The multi-million pound development – which is an extension to the existing Fire Service hq based at Kelvedon Park in Witham – provides a new 999 Call Centre together with training and administration facilities for over 200 staff.
“OxyReduct is providing the ultimate form of fire prevention for a new server room that’s at the heart of the development,” explained John White, ICT communications manager for ECFRS. “The new server facility runs all of the software for the integrated Command and Control of the Service as well as a wide-area network for the region.”
The project was developed in partnership with Bedfordshire’s Fire and Rescue Service which uses the same server facilities to power its own refurbished Control Centre. The original server suite is now used as a back-up to provide a resilient, dual redundant solution that’s one of the most advanced Command and Control operations in the UK.
White continued: “Not only is it vitally important to ensure that any downtime due to a fire is eliminated but, as a front line Fire and Rescue Service, we were determined to deploy the most technically advanced workplace fire protection system available. OxyReduct was clearly a perfect fit for us.”