New South Wales: In New South Wales (NSW), the state in the east of Australia, Fire & Rescue NSW (FRNSW) has announced that all the fire and rescue engines will be fitted with GPS fitted tracking devices. With this FRNSW will become the first Australian fire service to harness this advanced automotive vehicle location – AVL – technology in a widespread manner.
Fire engines based in areas such as Orange, Wellington and Mudgee are to be fitted with GPS technology within 12 months. This system uses real-time satellite tracking and the 3G network to identify the location of every FRNSW emergency response vehicle. So far the fire engines and crews were assigned based on the street address of fire stations. This did not always guarantee the fastest response. The new technology will reduce response times. It has already been installed in 70 per cent of FRNSW’s response vehicles in the Greater Sydney Area. During the next 12 months the remainder of FRNSW’s metropolitan fire vehicles will be equipped as well as the regional fleet.