Fire­fight­ers get new life-sav­ing equip­ment

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Front Page - By MATTHEW REVILLE

NEW de­vices have been fit­ted to ev­ery fire en­gine in the city – to will help save crews vi­tal sec­onds and save lives.

The Mo­bile Data Ter­mi­nals (MDTs) – a sat nav style de­vice – will give fire­fight­ers com­puter blue­prints to 235 build­ings in Cam­bridgeshire, mean­ing they can quickly iden­tify safe en­try and exit points to build­ings and im­prove speed and ac­cu­racy of res­cue op­er­a­tions.

Plans con­tained on the MDTs are for build­ings that are for pub­lic use by a large num­ber of peo­ple, such as Queens­gate shop­ping cen­tre, Peter­bor­ough United’s ground at London Road and schools, hos­pi­tals and large busi­nesses.

The lo­ca­tions of key parts and safety de­vices in nearly all makes and model of cars are also stored on the MDTs.

The new de­vices have been warmly greeted by fire­fight­ers, who say they could help them when fac­ing life and death sit­u­a­tions. Un­til now, crews had to rely on paper plans, stored in fire en­gines, and ex­pe­ri­ence from pre­vi­ous vis­its to judge the best way into a build­ing.

Dogsthorpe Fire Sta­tion watch man­ager Tim Thomp­son said: “They are def­i­nitely an im­prove­ment on the maps we cur­rently use.

“They will help us save a lot of time, es­pe­cially with things like look­ing up chem­i­cals and search­ing for wa­ter sup­plies.

“We have all re­ceived train­ing and ev­ery­one at the sta­tion is look­ing for­ward to see­ing them in prac­tice.”

The MDTs, funded by the Govern­ment, have now been fit­ted on all 63 front­line fire en­gines in Cam­bridgeshire.

Neil New­berry, as­sis­tant chief fire of­fi­cer for Cam­bridgeshire Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice, said: “When fire­fight­ers at­tend an emer­gency in- cident, ac­cess to quick and ac­cu­rate in­for­ma­tion via the MDTs would al­most cer­tainly save lives.

“It will bring up the blue­prints to show the eas­i­est ac­cess to a fire and will also help crews at road traf­fic col­li­sions on the coun­try’s roads.

“Safety fea­tures such as airbags and seat­belt pre-ten­sion­ers save lives, but if fire­fight­ers cut through them when they are res­cu­ing a ca­su­alty they have the po­ten­tial to seri- ously harm both the fire­fighter and those in­side the car.

“The MDTs show the pre­cise lo­ca­tion of these safety fea­tures in nearly all makes and mod­els of cars. This en­ables fire­fight­ers to cut more con­fi­dently and quickly, which in turn will save lives.”

The MDTs will be im­ple­mented na­tion­wide, with Cam­bridgeshire the 26th of 46 fire ser­vices to get them.

Pic­ture: GE­ORGI MABEE

WARMLY RE­CEIVED: Fire­fight­ers at Dogsthorpe Fire Sta­tion think the new Mo­bile Data Ter­mi­nals will help them dur­ing emer­gency res­cues. (METP-18-06-10GM113)

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