Bucks and Milton Keynes Fire & Rescue adopts mobile e-document system


Bucks and Milton Keynes Fire & Rescue adopts mobile e-document system

Antony Savvas

In a three-year, six-figure deal, Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes Fire and Rescue Service will use Consilium Technologies' TotalMobile system to produce electronic forms that can be completed with handheld devices.

This replaces the current paper-based scheme many fire services use with their inspections of high-risk commercial and residential properties.

The interactive forms can be immediately transmitted to HQ servers, rather than an inspector having to manually type out his or her findings, enabling them to complete more inspections as well as focus solely on the future safety of at-risk properties.

Working jointly with its technology partner, the fire service has also developed a back office portal and server, which is specifically tailored to its requirements.

This includes streamlining searches for key data to retrieve past records quickly, and integrating information from each fire brigade in the area, who have previously used a variety of databases.

Improving the data capture will enable fire inspectors to comply with key government guidelines and also speed up processes for follow up activities such as issuing enforcement orders.

"Enabling our fire inspectors to complete forms on the move cuts down the admin and removes the reams of paper we currently rely on throughout the process," said Doug Gruchy, station manager at Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes Fire and Rescue Service.

"The Consilium system is tailored exactly to the needs of the UK's Fire Services and also offers a simple uniform system that can be used and shared by inspectors across the country," he said.

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