Kent Fire and Rescue Service renews SteriaSTORM contract

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Steria, a provider of IT-enabled business services, has announced a new 6 year, £900k contract with Kent Fire and Rescue Service to provide it with the SteriaSTORM command and control system.

SteriaSTORM has already been used by Kent Police for the past ten years.  This new landmark contract, with a go-live date of February 2015, will enable the two emergency services to work together more effectively and to share information relating to the mobilisation of resources in response to incidents as they arise.  This will deliver a more resilient and efficient 999 service for the people of Kent and Medway, maximising the benefits of having two of their emergency services co-located within the same control room and utilising a collaborative command and control system.

Underpinned by Geographic Information System (GIS) technology, SteriaSTORM overlays real-time information about the location of emergency services resources onto detailed electronic area maps.  This enables control room operators to make rapid decisions and deploy the appropriate resources where they are required.

With SteriaSTORM, Kent Fire and Rescue Service will benefit from a modern, tried and tested solution with greater functionality and resilience than their current mobilisation system which is long overdue for replacement.  Sharing a common infrastructure with Kent Police will also be much more cost-effective for Kent Fire and Rescue Service.

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