Photos: Fighting fire with tablet technology

Photos: Fighting fire with tablet technology

Summary: Hampshire Fire and Rescue shows off its 21st-century IT...

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    Hampshire Fire and Rescue shows off its 21st-century IT...

    Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service is using wireless comms and tablet computing to better prepare firefighters for tackling blazes and other call-outs.

    Firefighters in the service use terminals to pinpoint the location of fires and other incidents, and to learn about potential hazards - such as gas cannisters near a blaze or information on a chemical that has been spilled.

    The ruggedised tablet PCs are mounted in the cabs of fire engines and information is relayed to them via a wireless connection, which pulls information from the fire service's back end and other systems.

    The firefighter seen here is using the mounted terminal to access the SAFEcommand system, provided by Astrium GEO-Information Services, which displays useful information, such as hazards at incident sites.

    Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service uses the SAFEcommand vehicle-mounted data system in all of its 130 fire engines.

    Photo: Astrium GEO-Information Services

  • Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service mapping software

    A close-up of a firefighter using mapping software on a mobile data terminal, which allows the crew to access information on the location of ongoing incidents.

    Photo: Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service

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