Fire

Success story in remote connectivity: Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service have managed to reduce operational costs and they explained to FIRE how they have achieved these results.(Cutting Costs)

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Fighting fires is only part of the work of the present day fire service. Cutting people out of wrecked vehicles in road accidents, dealing with chemical spills and rescuing trapped animals are an increasing proportion of Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service's work load.

Changing political and environmental conditions mean that the service also needs to be ready to tackle major incidents such as terrorist attacks, serious transport accidents and natural disasters.

The need for around the clock remote connectivity to key back office systems is increasingly important for the 650 staff based at 21 fixed and numerous remote locations. With the launch of F5's FirePass in 2004, the service identified an innovative method of reducing its technical support overhead while improving access for remote workers. …

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