A Brief Guide On The Application Of RFID To Fire Emergencies

A Brief Guide On The Application Of RFID To Fire Emergencies

A Brief Guide On The Application Of RFID To Fire Emergencies

Fire emergencies are one of the most common types of emergencies at schools, in workplaces, residential buildings, and other areas. In fact, in Singapore, over 1,000 fire incidents occurred in residential buildings while more than 380 took place in non-residential facilities in 2020 alone. Although there has been a decrease in the number of fire emergencies compared to the previous years, the figure still remains alarming.

For this reason, it is important for the government as well as the non-government sectors to come up with better measures to enhance fire safety and fire emergency management within the country. With one of the most effective methods being the adoption of RFID solutions.

Hence, it is clear that there are various reasons of RFID’s importance in firefighting measures, especially in Singapore. So, read on below as we’ll be delving into the enormous application of RFID to fire emergency management.

The adoption of RFID solutions in managing fire emergencies

Fire emergencies are quite common in Singapore, especially in residential areas. Since Singapore is extremely dense, a single fire incident in a residential area can already pose a serious threat, as it can ultimately affect many families and lead to structural damage. Because of this, the Singapore government is constantly adopting various solutions to improve its management of fire emergencies.

One of these solutions that the government has continuously adopted for years now is the use of RFID technology. In 2011, the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) particularly ordered a great supply of passive RFID technology to enable the government to track various emergency equipment, such as fire extinguishers and portable pumps, at different fire stations located across the country.

Since then, passive RFID tags and RFID handheld readers have been widely used in managing fire safety and fire emergencies in Singapore. The main purpose of adopting these RFID solutions was to replace SCDF’s then existing processes of manual checks and data collection via human labour, which are prone to human errors, wastage of time and resources.

Various applications of RFID to fire emergency management

RFID solutions can have various specific applications to the improvement of fire safety and the management of fire emergencies. These include:

  • To monitor firefighting facilities

Monitoring firefighting facilities is one of the most beneficial applications of RFID towards the area of fire safety. Each firefighting facility or equipment that needs monitoring can be turned into RFID tools simply by affixing them with RFID tags for easy identification of target objects and obtaining of object information.

The use of RFID smart sensors on firefighting facilities can also make it easier to transmit the working conditions of the facilities in real time, to understand the operations of the firefighting equipment, and to conduct timely checks for fire hazards.

  • To track inventory

Fire stations usually have a variety of equipment in store or in use in their facilities – these pieces of equipment are all important in carrying out successful firefighting operations. Hence, the cost of missing an essential piece of equipment on site can affect operations massively.

Very often, inaccurate inventory of firefighting equipment is caused by human error. To eliminate this problem, RFID solutions can be applied so that the inventory of each fire truck becomes more accurate by up to 95 to 99 per cent.

  • To locate items

With hundreds of pieces of equipment to keep track of, misplacement or mismanagement is inevitable, and this can cost a significant amount of time and money. Especially in emergency cases, being unable to locate an essential firefighting equipment can have dire consequences.

With the use of RFID, locating items and pieces of equipment can be made easier and more efficient. An RFID tool tracking system enables the quick detection of any item within the range of the reader, so it can be easily located and returned to its proper place.

Conclusion

Time is of the essence in managing fire emergencies. The practical uses and applications of RFID make it possible for fire stations and departments to handle fire emergencies with greater ease and efficiency.

With its advantages and ability to minimise human error and wastage of time, RFID is undoubtedly a vital solution in enhancing fire safety and fire emergency management  across the world.