Little Rock Fire uses RFID to track Assets and Inventory
The Fire Operations Division consists of twenty-one Engine Companies, eight Ladder Companies, one Heavy Rescue (USAR) and one Hazardous Materials Unit, Bomb Squad, thirteen Battalion Chiefs, and six Squad Units. These companies respond from twenty-two strategically-located fire stations within the City. The City is divided into four fire battalions and commanded by four Battalion Chiefs each day.
Besides fire protection, other services provided by the Operations Division include:
- Urban Search and Rescue, (high angle, water, trench, etc.)
- Extractions from automobile accidents, construction accidents, etc.
- Hazardous Materials Response
- Water Tanker
- Bomb Squad (FBI Certified)
Operations Division personnel are also responsible as first responders on trauma and medical calls. Each employee possesses EMT certification and is able to provide basic life support.
The city of Little Rock Fire Department uses IntelliView from Silent Partner Technologies to track medical supplies and will move towards assets with a future phased rollout. For the medical supplies, they use the RFID inventory and asset tracking for Fire & EMS to reorder and replenish supplies at their main logistics. They also use it for daily counts and truck checks of medical supplies. The system keeps track of expirations and lot numbers in the event of a recall the items can be found within minutes. The last seen location of the items is updated on every count, if the counts are done daily there is a pretty good idea of where the item currently resides. With the seeker function of the handheld, the tag information can be entered and the tag in question found within seconds.