Technology plays a critical role in helping our firefighters and paramedics safely
reduce the severity of emergency incidents. Some of the technology utilized by TVF&R
includes thermal imagers, cardiac defibrillators, mobile data terminals, and specialized
software to analyze our response times and deployment strategies.
Mobile Data Terminals (MDTs) with electronic maps and preplans are in each of our
emergency response vehicles. This sophisticated tool provides firefighters with
the quickest route to an incident, as well as custom, detailed floor, and site
plans of commercial buildings, schools, apartment complexes, condominiums,
churches, high-rise buildings, and hazardous materials locations.
Information maintained in the system includes:
- Occupancy Type (assembly, business, educational, institution, mercantile, etc.)
- Fire Protection Systems
- Alternate Water Source
- Building Construction
- Roof Construction, Material, Type
- Exterior Wall Construction
- Utility Location
- Alarm Panel
- Hydrant Location
Developed by Mapping Solutions Inc., this system is one of the
most advanced mapping and planning systems used anywhere in the country and was
possible thanks to voter approval of a local option levy in November 2004.
TVF&R MDTs in the
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MDTs not only improve the efficiency of our responders, but
also increases the safety of all persons involved. Historically, firefighters
have had to rely on an antiquated system of hand-drawn and rudimentary computer-
rendered maps. These maps were housed in a loose-leaf notebook and firefighters
would literally 'thumb-through" the notebook while driving Code 3 to a destination.
With preloaded electronic maps and touch-screen monitors, emergency
responders can access maps within
seconds. In addition,
these maps contain important details about commercial structures
including floor plans, fire resistance rating of roofs and walls, on-site
dangerous or explosive chemicals, hydrant locations, exits, utility turn-offs,
and after-hour business contacts.
Another asset of the system is the ability to store photographs,
video clips, and aerial maps of a building. This is extremely beneficial to firefighters
as they attempt to locate a victim and/or extinguish a fire in a dark, large and unfamiliar
Unlike previous hand-drawn or computer-rendered maps, the new electronic maps utilize
a consistent design template (layout,
symbols, etc.). This standardized template enables
emergency responders to make quick tactical decisions and identify obstacles.
Having detailed information about your business enables firefighters to
quickly mitigate your emergency. Knowledge of building layout can help
firefighters move efficiently through dark and unfamiliar corridors to
extinguish a fire, rescue and treat a patient, or stop the release of
With utility shutoff details at their fingertips, emergency responders can
quickly turn off water systems, which reduce water damage and restoration costs.
There are approximately 4,000 businesses and commercial properties
within TVF&R's service area that will be contacted about their
participation in this program. We have contracted with
Solutions, Inc. to gather preplan information on each site.
All compiled preplan information is for emergency responder use
only, and will not be released to the general public.
It is our goal to minimize the impact on our business partners.
Letters explaining the process and desired information for our
database will be sent to businesses over the next six months. To
expedite the process and/or possibly eliminate the need for an
onsite visit from Mapping Solutions, Inc., businesses can forward
any blueprint or site-plan information of their facility directly
to Mapping Solutions, Inc. via email.
Participation in the program is not mandatory. However, it is our
hope that businesses and commercial properties will see that
this basic fire safety information is not only a benefit to
themselves, it is also a benefit to their employees, tenants,
and local firefighters.
Preplan information is for emergency responder use only, and
will not be released to the general public. We have contracted
with Mapping Solutions, Inc. to gather preplan information for
Mapping Solutions, Inc. is a private company based
in Oregon City that has provided service to the telecommunications
and emergency services industry (9-1-1, ambulance, police and fire)
for 24 years.
Updates to the MDTs via the main database are built for close-range
transmissions only and encrypted for optimum security.
Providing accurate up-to-date maps in both
electronic and printed forms is critical to our
emergency response. The community we serve is
constantly growing and changing. The Fire District
utilizes the latest in GIS technology to insure that
our emergency responders have access to accurate
navigational resources. In addition, our GIS
personnel work collaboratively with our Data Analyst
in using GIS technology to prepare and present data
information in geographic views that have become a
necessity in planning all of the services we provide
to all of the communities we serve.