EVERY second counts when responding to an emergency and thanks to a recent donation Orange firefighters will be on the job quicker than before.
When the alarm goes off for a call out fire crews get a print out of the emergency details and then look towards their maps to locate the address.
Previously they would grab the stockpile of PVC pipes and rummage through curled-up maps of different council areas to look for the location.
This is when they put the call out to Electrolux’s skills centre to design them a permanent map system for their station.
The new wall-mounted system allows firefighters to see at a glance various maps of their region.
Orange Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) Station Officer Matthew Jeffery said the new map holders allow them to locate the desired address quickly, clearly and efficiently.
“Time is of the essence and if you’re fiddling around trying to get the location it’s not good,” he said.
“It’s potentially good for out of Orange areas and potentially where it’s an MVA (motor vehicle accident) and a person is trapped.”
While FRNSW trucks are equipped with GPS systems, they are not always accurate or fast, two things which are vital according to Station Officer Jeffery.
“It’s reliant on the latest software updates ... they’re not updated automatically,” he said.
“I don’t trust GPS, it hasn’t been updated since we got the truck in 2011.”
Station Officer Jeffery said their call out area is extensive and includes Orange, Cabonne and Blayney council areas so fire crews need quick access to information.
Electrolux senior trainer and development officer Rob Hennessey said the map holders were designed and constructed based on firefighters’ specifications and donated to the station.