobility?

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