High-tech overhaul for fire vehicle

By Matthew McKew

Sunday, June 15, 2014


High-tech overhaul for fire vehicle

In the refurbished command unit vehicle are, front, Ryde Fire Station manager and project leader Dean Haward, Cllr Phil Jordan and chief fire officer Steve Apter, right. Picture by Robin Crossley.

A THERMAL imaging camera is just one of the improvements made to the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service’s command unit vehicle.

The vehicle has been fitted with state-of-the-art technology.

It boasts a satellite link so firefighters can access the internet in remote areas.

It also has CCTV cameras, which can be streamed live to the fire service’s headquarters in Newport, allowing commanders to follow incidents in real time.

The command unit’s thermal imaging camera is attached to a 12m-high, extendable mast. This would allow firefighters to detect hidden fire and hot spots.

Other features include upgraded TV monitors, an electronic white board, which can store information written on it, and an improved briefing area.

Chief fire officer Steve Apter said: "The fire service was successful in securing a grant from the government to enable us to upgrade the command unit.

"We now have a mobile facility, which provides significant additional resources when dealing with major incidents, which can only help improve the safety of Island residents."

The command unit is based at Newport Fire Station.

Reporter: matthewm@iwcpmail.co.uk


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