The Peoria Fire Department has a new emergency fire alert system. It’s an automated voice that makes the initial pronouncement for EMS and fire calls. The automated alert system is from Locution Systems.
The voice you might initially hear on a scanner is the voice of a real person whose name is Debbie. She’s a music teacher from Wisconsin. Assistant Fire Chief Ed Olehy says working with Debbie to get localized pronunciations for the automation made all the difference in the department’s decision to go with Locution. “If it was a weird street like Louisa or Hurlburt, the digital sound didn’t come out like that. We’re able to call Debbie up and say, ‘we need it to be pronounced THIS way,’ and she can go back and phonetically say it, which makes it so much better than a normal system.”
Peoria Fire Chief Chuck Lauss says they are, “anticipating anywhere from 20-40 seconds of reduction time because it goes out to all the fire stations at the same time. It also reduces time lag of having to dispatch each station individually.”
The new automated alerting system also has the flexibility to host other components. It can automate the lights, shut-off the stove and open the garage doors which help increase firefighter safety and save time.
For more information please visit: www.locution.com