The firefighting industry has come a long way with regards to their technology. Modern technological advances and its connectivity, durability, and on-the-field usability has made the firefighting industry better and more efficient and has helped save both the lives of firefighters and civilians alike.
The Progress of Rugged Technology for the Firefighting Industry
There was a time when firefighters had to rely on written documentation as the main source of information exchange. It was a poor way to handle internal team communication and an impractical solution that puts lives at stake.
The industry’s move to laptops has alleviated some of these problems and has given a better solution to an otherwise impractical standard. But due to poor funding, especially in volunteer departments, the equipment that firefighters do have are bulky, prone to breaking, and are ultimately inefficient when used out in the field.
Rugged technology has increased mobile connectivity and advanced durability and usability to better suit the needs of firefighters when it matters most.
Rugged Technology’s Increased Mobile Connectivity
Firefighters need to communicate quickly and efficiently with members of their team. Rugged mobile LTE gateways give firefighters advanced in-vehicle connectivity and extend the connection to a wide range of devices and applications.
Open communication lines with team members are necessary in life-threatening situations. Increased connectivity can help first responders find civilians that need rescue and can help them find safe exits out of a dangerous environment. Firefighters work in dangerous situations and the seamless connectivity that mobile gateways and routers provide security in knowing that connections will not drop and mission-critical information will not be lost.
In the Field Durability and Usability
Rugged mobile devices are also the best choice for in-the-field usability. Commercial laptops cannot withstand the shock and vibration this work is exposed to. Rugged technology is designed to withstand drops, shocks, spills, as well as extreme temperatures. Firefighters rely on their technology and require them to be reliable the moment they need them.
Switching from bulky laptops to lightweight rugged tablet PCs have given firefighters a reliable way to communicate real-time mission updates. Indeed, rugged technology’s ability to receive accurate GPS guidance and share and receive updates from first responders and team members have saved firefighters’ lives. The deaths of three wildland firefighters August 19, 2015, in Okanogan County, Washington is tragic and the result of spotty communication with other team members, poor terrain mapping capabilities, and no geolocation monitoring. With rugged technology’s advanced connectivity and ability to withstand extreme environments, tragic deaths such as these can be avoided.
Not only do rugged tablets and PCs help save firefighters’ lives, they help keep civilians safe as well. Rugged tablets are portable and give firefighters the ability to access electronic patient records and allow them to make split-second life-saving decisions.
Rugged technology can also be installed in the cabs of firetrucks and ambulances thanks to specialized accessories and mounts. Whether out on the scene or in their vehicles, first responders never have to be without their technology and potential life-saving communication.
The Fire Industry’s Use of Rugged Technology
Firefighters work in hazardous situations and, in a line of work where every moment counts, technology and communication devices have to be reliable and durable. The fire and rescue industry’s switch from clunky laptops to rugged mobile devices helps keep firefighters and first responders safe.
To learn more about rugged technology options for your fire and rescue department, contact the experts at Group Mobile today.