From traffic accidents to flooding: In Amstetten, they rely on EMEREC

The Amstetten fire department in Lower Austria responds to nearly 600 operations per year. The scenes couldn't be more different: They are responsible for a section of the West Highway, there are large industrial firms in a commercial area, and naturally many operations with appartment fires right through to rescuing people in Amstetten, the district capitol with its almost 25,000 inhabitants. Due to their location on the Ybbs and proximity to the Danube in Amstetten, they have to contend with another scenario on a regular basis: flooding.

Fire protection plans for the large firms, the vehicle rescue databases for traffic accidents, or the operational plans for flooding fill many binders. The Amstetten fire department relies on the EMEREC system from Rosenbauer in order to access this data quickly and at any time.

Three EMEREC tablets for Amstetten

In total, three EMEREC tablets are is use in Amstetten. Two of them for the fire department (one in the command vehicle, one in the tank fire fighting vehicle), and one for the crisis management team of the municipality of Amstetten. The system has been filled with all relevant data and has been ready for operation for some weeks. The vehicle rescue cards are installed, and so are the hazardous substances database. Even the fire protection plans for companies located in Amstetten can now be quickly and easily called up via EMEREC.

Call up information instantaneously at the press of a button

The advantages of the EMEREC system can be well illustrated with practical examples. The Amstetten fire department is responsible for a section of the West Autobahn. If an accident occurs there, the operational team can already get a picture of the scene during the trip: via EMEREC, they have access to the corresponding traffic cameras of the ASFINAG (Austrian Autobahn operator). Dispatched vehicles can be informed about the quickest way to the scene, which can be displayed on the map. The digital vehicle rescue cards contain information, for example, on where in the car involved in the accident the battery is located or how the engine hood opens and struts can most easily be cut through in an emergency with the hydraulic rescue equipment.

For accidents with dangerous substances, the database from Hommel can be accessed immediately and therefore the right measures can be taken for the relevant materials. With EMEREC, checklists can also be called up to make sure that no details have been overlooked. So if needed, the airbag control can be displayed as a checklist in an instant and worked through step by step, for example. The EMEREC system also automatically saves an operational log book. This is very useful for later operational debriefings.

Fire protection plans always at the ready

Many commercial companies that are also located in Amstetten have provided their fire protection plans to the Amstetten Fire Department in a digital format. Each of these 200 operational plans can be brought up on the EMEREC tablet at the press of a button. In just seconds, the operational leader knows where the nearest hydrant is or the next riser. It offers the option of marking areas that should be blocked or that have to be protected from the flames. Any information entered on one of the three tablets is also visible in real-time on the other two devices.

Flooding: always in control with EMEREC

EMEREC is also very valuable in case of flooding. Plans have already been worked out that are at hand in the event of a disaster. Which areas are flooded at which water levels? Where are critical points? When do which areas have to be evacuated? These plans can be recorded digitally for EMEREC. This means that at the press of a button it becomes clear which areas are affected for the respective water levels and where effective counter-measures must be taken. An accurate weather forecast can also be called up for the region. The city and the fire department of Amstetten are incorporating EMEREC in the disaster protection system. Especially in order to monitor reservoirs and dams in the event of a flood.