New fire command unit launched in Bo’ness

260512 New fire command unit at boness fire station.
260512 New fire command unit at boness fire station.

A STATE-OF-THE-ART command unit was unveiled at Bo’ness Fire Station on Monday, from where it will be sent to major incidents across the central belt.

Costing £80,000, Central Scotland Fire and Rescue Service’s most technologically advanced vehicle will boost command and control capabilities when four or more engines are called out.

Thanks to the newly refurbished unit’s specialist IT systems, officers can use interactive SMART board maps, showing hydrant positions, exclusion zones plus locations of other emergency vehicles.

This information will benefit crew, partner agencies and the media.

Via a satellite and internal cameras, senior officers can tune in remotely, for up-to-the-minute briefings. And rolling news programmes are available.

Chief fire officer Kenneth Taylor said: “This is a major step forward for the service.

“The new command unit now contains the very latest in communications technology which will be of significant value to our officers and firefighters not only on the ground but also at remote locations as well as to other emergency services.

“We now have a solid building block on which to continue to add to this technology as it develops.”