New mapping service for firefighters

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Firefighters in South Yorkshire will be the first in the country to use a ground-breaking new mapping service.

Ordnance Survey’s new OnDemand Web Map Tile Service allows firefighters to report on incidents they have been to and plan community safety work more accurately.

The service can link up-to-date maps with the fire service’s existing data. South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue will use the new mapping software to help plan its emergency responses, tackle hotspots for certain types of incidents and to chart where to deliver its fire and road prevention work.

The online maps are constantly updated, reducing the amount of time it takes staff to keep maps up to date.

Assistant chief fire officer Neil Hessell said: “Advanced mapping techniques are an important way for us to plan how we deliver our services and to analyse and report on our work.

“This new mapping service will allow us to do that even more accurately and more efficiently.

“The whole organisation will be able to access and use this information.”