Council approves new computers for Eastpointe Fire Department

By: Bria Brown | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published August 24, 2016

 A look inside the Eastpointe Fire Department’s Engine 1 shows where the new Dell Latitude 14 Rugged computer will be installed to replace an old computer and be compatible with the new CLEMIS Computer Aided Dispatch system.

A look inside the Eastpointe Fire Department’s Engine 1 shows where the new Dell Latitude 14 Rugged computer will be installed to replace an old computer and be compatible with the new CLEMIS Computer Aided Dispatch system.

Photo by Bria Brown

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EASTPOINTE — During the Eastpointe City Council meeting Aug. 16, council members authorized the city manager to purchase three new mobile data computers for Eastpointe Fire Department engines 1 and 2 and ladder truck 1.

According to a memorandum to council, the computers will replace 6-year-old computers in engines 1 and 2, and one computer will be added to ladder truck 1, which does not have a mobile data computer. The current computers in use are not compatible with the new CLEMIS Computer Aided Dispatch, or CAD, system that will go live in September. CLEMIS stands for Courts and Law Enforcement Management Information System.

CAD provides firefighters with computerized dispatch information while en route and at the scene of fire and emergency incidents. The information includes address information, dispatch notes, hydrant locations, mapping and occupancy information, according to the memorandum.

Eastpointe Fire Department Deputy Chief Larry Folkerts stated in an email that the new computers will allow the department to be on one common system.

“Our change over to CLEMIS is part of an upgrade with our dispatch center, SERESA. Currently, police and fire are on different systems. The current fire system is outdated and no longer being supported by its vendor. This upgrade is meant to utilize one common system to streamline dispatching,” explained Folkerts.

SERESA, the South East Regional Emergency Services Authority, is a combined dispatch center for St. Clair Shores, Roseville and Eastpointe that began operations in December 2010.

Eastpointe City Manager Steve Duchane stated that the new computers are necessary.

“These things are really vital for modern efficiency in delivery of fire and paramedic services. It is truly where technology has made this business more effective and efficient,” said Duchane. 

The computers being purchased are the Dell Latitude 14 Rugged computer costing $2,353.23 each, including a five-year accidental damage service and coverage plan, according to the memorandum. The total cost of the three computers is $7,059.69.

The Dell Latitude 14 Rugged computer meets all CLEMIS specifications for the new system and will be budgeted from the Fire Department operating equipment account, according to the memorandum.

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