INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY: FIRE DEPARTMENT NETWORK

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INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY: FIRE DEPARTMENT NETWORK
Problem Identification:
Fire Department locations are not networked. There is no e-mail within the department. Fire Department administrators access information from the CAD (Computer Aided Dispatch) System through dial-in lines.

Recommended Action:
Connect all Fire Department facilities to the Metropolitan Area Network.

Classification:
Service Improvement

Functional/Operational Area:
Fire Department

Estimated Annual Impact:
Cannot be Estimated

Estimated Implementation Costs:
Not Determined

Barriers to Implementation:
Lack of IT staff in the Fire Department to accomplish the implementation.

Projected Implementation:
180 days

Next Steps:
Develop network specifications in conjunction with the City’s central IT department, issue a request for proposal, and select a vendor for implementation.

Analysis:
Networking the Fire Department’s facilities is essential to improve communications and enabling the achievement of future operating efficiencies.