Where are we now?
Whilst we have always responded positively to the changing environment in which we operate and adapted in order to meet new challenges as they arise, new innovations and technological advances in recent years have provided us with the potential to greatly enhance and improve the way we deliver our services in the future.
We have already embraced this philosophy, through the introduction of e-draulic cutting equipment, which has improved operator safety and capability in responding to entrapments, and the Cold Cut extinguishing system currently under trial, has the potential to offer the same benefits within the structural firefighting arena.
However we want to explore further options. For example, we know that we have a heavy reliance on clean water for extinguishment,.Large volume low pressure pumps are fitted to the majority of our front line appliances, despite clear understanding that high pressure low volume is most effective for internal firefighting operations.
What are we planning to do and why?
We want to further identify where changes in equipment design, operating techniques and new innovation can enhance and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of services we provide to the public and help ensure value for money.
Reduce the impact of our firefighting and rescue operations on the environment by using our resources more efficiently.
Ensure we provide our firefighters with training, equipment, techniques and processes which enable them to operate safely and effectively.
How and when are we going to deliver this?
- We will monitor and review the effectiveness of our techniques, processes and equipment.
- We will explore all opportunities to learn from and collaborate with our partners.
- We will engage in research and development which looks both across and beyond the UK Fire sector for ideas and solutions.
- We will research new developments in technology and processes and conduct assessments and trials accordingly.
How we will measure success?
- By monitoring and disseminating the outcomes of reviews, investigations and debriefs.
- By collecting performance management data.
- By gathering evidence of improved outcomes at operational incidents and exercises captured through the operational learning system.
- Monitor and report our performance in line with the Welsh Government’s Programme of Sustainability (Well- being of Future Generations Bill).
What will this mean to you?
Engaging with new technology and innovation will allow us to introduce changes and enhancements to help improve the safety of our firefighters; improve the efficiency and outcomes of operational incidents; reduce the impact of our business and our emergency operations on the environment; and expand and enhance the learning environment for our staff. It also has the potential to reduce costs associated with these areas of activity.