RTS helps make rescue and firefighting safer

Taipei, Taiwan

Recently, a late night fire incident broke out in a 5-storey automotive circuit board factory in Pingzhen county of Taoyuan, Taiwan. The nearby fire department had dispatched 47 vehicles and 153 personnel to the site. During the emergency and rescue activities, radio communication was not available, neither to make or receive calls, for five minutes, whilst the rescuers ran into the fire scene. Unfortunately, after the raging fire was extinguished, there were many casualties, including nine deaths.

When any fire incidents break out, after the calls are received, the crew and car-fleet of firefighters, commanders, rescuers, and ambulance set off to rescue lives as well as to reduce the hazard. Accidents at the fire scene often cause casualties and lead to irreparable loss to the house-hold, families, and even to the rescue crew members.  As it requires extensive time and money in training a firefighter to qualify, it would be a tremendous loss if any firefighter or rescue members were to be injured or worse in the line of duty.

The question is what can protect the lives of these brave men and women whilst they are in the midst of performing their mission to protect and rescue others.

Traditionally, wireless walkie-talkies send the signal to an artificial satellite in the sky; if any fire incidents happen, then the signal is then rerouted and transmitted to a remote urban command base, and from there it is sent back to the wireless walkie-talkie. However, as factory buildings are usually constructed of reinforced concrete or iron sheets, as per the point in case used as an example at the head of this article, "there was no response to any radio calls for 5 minutes at the fire scene.”

As a result, the F01-4G Body Worn Cameras for the Mobile Emergency Response System from RTS can now be used in such cases. The audio and video information from the F01 body worn camera can be transmitted via 4G SIM card to nearby base stations in all directions without missing calls or delays. The on-site firefighters can receive clear instructions and command, without facing the fear of any threat of environmental uncertainties due to on-site or poor communication.

According to RTS, the F01-4G body worn cameras and Mobile Emergency Response System from RTS have been proven to protect people’s lives. The F01-4G BWC is a 6-in-1 package, including DV (digital video camera and display), a walkie-talkie, GPS locator, auxiliary lighting, lifesaving components, and 4G router. The product provides real-time 2 channel full colour night vision HD video, real-time listening, many-to-many conferencing talks, GPS/ Wifi/ LBS positioning, lifesaving and SOS alarms, as well as mission management.

The commanders on site or remote officers can make decisions or give instructions, based on a real-time scene audio-visual situation sent to any Ipad or computer configured, to minimize and even avoid casualties happened. RTS believes that this will greatly increase the probability of saving people who need to be rescued and reduce the occurrence of casualties. Disaster relief images and footage can be stored in F01-4G BWC and cloud servers, which can be used as elements for post-event review and educational training to avoid the same mistakes from happening in the future.


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