New technology could improve firefighter's safety

A Vancouver firefighter showcases several new smart devices, produced by SensorUp, to monitor firefigthers’ health while working.

At the training event, firefighters from all across the lower mainland strapped up with the new equipment for the first time. A simulation of a burning building was put on, while people sat back and watched the screens and how the new gadgets worked and performed when first tested.

This equipment has been in the works for over a year now, with SensorUp approach- ing the Vancouver Fire and Rescue Service last November. After a year of construct- ing these devices and the systems they run on, SensorUp CEO Geoff Mair was pleased and relieved to see them in use earlier today.

The new gadgets include devices designed to monitor firefighters heart rate, as well as other crucial measurements such as core temperature, levels of dangerous toxins in the air such as C02 and hydrogen cyanide. Another large reason why these will supposedly be useful for is the real time tracking system, providing real time up- dates on location and altitude to an extremely accurate measurement.

In total, the first responders would be wearing a total of five gadgets. Four of those devices would be connected via Bluetooth to one central managing system that is on a small device about the size of a fist.

“While firefighting will always have inherent risks associated with it, ensuring that we leverage the latest technology advancements to minimize those risks is critical.” – SensorUp CEO Geoff Mair.

While those involved would be wearing all five devices, for each central managing system there is another one that would be reading the statistics and levels of the firefighter. This second device would be kept by someone, typically whoever would be in charge, who is out of building and monitoring where each person is and their safety levels.

The Vancouver Fire and Rescue Service is looking to have this cutting edge technology become a common sight in their line of work within the next six months.

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