1:15 PM - 2:00 PM
Digital mobile radio communications: challenges faced by fire rescue services
Richard Russell, Business Development Manager UK & Ireland, Tait Communications
Geoff Waterhouse, Program Director for Health Infrastructure, NSW Ambulance, Australia
Fire ground, incident command and breathing apparatus crews all face challenging conditions and require rugged dual mode capable analogue and digital communications. Moreover, the need to monitor and predict the personal safety and well-being of fire fighters is an advantage and not forgetting the need to interface with the future ESN network.
With Tait Communications commitment of continued investment and develop of public safety fire fighter communications solutions, we reveal unique features that provide key benefits of maximising essential communication range, whilst enhancing safety. With Tait’s 4-Watt Tx powered ATEX DMR portable radio, complementary ATEX accessory solutions, coupled with Tait Unified Vehicle solution for appliances and incident command vehicles, all combine to enhance safety. This advanced and unique vehicle solution is a multi-bearer DMR, LTE, WiFi and Bluetooth device, creating a local network of networks. With the potential to assist with future communications flow from control room, incident command through to BA crew in side buildings, ultimately enhancing situational awareness, advancing levels of communication and improving fire fighter safety.
The Connected Clinician model at NSW Ambulance
In his speech, Geoff shares some insights into current and future trends in emergency medical communications
In the past, the role of paramedics was primarily to transport people to hospital, with limited time or technology to do much more. However, demand for hospital resource continues to increase:
• Hospitals are stretched because more people go to hospitals now, rather than to their doctor, at least in part because they can't afford to do otherwise.
• More options for public communications mean that instead of a traditional emergency telephone call, people ring up anywhere for anything on their cell phone if they need help.
Most services remain committed to taking the patient to the hospital. But a new emergency medical model is evolving, which takes the hospital to the patient. Consequently, emergency medical organisations must now build up technology and capability in their fleets, so that paramedics can do more for patients.
The Connected Clinician model that NSW Ambulance is working toward allows to connect multiple activities more securely. With everything operating across one mobility platform, it introduces a whole suite of new applications for paramedics.
Geoff is convinced that unifying Critical Communications will be a game changer for his organisation and others like it.