MID and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service (MAWWFRS) are to participate in the GovTech Catalyst innovation challenge which enables them to track the location of firefighters within a building during incidents.
Speaking on the news, MAWWFRS Chief Fire Officer Chris Davies said: “We are delighted to be amongst the five chosen organisations to participate in the GovTech Catalyst innovation challenge.
“Our successful application, for the grant funding of £1.25million, was based upon developing an instantly deployable tracking system to track the location of firefighters within a building during incidents.
“During a typical incident, once a firefighter has entered a burning building it is very difficult to know for certain the location of that firefighter. Our firefighters risk their lives every day to protect their communities, therefore their safety is paramount to us. This grant funding will allow us to run a tendering competition, to work with the private sector, and develop a solution to effectively track firefighters at an incident.
“Through its Transformation 2020 programme, Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service continually strive to fulfil its vision of being a world leader in emergency response and community safety and this is another step towards to reaching this goal.
“We welcome the Minister for Implementation’s announcement today and look forward to launching our tender competition in mid-October.”
For further information, regarding the GovTech Catalyst innovation challenge, please follow this link