The Hereford and Worcester Fire Brigade has signed a three-year deal with Ram Mobile Data, GEC-Marconi, and Joyce-Loebl for real-time communications between its fire appliances and command centre. Based on the Home Office Interim Mobile Data Network Framework Agreement, 42 front-line appliances have been equipped with Joyce-Loebl Vehicle Mounted Data systems (VMDS), which will be linked over the Ram mobile network to the control HQ. Once mobilised for a fire, fire crews will be provided with detailed risk information on the way to the scene and back-up once on site. David O'Dwyer, chief fire officer for Hereford and Worcester said: "We attend more than 11,000 incidents a year. Up until now we have been using single-channel speech radio for communication between the command centre and fire crews. However, the single channel becomes quickly congested when we have to handle large and multiple incidents. This solution lets us communicate quickly and easily, without fear of congestion."
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