Increased interest in mobile IT-use in Swedish Rescue Services

Since july 2002 when I started my research project on IT-use in emergency reesponse the interest for this topic has had an increased attention from the Swedish fire and rescue services community. Several of the largest rescue services are planning or have already made investments in information technology support for the operative personnel. In several rescue services the primary focus have been to equip command vehicles with internet-connectivity and laptops. Just a few rescue services have installed computers in the rescue vehicles. A clear trend now is to provide computing capabilities in the incident commanders vehicle. In rescue vehicles, we see on the other hand a clear trend to install routenavigators, but not a complete computing environment.

//Jonas Landgren

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