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