Boston Fire Department Tests Automatic Voice Dispatcher

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From the first electric fire alarm system in the world, to the first automated voice dispatch in our area, the Boston Fire Department is at the forefront of technology, using newer equipment to help them dispatch calls faster.

Steve Keeley, the Superintendent of the Boston Fire Department’s fire alarm division, gave NBC10 Boston a look at the “Purvis Systems” alerting system.

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Veterans in the workforce

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Internship program helps ex-military members get back on solid ground

MIDDLETOWN – In her role as a supply specialist in the Army, Johanna Bravo said there was always structure to everything she did.

Details like when deliveries were made were planned down to the minute in Iraq, where Bravo served from 2006-2007. That included time behind the wheel driving heavy-duty, armored supply trucks with thick bulletproof glass and under armed guard.

Or in Guantanamo Bay from 2009 to early 2011, where she helped transform a “black hole” supply depot into a state-ofthe- art operation, work that earned her wide recognition in the Army.

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Reducing FireFighter Stress Levels

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Occupational stress is inherent in firefighting and emergency response. But at no time in the history of the American fire service has this been more acute—as the increase in arson, acts of domestic violence, terrorist acts, automobile accidents, airplane crashes, hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes will attest. The rigors of firefighting, rescue and victim extrication are such that only the bravest among us need apply.

Other stresses on firefighters are more subtle, such as the effect of receiving alerts in the fire station – especially at night. Interrupted sleep, startling alarms and bright lights take their toll immediately as heart rates soar in response to alerts and again later with the onset of fatigue due to sleep deprivation. Read More

Current State of Turnout Times

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The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has set a six-minute guideline for fire department response time to a fire emergency. The composition of the standard is one-minute for the dispatcher to receive the alarm and then notify the first-responders; one-minute for the fire station personnel to get on the road; and four-minutes of drive time to the fire. The NFPA further recommends that each of these goals should be achieved 90 percent of the time. Read More

PURVIS Shows Mobile Firefighter App at Industry Conferences

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PURVIS recently attended the APCO (New Orleans, Aug 3 – 6) and FRI (Dallas, Aug 13 – 16). These industry conferences provided an opportunity to present our new mobile firefighter app that works on the iOS and Android platforms. In addition to delivering incident information via smartphone to remote first responders, one of the more compelling aspects of the app is the command and control visibility that is afforded fire management and administrative staff. The image above is a screenshot of the app’s web interface that provides situational awareness to command staff. Now, supervisors, fire chiefs, dispatchers and other authorized users can:

  • View all incidents and the location of mobile app users based on GPS location
  • Drill into incident or user details
  • Pull up a detailed list view of everything going on in the district
  • Generate dashboard reports based on historical and real-time information to determine utilization, average turnout times and other metrics that can drive department improvement.

FRI2014-ConferenceIn this picture, Jeff Mascola, Product Manager for PURVIS Systems, is discussing the new mobile firefighter app with some interested fire department representatives at the FRI conference in Dallas. The Purvis Station Control Unit with integrated control display can be seen in the background.





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