Fire Service scoops another national award for NLPG

18 April 2011

CAMBRIDGESHIRE Fire and Rescue Service (CFRS) has scooped another award for its innovative use of a system which tells firefighters where they are going and what dangers to look out for at particular addresses.

The system keeps track of new build homes, bits of land, canal moorings and units on large industrial estates, which are all notoriously difficult to find. By giving each a unique reference number, it enables firefighters to pinpoint their location precisely should an emergency strike. Firefighters are also able to add interesting information to each number - such as the fact that a building contains a petrol tanker. This is then shared throughout the fire service.

This system - called the National Land and Property Gazetteer - has been integrated so effectively that Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service has won the Fire Service Technology Award at the first ever Emergency Service Awards, held at Arsenal's Emirate's Stadium on April 7.

The awards evening was hosted by BBC News presenter Nicholas Owen, and included 19 awards for individual and team achievements in all three emergency services.

Where CFRS has been leading the way is the use of NLPG data throughout the organisation to provide a more linked up approach among departments in the fire service, meaning they all have access to the same up to date information.

The Service has already won an award for its work in this field at the National Land and Property Gazetteer (NLPG) and National Street Gazetteer (NSG) Exemplar Awards in Sheffield last year.

Nicola Smith, Business Intelligence and Performance Manager for CFRS collected the award. She said: "Before this integration existed, that frontline knowledge may not have been available to people in every department. This will save us money and time in the future, while providing a better service for the community in every area.

"What is really exciting is that, as this award demonstrates, CFRS is leading the way in data management, and is now pioneering this integrated system among other emergency services. The most recent example of this is the assistance CFRS has offered to Bedfordshire and Luton Fire and Rescue Service in implementing the NLPG in their organisation."

Matthew Warren, Director of Resources at CFRS said: "It's fantastic to receive yet more recognition for the hard work that has gone into this project.

"More important than the awards however is that we are using NLPG data to provide a better level of service for a smaller cost, which is particularly important in the current financial climate."