Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue has implemented a national property database to provide more accurate address information and improve response times.
The new database has been set up by the fire service to help pinpoint the location of fires and other emergency calls more quickly and accurately, and enable them to get there quicker as a result.
As well as responding to calls, the fire service in Oxfordshire carries out domestic and commercial property inspections, covering issues including the installation of smoke alarms to the issuing of licences. They also undertake risk assessments and ensure building regulations are adhered to.
The new property management system helps them do this work. The system uses the National Land and Property Gazetteer (NLPG), a national property identification database which carries out searches. The fire service says the system has improved access to data and made it easier to find homes and businesses.
The system underpins the FiREcontrol project, a government initiative that will amalgamate the existing 46 fire control rooms into nine regional control centre. Because of this scheme, several fire services have linked with address databases maintained by local authorities.
Not all properties are on the database however, meaning fire crews have to constantly work with council officials to update the system.
The next stage of the project will be to link the system into a job management system, meaning each call the fire service responds to, or each inspection, can be recorded and kept.
Jennie Crapper, Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service's data and systems manager, said several systems will be linked into the NLPG, increasing data sharing with the aim of making life easier for fire fighters.
She said, "The NLPG is becoming our de facto source of property information."