CAL FIRE Deploys RadioMobile Technology For Location Tracking and Situational Awareness Across California
SAN DIEGO, Dec. 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- CAL FIRE, one of largest fire agencies in the United States, operates over 3,000 fire, emergency response and resource protection vehicles, as well as more than 50 aircraft—all with varying connectivity challenges. While many CAL FIRE areas of responsibility (AOR) have commercial carrier (4G/LTE) coverage, others are so remote that carrier-based communication is impossible. Incident command and management need to maintain seamless communications with their entire fleet of apparatus and multiple dispatch centers across 31 million acres of service area. They also require accountability of all resources at the scene of a fire and as they travel to and from and within incidents.
To solve their connectivity challenges, CAL FIRE partnered with San Diego-based RadioMobile to equip all frontline vehicles with automatic vehicle location (AVL) technology that functions wherever vehicles travel. They installed RadioMobile’s Patriot All-In-One Mobile Data Computer (MDC) in more than 1,100 of their primary vehicles. By using the Patriot MDC, along with technology that provides connectivity over LTE/4G, LMR (CAL FIRE’s private land mobile radio data system using narrowband radio frequencies) or satellite, each vehicle has been integrated into the AVL system.
The collaboration between CAL FIRE and RadioMobile has resulted in a new level of on-scene and whole-system situational awareness across the entire state. “The Patriot allows us to see where resources are while on a fire scene, and that is huge from an accountability standpoint,” said CAL FIRE Battalion Chief Matt Damon. “The high level of commitment and customer service by RadioMobile makes me confident this is the right solution for CAL FIRE.”
RadioMobile President and CEO Jim Moore, explains that resilient data connectivity and the ability to receive accurate and timely location, status and incident information automatically via data means that much less voice traffic is needed. This results in significant benefits for dispatch, leadership and firefighters in the field.
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