New technology could better inform and speed up emergency response
London Fire Brigade could improve its response to major incidents with a mobile app that allows eyewitnesses to stream live video footage to the control room, a new report shows.
Streaming technology has already been trialled by West Midlands Fire Service and similar apps are currently used in Sacramento, California, and Victoria, Australia.
A new report by Tony Arbour shows the app could quickly direct the most appropriate response to the exact location of a live incident and may help in the investigative process afterwards.
– Hoax calls to the Met police tripled last year and cost the fire brigade £1.6million
The Mayor of London should encourage mobile phone operators to consider blacklisting hoax emergency callers that are costing the taxpayer millions of pounds, says Conservative London Assembly member Tony Arbour.
Hoax calls to the Metropolitan Police tripled over the past three years and cost London Fire Brigade £1.6million in 2015, showed figures obtained by Assembly Member Arbour in a recent written question to the Mayor of London.
London Fire Brigade attended more than 1,257 malicious false alarms last year, wasting over 2,387 attendance hours.
The Met meanwhile received 3,671 hoax calls by October 2015, a near 300 per cent rise from the 1,259 it handled in 2012. The statistics also showed 811 hoax calls cost the London Ambulance Service £152,000 in 2014.
Following James Cleverly’s report ‘A United Emergency Service’ – which calls for emergency services to be based in one location – Roger Evans AM will suggest, at the Police and Crime Committee tomorrow at City Hall, that there should be more shared working between services.
James Cleverly calls for emergency services to share bases to protect services and cut costs
London Assembly member James Cleverly has called for London’s emergency services to share their bases for better co-operation between them and to make them more efficient.
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