Fire Station

Evendale Fire Department

February 22, 2021

The Challenge

Firefighters have one of the most difficult and dangerous career paths. Every day these men and women risk their lives to save others. Being awakened at all hours of the night to answer emergency calls can have a significant impact on the health of these individuals. At Evendale Fire Department, this is no exception. With calls coming in at all hours, firefighters must spring into action within seconds of waking up to harsh lights turning on and alarms blaring. Leadership at the fire station recognized there could be a way of improving this system to make the transition from deep sleep to going on calls more accommodating and gentler for the firefighters.

The Solution

The Evendale Fire Department chose Igor’s Power over Ethernet technology after receiving a grant to  update their station’s technology. Hearing about Igor from one of their partners, Evendale first became interested in Igor’s integration capabilities with Locution Systems, the emergency alert system the station uses. Through this integration, Igor installed 30 beacon lights in the station that will gradually illuminate to wake the firefighters more gently when a call comes into the station. The newly installed Igor system also helps the firefighters to differentiate between different types of emergency calls with red lights flashing for fire calls and blue lights for EMS calls.

The Outcomes

Automated Dispatch System
Using an automated dispatch system has led to more efficient response times and better prepared the firefighters for emergency calls.

Fire, Emergency, Weather and Doorbell Entrance Alert
Different colored lights illuminate within the fire station to allow the firefighters to distinguish between EMS & Fire dispatches, visitors wishing entrance, and weather emergencies in the area. 

Improved Reaction Time and Health
With the use of the Igor system, firefighters are out of the bunk room within 15-30 seconds and firehouse leadership has seen improved cognitive functioning from their teams.

 

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