Monday October 25, 2004
Mobile Technology Enhances Firefighter Safety and Security
(NOTE: THIS IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM MOTOROLA)
SCHAUMBURG, Ill., Oct. 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Fire departments in Orland Park, Illinois and Brook Park, Ohio are the first to install Motorola’s Fireground Communications System, developed to enhance the safety and security of all emergency responders at an incident scene. \ The mobile communications system enables Incident Commanders to easily identify emergency responders on scene and automatically monitor their work or sector assignments. The system is also capable of identifying particular emergency responders who may be in distress by using information transmitted over portable two-way radios.
“Motorola’s Fireground System is a milestone for fire service in the areas of firefighter safety and response,” said Bryant Krizik, Orland Fire Battalion Chief. “With this system, the incident commander is able to electronically track firefighters working in an emergency scene, freeing up the commander to focus on tactics and other safety issues. This is clearly one piece of equipment that will directly save lives.”
The system’s evacuation feature allows the incident commander to wirelessly transmit an evacuation signal to radios on the scene, indicating the presence of immediate danger.
“The biggest concern for our department is the life safety of our personnel on the fireground,” said Inspector Pat Johnson, Brook Park Fire Department. “With the Fireground system, if the Incident Commander needs to evacuate personnel from a structure immediately, he can simultaneously send an evacuation tone to all the radios on the fireground. That saves time, and in this business, time is critical.”
The distress call feature also sends critical information quickly. With the push of a button, a distress call is activated by a firefighter and the call is sent to the Incident Commander’s terminal, setting off an alert, and providing information on who initiated the call, what crew the firefighter is assigned to, and what task is being performed.
“Our firefighters will not need to send a long, detailed message if they need help,” said Krizik. “If they’re trapped or running out of oxygen, if they become lost or disoriented, they just need to hit a button and it’s my job to find and assist them.”
FDonScene(TM) incident management software, developed by Fieldsoft, Inc., is also part of the package and includes an enhancement designed exclusively for use with Motorola’s Fireground Communications System. The enhanced version of FDonScene(TM) enables Incident Commanders to automatically monitor accountability information via emergency responder two-way radio, which enhances the efficiency of incident command’s job. The software also provides access to electronic images and floor plans, including street and hydrant locations and pre-fire building plans.
“The numerous books and binders we currently use will now be available electronically at the touch of a button,” said Krizik.
“Incorporating this information into a laptop is going to be immensely helpful to us. We are developing and revising our pre-plans of target areas in our city, as well as our standard operating procedures. This will further aid the Incident Commander with vehicle placement at the fire scene, locations of utility shut-offs, and other vital data,” added Johnson.
“The Fireground Communications System is the result of more than four years of research in the field, and a successful beta test with The City Of Tulsa Fire Department, asking firefighters, Incident Commanders and other emergency responders exactly what is needed to help them perform their jobs more safely and effectively,” said Milos Grcic, business manager, Motorola Incident Command Systems. “We will continue to work closely with the Orland Park and Brook Park fire departments as they adapt the benefits of this innovative technology to their specific needs.”
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Important Features of Motorola’s Fireground Communications System
— Identification: each responder’s radio reports firefighter’s
identification, which can be configured to display name or riding
— Accountability: different channel positions on the portable radio
correspond to different sector or division assignments. By changing
the channel selection, accountability information is electronically
transmitted to Incident Commander and is viewable on the mobile
command terminal, which also automatically logs all fireground
— Channel Announcement: audibly informs the emergency responder which
channel, sector or division assignment is selected on the radio.
— Emergency Button: activates an alarm on Incident Commander’s mobile
command terminal, identifying the particular individual in trouble.
— Power Down Notification: Incident Commander is informed when
firefighter turns off radio, and can relay the information to the
— Evacuation Feature: allows Incident Commander to wirelessly transmit
an evacuation signal to Fireground radios on the scene and monitor
— Polling Feature: Enables Incident Commander to check if portable
Fireground radios are still within coverage range and able to receive
— Battery Status Indicator: illustrates to the Incident Commander on the
mobile command terminal the battery strength of each responder’s
portable Fireground radio.
— Motorola XTS 5000(TM) portable radio: delivers voice communications
and provides critical information to enable the Incident Commander to
automatically monitor firefighter assignments from a command terminal.
— Incident Management software: FDonScene(TM) as developed by Fieldsoft,
Inc with exclusive enhancement for Motorola that enables command teams
to visually monitor the assignments and activities of emergency
responders as transmitted from Fireground radios; can be configured to
meet specific needs.
— Ruggedized Command Terminal: displays incident management software on
a laptop, PC or mobile data terminal.
— Digital RF modem: dedicated digital mobile radio used to monitor data
transmitted from firefighters’ radios and report status back to
— Portable repeater (optional): improves the RF coverage beyond that of
a portable radio.