Portland firefighters respond to hundreds of emergencies across the City of Portland every day. To help these first responders to anticipate what they'll encounter when they arrive on-scene, the are provided with vital information in a timely fashion. This information assists firefighters to make mission-critical decisions that will enhance their ability to save lives and protect property.
Mobile Data Terminal
Installed in each Portland Fire & Rescue fire apparatus is a MDT or “Mobile Data Terminal”. An MDT is a computer system that allows firefighters to receive, view, and store critical information sent to them from the City of Portland’s Bureau of Emergency Communications (BOEC) communications center or “9-1-1”.
9-1-1 dispatchers at BOEC are able to wirelessly transfer incident information to the MDT on the fire truck or engine, thereby providing vital and instant data to the firefighters and command officers responding to the scene of an emergency. With just one click, firefighters driving to an emergency scene have the ability to pull up a map assisting them in their response, decreasing response time. MDTs also provide firefighters with hydrant locations, building addresses and building footprints. Building drawings are available providing firefighters with vital information such as where to shut off natural gas, electricity or water to the structure.
MDTs used by Portland firefighters are complex tools which require on-going and hands-on training.
For the past month, firefighters and station officers from fire stations across the City of Portland been learning how to best utilize the new Versaterm MDT tools.
This training allows firefighters to develop and learn new techniques and skill sets.
Portland Fire & Rescue
We Respond: Always Ready, Always There
March 8, 2011