Gloucestershire Fire & Rescue Service Press Release

Fire and Rescue pioneers new state-of-the-art control system

Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service (GFRS) is looking to further drive down emergency response times with the introduction of a new state-of-the-art mobilising system to its control room.

The system, called Vision 4, is designed to reduce the time it takes operators to handle calls and for fire stations to respond to emergencies.

It includes new technology that increases the Service's capacity to handle large incidents and uses up-to-the-minute mapping and identification software to pinpoint emergencies quickly before sending the best possible response.

GFRS is only the second fire and rescue service in the country to install the new system, though several others are expected to follow suit in the coming months.

Deputy Chief Fire Officer Geoff Sallis said: "We have invested in this new system because, put quite simply, it's a lifesaver. It's about making sure every call gets the fastest and most effective response possible"

"We've worked hard as a fire and rescue service to ensure that the community is given the service it deserves and we believe response times can be brought down even further with this new cutting edge software."

Some of the main advantages of the new system are:

Cllr Will Windsor-Clive, cabinet member for fire, planning and infrastructure, said: "I'm delighted to say that Gloucestershire is leading the way with this new system - and, most importantly, residents can be assured they are getting the quickest and most effective emergency response available to them."

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Notes to News Editors

A £1.8m grant was received last year to upgrade fire control and the mobilising system. It follows investment in the county's four new community fire stations, which were designed to substantially improve coverage across the major population areas in the county.

Issued by: Keith Coles, Gloucestershire County Council Media Team, 01452 425093

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11th June 2013