Cutting incident response times for both the first and the second appliance
London Fire Brigade can clearly evidence how much faster they’re reaching incidents since they introduced VISION: the Brigade’s ‘Fire Facts’ report states that the average attendance time for both the first and the second fire engine to get to an incident in 2018 is 19 seconds faster than in 2015. These statistics show the improvement in response times since the Brigade introduced Capita’s VISION system in 2015.
Because VISION can tell whether appliances are in a home station or out on the road, the solution also supports more efficient communications for deployment by calculating the best way to get the message to the crew, for example whether the alert goes off at the station or is displayed on the mobile data terminal of an appliance already on the road.
Control room operators can now locate callers via their mobile: “No-one can predict when they might witness an incident and people calling in will often not know where they are, particularly if they’re in a rural location, or perhaps if injury or the stress of the incident has made it hard for them to think clearly.
“Our mobilising system gives us the ability to integrate effectively with other new technologies - even if the caller has only the vaguest understanding of where they are, we can locate them instantly. We’re working with Capita to add in the very latest technology to support decision-making and to enhance public safety.” explains Jonathan.
Using technology to help protect lives
Jonathan summarises the impact of VISION: “What’s key for us is that we’ve moved away from a station-bound control room system to a much more dynamic set-up. With our fantastic, dedicated staff, we can mobilise the closest and most appropriate resources to reach incidents in the shortest possible time – shaving 19 seconds off both the first and second appliance arrival times is a significant improvement.
“We’re covering an area of huge scale across London in terms of geography and population - the Brigade’s control centre took over 179,000 calls last year alone - and it’s crucial for our service to be able to reach every incident as
quickly as possible so that we can mitigate and resolve each situation effectively.”
George Greig, Chief Delivery Officer at Capita Secure Solutions and Services, adds: “We’re proud that the innovative technology featured in our VISION software is helping the London Fire Brigade to protect lives. Crucial seconds – and, in some cases, minutes - are gained by ensuring control room operators have clear, up to date information, such as travel times and the nearest available appliances. They can then mobilise the most effective resources and minimise deployment times, ensuring crews and pumps are on the ground as soon as possible.”