ST. LOUIS – The St. Louis Fire Department is using a $1 million federal grant it received in 2011 to provide city firefighters with technology that it says will improve their response times.
The fire department is using CommandScope technology, which provides firefighters with quick access to site plans, floor plans, hazardous material details, utility shut-off locations, geographical maps, fire hydrant locations, lists of persons with special needs and other critical building and infrastructure information. The technology was built by Chicago-based RealView, a software development company that specializes in paperless mobile technology.
Previously, site plans were viewed on paper by firefighters on the scene. Now, St. Louis firefighters will begin to use tablets on the scene to learn more quickly about buildings.
The plans are also readily available for other units that might assist in an emergency.