High-tech tools offer boost to first responders

Published: Oct. 18, 2018 at 3:04 PM CDT
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Douglas County officials have unveiled the new Fire Alert System installed in local fire stations.

This marks the first completed component of the 2016, voter-approved, $45 million Public Safety Bond Project.

The system is designed to provide state-of-the-art technology that will aid firefighter first responders.

County Commissioner Jim Cavanaugh said, “The City of Omaha joined with Douglas County in a cooperative effort to make our community better and safer. This is a great example of working together, we can do better.”

The new Fire Alert System will replace obsolete communication equipment and officials say this gear can save lives by getting first responders to the scene of an emergency faster.

Omaha Fire Chief Dan Olsen said, “We’re learning that processing times can be reduced and we’re looking forward to that. Some of the technology also provides for a quicker alert in the dispatch center to the fire station.”

Officials believe the Fire Alert System will get first responders on the streets faster when answering emergency calls.

This is just the first improvement for the metro area’s emergency communication system, “totally revamping our 911 Center and putting them in a new home on 156th and Maple,” Cavanaugh said, “spending about $15 million of that, on new construction out there.”

The Fire Alert System costs a total of approximately $2.5 million.