C-COM presents the
Fire and Rescue - England:
In what it believes is
the first purchase of its kind in the UK, Gloucestershire Fire and
Rescue are equipping their state of the art mobile incident command
vehicle with an array of data communications technology that will
give the vehicle secure broadband data connection via Satellite to
any information and computer application held on their main
computers at the new tri-service Fire, Police and Ambulance control
center in Quedgley, Gloucestershire.
Within minutes of arriving at its designated destination an onboard
operator simply presses a few keys on a keyboard and a motorized
74cm dish automatically raises, locates and locks on to the
appropriate satellite and establishes a broadband data link. At the
same time an VPN (Virtual Private Network) device creates a totally
secure two way data link which fulfils the company s objective of
providing information where you are no matter where your office is.
Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Chief Fire Officer Peter Jones
enthusiastically spoke of the potentially life saving benefits this
technology would bring. We are delighted to enter into a partnership
with a Gloucestershire based company with a product that has our
full support and will add to firefighter and public safety.
Our mobile command unit is on call to be deployed at major incidents
to co ordinate the safe and efficient multi agency responses
required to deal with large scale emergencies as effectively as
possible. With this technology on board we have the equivalent of
transferring our headquarters systems, applications and information
to anywhere we are required, to enable our Officers to make informed
decisions with real time, fast and relevant information such as our
plans and risk files without relying on fixed line telephone
communications. Decisions and actions will always be enhanced with
the benefit of complete information and that is what iNetVu enables
us to do.
As well as the potential operational benefits that can be achieved,
this equipment will help us deliver our Community Fire Safety
message to areas that we have been unable to reach with existing
technology. It will provide us with the immediate ability to educate
and support young people in a number of ways that aim to improve
their self esteem and reduce the incidents of arson. It also
demonstrates the many benefits that Satellite Broadband
communications brings and is a clear indication of our commitment to
the e-government program.
Soon ... - Ontario Emergency Response Vehicle:
U.S. and Canadian firefighters and land managers are using
satellite data from both NASA and the European Space Agency to
combat wildfires raging in the North American continent's Northwest
emergency management organizations worldwide have defined a need for
real-time communications between command centres, field personnel
and equipment such as helicopters, vehicles and heavy equipment.
Existing and newly emerging space-based technologies such as
satellite positioning systems, satellite communications and earth
observation could satisfy many of today's emergency management
requirements. However, a gap currently exists between these
technologies and their operational use. To address this need, the
European Space Agency initiated the REMSAT (Real-time Emergency
Management via Satellite) Activity. The objective of the REMSAT
activity is to demonstrate the use of real-time satellite
communications, localization, earth observation and meteorology
services in emergency situations.
Earlier in the month, REMSAT, an ESA-supported satellite ground
station that supplies up-to-the-minute fire mapping and logistics
support, was a vital part of the Canadian firefighters' arsenal as
they fought blazes in British Columbia.
REMSAT was deployed to aid 180 firefighters battling two
'project fires' - those that require a full incident management
team, with logistical and administrative support, camp facilities
for crews and much more.
diagram provides an overview of the baseline REMSAT configuration.
A multiple-component satellite system is employed to provide
via a navigation satellite, messaging via a LEO (Low Earth
and low/high data rates, voice and video using geo-stationar
y telecommunications satellite.
The REMSAT system is housed in a container, carried by a truck or
large helicopter to within sniffing distance of a fire, deploying a
1.2 m satellite dish aerial, which has a 2 Mb receiving data rate
(96 Kb transmitting rate) communicating through the ANIKE-1
"We had no access to any type of non-satellite
based telephone service," explains Steve Newton, Manager of the
Lillooet Fire Zone for Canada's Kamloops Fire Centre. "FM
Radio for the area also had severe limitations and had to be
supplemented with local temporary repeaters set up exclusively for
this project. The Sullivan Creek fire was approximately 725
hectares, caused by lightning. The Game Creek fire covered about 412
hectares and the suspected cause is from industrial
"The fires were both located in extremely
rugged and steep terrain, and most of the area within and around the
fire perimeters was only accessible by helicopter," Newton
said. "As if that wasn't enough," he continued,
"the valley where the fires were situated is also used for the
relocation of grizzly bears who are causing problems with
Intermediate Mobile Terminal setup at Abbotsford, Canada for proof
of concept exercises.
Despite getting a little burned during its trial by fire,
Canada's REMSAT proved its self on the frontlines. The REMSAT system
provided telephone and fax support functions for the Incident
Management Team. Reliable communications are critical to managing
any emergency incident, especially to the administrative, planning,
logistical, and line operations functions.
High speed internet access provided by the REMSAT system proved
invaluable to the Incident Commander, as well as the Fire Behavior
Specialist because they were able to access several online weather
sites containing such tools as near real-time satellite imagery, 500
millibar charts and long range forecasting models. E-mail with
digital photo attachments was used to keep senior managers regularly
updated on daily activities.
"Information management in forest fire and other emergency
incident types will not be the same in British Columbia after this
summer," Newton said. "This REMSAT system definitely
filled an operational void that has existed for far too long."
Soon ... - Ontario Emergency Response Vehicle:
Fire College - Gravenhurst Ontario:
In operation since 1949, the Ontario
Fire College's primary responsibility is to develop and deliver
academically sound educational/training programs to meet the needs
of both today's and tomorrow's fire service. The main objective of
the Ontario Fire College programs and courses is to assist all
firefighters to become the best-trained and most professional
firefighters in the province.
The Ontario Fire College continues to implement strategic
initiatives to make high quality education and training accessible
and available to fire service personnel. The Firefighter Curriculum,
available to all municipal fire departments, is presently being
updated in accordance with the recent revision of the Ontario
Firefighter Standards. Associate Instructor pilot projects,
agreements with other post-secondary educational institutions,
off-campus delivery of OFC courses, extended use of OFC facilities,
and increased numbers of course offerings are examples of these
initiatives. In addition, partnerships with a growing number of fire
service organizations, associations, colleges and universities are
helping to meet the ongoing demand for fire service career-path
education and training opportunities. On-campus initiatives such as
improvements to the classroom and the training ground environments,
and the acquisition of state-of-the-art equipment and training aids
continue to enhance learning opportunities. The 15-station computer
lab, located on the second floor of the residence building,
complements the services of the Resource Centre in affording
student-learners ready access to research-oriented learning.
The need for a Mobile Command
Center is significant due to the types of emergencies, which fire
departments and law enforcement must prepare in today's world. These
types of incidents require a new level of event management
capabilities, including those that can be dispatched immediately.
The Mobile Command Center enables fire officials to orchestrate an
emergency response while remaining in a designated location with
access to the latest information and technology via state-of-the-art
computers, telephones, satellite and Internet access, emergency
plans, floor plans and maps. In times of natural disaster, or
catastrophic events, the need for accessible, sophisticated
communication systems and technology is essential.
The Ontario Fire College will be truly on the leading edge of fire
departments around the world that are starting to employ data
communications technologies to improve their services. iNetVu
system puts real-time data at a firefighter's fingertips at the
scene where information is
most critical. We are happy to help the firefighters of Ontario Fire
Department as they do their important work.
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