The Southwestern New Hampshire District Fire Mutual Aid and Symposium will be holding 2 informational meetings in February. The first meeting will be at the Keene Fire Station on February 13 at 1900 hours and the second meeting will be held at the Newbrook Fire Station in Newfane VT on February 14 at 1900 hours. Both meetings will be held to provide information about the Fire Act Grant Cad program for the dispatch center and the Firehouse Software for the entire sytem. Both meeting will provide the same information and every town should plan to have the Chief or their designee present at one of the meetings. We also encourage you to invite your Selectmen or town managers so they can better understand the new reporting system and what the costs associated with it will be. A GIS Data release form has been sent out to every NH town and we hope that you can get it back to the dispatch center ASAP.
Archive for January, 2008
The Southwestern New Hampshire District Fire Mutual Aid System is pleased to announce that we have been chosen to receive a Fire Act Grant to implement an automated Computer Aided Dispatch and Records Management System that will reduce the risk of injury or death to firefighters, emergency medical personnel and our citizens by providing up-to-date, accurate, and timely access to complete incident and resource information. In addition, by automating what is now an essentially manual operation, the system will greatly improve the quality of the dispatching services provided, and therefore enhance the ability of responders to deliver their aid in a more timely and effective manner. Further, the benefits of the system will be felt by citizens in all 78 of the member communities as they receive emergency services more quickly, with more prepared responders who have the appropriate equipment on hand as they respond to incidents. On an even larger scale, the automation that is proposed will provide the ability for the 78 participating departments to automatically record, store, process and analyze their incident data, thus significantly enhancing their ability to provide more accurate and timely data to state and federal levels.
The CAD system will give dispatchers a real-time link to our 911 system, automatically creating incident records as it picks up the ANI-ALI feed, and will display caller ID data and a map of the incident location. Complete preplan information will be instantly available to the dispatchers including hazards, storage tanks, hydrant locations, water flow requirements, street closings, department SOGs, property drawings or photos and other external documents such as Hazardous Materials Guides and Emergency Medical Protocols.
The project will be provided by Symposium Technologies using Firehouse software.
Philip J. Tirrell, Sr.
SWNH District Fire Mutual Aid System