A firefighter using one of the new data terminals
A firefighter using one of the new data terminals

Fire engines in Lichfield and Burntwood have been fitted with new state of the art equipment to help them when they are en-route to emergency incidents.

Sixty-nine vehicles in Staffordshire now have onboard mobile data terminals which have various features including mapping systems, information about the nearest hydrants, vehicle hazard data to be used at car crashes and risk assessments for various buildings, including high risk premises.

Before now crews had to rely on hard copies of information that was all carried on the fire engines. This system brings all of this information together onto a computerised screen and firefighters can then just do a search for the information they require.

Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford said:

“This investment, provided by the Communities and Local Government department, is a great step forward for the Service.  These mobile data terminals will not replace the knowledge that firefighters have to acquire and maintain, it just brings all the information together onto one easy use system, rather than relying on numerous paper based files.”

Nineteen firefighters across the service have completed an advanced training course on the new mobile data terminals, which has then enabled them to deliver training to all front-line operational crews across Staffordshire.

The mobile data terminal is fitted to the cab of the vehicle next to the front passenger seat, which is where the most senior firefighter sits en-route to an incident. The systems are fitted to all engines and the larger specialist appliances.


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