Digital signage is not always about advertising. It is an effective source for delivering lifesaving information. LED fire department signs are designed particularly for firefighters – to help them train, get information with regard to ongoing fires as well as relax with some entertaining content.
Benefits for fire stations
Every single day, a large amount of information is relayed to fire departments via email, phone calls and paperwork. To access email, fire officers must log in, read, print and post or verbally inform team members regarding the relevant news. The information conveyed is very liquid, and is constantly changing. Furthermore, firefighters work 24 hours a day, so this information must be updated quickly and must also be conveyed to firefighters fast. With digital fire department signs, officers can send a message to all areas within their department or to all neighboring fire stations within seconds. Content is updated on indoor LED displays and the information and meeting reminders keep rotating as per given instructions.
In the fire department, firefighters are required to perform mandatory fire drills for an hour every day while on duty. Which means training never ends at the fire station. Mornings are often so busy that safety talk and drills often happen over coffee. With the help of digital media players, electronic signs have the ability to store over 300 drill videos that can be played on demand. Safety, EMT and HazMat are some of the topic categories based on which drills can be recorded. To keep content fresh, these drill videos can be changed on a regular basis.
Fire departments also need to stay up-to-date with the weather conditions within their area. By linking real time systems to digital signage, the local weather for each particular area can be displayed on the relevant screen every few minutes.
In addition to the weather, fire department signs should also be updated with regular news agencies. Fact checked information should be displayed to keep firefighters in the loop with the happenings within their environment.
What kind of content can be displayed?
It is important for firefighters to have easy access to a wide range of training videos. Another important type of content essential for fire department signs is a loop of entertaining content that caters to firefighters. For example, fire history, new firefighting equipment, fire house cooking episodes, and new fire apparatus. Videos created by actual firefighters while on the field should also be added to the library along with government first responder videos that are often otherwise buried away.
Fire officers must have complete access to the content management system where they can post critical data and information such as street closures, broken fire hydrants, upcoming training sessions, new training videos and so on.
What type of displays should be used?
LED Craft Inc has a wide range of digital displays varying in terms of sizes and resolution quality. Depending on your requirements such as placement, distance from viewers, viewing angles, and so on, our team of signage experts will advice you with the best displays for your fire department.
How does digital signage systems help increase productivity in a fire department?
With digital fire department signs, the rescue team has access to training videos every time they are not on the field. Digital content on LED signage is always available as per their schedules, regardless of what time of day or night it is. They do not need to reach a separate location to get to lectures or training sessions. This means they are always available for calls in their area – thereby saving time and money for the department.
Furthermore, by integrating real-time information, firefighter teams are shown which location they should be dispatched to. As a result, the entire department is aware of which team is at which location at a certain point in time.
Firefighters can also post images of themselves on the field – rescue operations, new truck photos, department history photos, and other highlights which will greatly improve the staff morale.
Fire department budgets are often limited, which means they must keep their monthly service low and affordable. We understand special client situations and try our best to offer flexible financing schemes to fund your fire department signs.
The good news is that fire departments can earn a revenue with their LED signage investment. Now that magazines are going digital and firefighters are always at the station in between calls, fire equipment manufacturers are looking for ways to reach this target market. By offering them advertising space on your digital displays in return for a fee, a decent income can be earned.
So don’t be discouraged by the heavy initial investment for fire department signs because not only is it effective in saving lives, in the long run, it can also save costs as there will be no printing required and advertising revenues will increase.