January of 2016 MCFRS began installation of a new fire station alerting system.
The new alerting system will be a modern heart healthy system with many advanced features allowing station personnel to be alerted in a variety of ways all while meeting NFPA and OSHA/MOSH standards. The system will include multi-zoned audio and visual alerts as well as automated voice technology. The system will have many new features that will enhance the alerting experience getting our firefighters on the street faster.
This system is being installed in all 38 existing county fire stations, 5 federal stations and all future stations.
The system is manufactured by PURVIS Systems Inc. PURVIS is based out of Rhode Island who have installed fire station alerting systems in New York City, Boston, Plano, Texas and Charleston, South Carolina to name a few.
The new system will offer new features such as:
• Display monitors throughout the station to provide fire fighters dispatch information
• Colored light towers to provide a visual cue as to which units are being dispatched
• Red night vision lighting for bunk rooms to allow firefighters to gradually adjust to the light after waking up to an alarm
• Red strobe lights in noise heavy areas to provide a visual cue of an alert
• Ramped up audio alarms to provide heart healthy NFPA recommended alarms
• Multiple speaker feeds allowing fire fighters to maintain situational awareness
• A camera doorbell to allow ECC tom communicate and see a citizen at the front door in the event the fire station is empty
The new fire station alerting project is a CIP project under the Public Safety Systems Modernization Project. The FSA project is a full infrastructure and hardware replacement allowing us to decommission the aging system we have today. The FSA project has a 5.3 million dollar budget, currently we are under budget and on schedule. The new FSA will tie directly to the new Motorola Premier 1 CAD system which is currently being implemented to replace our existing CAD.
On June 1 we performed the first of many acceptance tests. This acceptance test included the software configuration testing and a demonstration of the hardware at Fire Stations 31 and 8 both of which are the Architectural Proof of Concept stations. Fire Chief Scott Goldstein, Chief Alan Hinde and Chief Steve Jones were given a demonstration of the system showing off the features that will benefit all field personnel, career and volunteer.
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