Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service are installing state-of-the-art CCTV systems on their appliances to increase security and provide additional video coverage at emergency incidents.
The 6-camera system provides 360 degree coverage of the appliances; 1 is mounted internally (front-road facing on dash) and the other 5 externally.
Assistant Chief Fire Officer Simon Hardiman said:
“I am really pleased with the introduction of CCTV on our emergency response vehicles as this will add value to the Service in terms of providing operational learning opportunities, clarity when investigating any incidents and also acting as a deterrent if individuals choose to attack our crews.
“The CCTV will also provide an additional level of security for our vehicles and stations as it will be switched on 24 hours a day, therefore capturing images, such as attempted break-ins to our stations as we have previously experienced.
“CCTV on our vehicles is one step in a series, with further work underway to introduce additional CCTV on our stations, body worn cameras for staff and also on our specialist Incident Command Unit.
“These steps are designed to ensure we continue to provide excellent service to our communities and make Shropshire safer.”
There are currently 5 fire engines using the system, with 10 more being introduced over the next 18 months.