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Technology will track local firefighters in buildings

Created on 17/11/2019 @ 09:51
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Technology that will allow local firefighters to be tracked in real time when in a building is to be developed by Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service.

The service has announced the second phase of its GovTech Catalyst Challenge.

Phase 1 involved five companies who were each awarded up to £50,000 to develop location tracking technology in order to enhance firefighter safety within buildings.

Following a highly competitive process, Phase 2 will provide funding for the two successful organisations, Oxon Tech / Greeve Systems and Brandwidth, as they progress to the next stage of the Challenge.

Under the terms of Phase 2, Oxon Tech / Greeve Systems and Brandwidth will continue to work with MAWWFRS to further develop and refine their solutions to track firefighters within building and structures in real-time.

Both organisations will now be eligible to apply for up to £500,000, including VAT, to further develop this ground-breaking technology over the course of the next 12 months.

Deputy Chief Fire Officer Roger Thomas said: “We have grasped this opportunity to utilise funding from the GovTech Catalyst challenge to reduce operational risk and further enhance the safety and wellbeing of our firefighters.

Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service is looking forward to continuing our excellent working relationship with Oxon Tech / Greeve Systems and Brandwidth to develop a product that will help us realise our vision, to be a world leader in emergency response and community safety.”

MAWWFRS Programme lead for the GovTech Catalyst challenge, Group Manager Steve McLinden said: “I am delighted to be able to continue our work with Oxon Tech / Greeve Systems and Brandwidth following the successful progress which was made within Phase 1 of the challenge.

"We are looking forward to further developing our professional partnership with both teams to evolve this pioneering, lifesaving safety solution. The complexity and difficultly of this technical innovation should not be under-estimated, however, we are extremely confident that we will be able to develop commercially viable solutions over the next 12 months.”

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