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Control measure
Use Automatic Vehicle Location System (AVLS)

Control measure knowledge

The Automatic Vehicle Location System (AVLS) provides the exact location of individual fire and rescue service vehicles. This enables the mobilising system to propose the nearest available resource that is appropriate to dispatch to an emergency. AVLS improves efficiency, as the mobilising system knows the exact location of resources without human intervention. It also strengthens the 'speed and accuracy' dimension of resilience by enabling the fastest appropriate resources to be identified instantaneously. The system uses a road network layer to calculate the resource - calculations take resource type capabilities or restrictions into account, account for any current road conditions and distinguish whether congestion is caused by the incident or not.

See DCLG Future Control Room Services Scheme

Strategic actions

Fire and rescue services should:
  • Have suitable procedures in place to support the mobilisation of the nearest appropriate resources

Tactical actions

Incident commanders should:
  • Retrieve and mobilise the relevant resources using service systems and procedures