Fire & Rescue NSW moves to real-time data access with software implementation

SAP business suite contains data about staff and fire trucks

Fire & Rescue NSW IT director Richard Host. Photo credit: Fire & Rescue NSW.

Fire & Rescue NSW IT director Richard Host. Photo credit: Fire & Rescue NSW.

Fire & Rescue NSW has implemented a software suite and platform which will give it access to information about staff members and better collaboration with other emergency services in the state.

The organisation has rolled out SAP’s Business Suite and HANA, a platform which combines database and data processing.

According to Fire & Rescue NSW IT director Richard Host, the system contains data about its assets, such as fire trucks, and details of staff including their training history. There is up to 30 years of data contained in the system.

“We will also see more efficient collaboration across all three state emergency agencies, including NSW State Emergency Service and NSW Rural Fire Service. The agencies now use a single instance of Business Suite and HANA platform as their source of information,” he said in a statement.

Host added that the platform will support the agency’s Project Miinder, a system designed to notify it of disasters in the state by analysing real-time data and enabling predictions a few days in advance of the event happening. The system also suggests the number of firefighters needed to be deployed to fight natural disasters.

“It’s critically important to have the right skills and equipment available at the right time. With HANA, we have accurate information that is instantly accessible, enabling us to make critical decisions quickly,” he said.

Fire & Rescue NSW has been contacted for more information by Computerworld Australia.

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