The Chicago Fire Department, (CFD) has chosen MCM Technology’s Real Time Asset Management System to manage the lifecycle of all Fire Department assets and fire houses. Chicago’s Fire Department is the one of the largest in the United States, covering 228 square miles, serving a population of nearly 3 million. The City also operates the world’s largest Advance Life Support Ambulance System. The scope of the assets to be managed includes CFD’s 99 Engine Companies, 59 Truck Companies, 75 Ambulance Companies, 5 Command Vans, 4 Squad Companies, Bicycles, Segways, SUV’s, Sedans and spare apparatus. Given the broad scope and the fact that Chicago is the third-largest city in the country, the project is complex in nature, which requires a software platform capable of recording and reporting all activities associated with the movement and handling of these mission critical assets.
The MCM Application will allow the Bureau to manage all assets, as well as properly maintain and repair all CFD Support Services equipment. Such equipment includes air masks (SCBA’s), generators, apparatus rigs, rig equipment, hoses, and all other mission critical equipment that is essential to the life and property-saving operations of the department. This is the second implementation of the MCM application in the City, as the MCM solution serves as the platform that allows for the management and maintenance of all of the Fire Department’s communications equipment, as well as all of the Police Department’s portable data terminals.
Chicago Fire Commissioner Raymond Orozco said; “We determined that we needed a system that provides for the effective tracking and monitoring of all of our mission critical assets. Both the software application as well as the staff at MCM is a good fit for our needs. We had seen how well the software worked with our communications assets; we were impressed that we could get the same high level of accountability for our hardware and rolling stock.”
Commenting on Chicago’s decision, MCM Chief Executive Officer Dan Catan commended Commissioner Orozco’s decision to employ MCM, stating, “Our staff knows first hand of his commitment to the safety of his First Responders, as well as his commitment to the safety of the Chicago residents and visitors. His department’s choice of MCM’s solution speaks volumes to the entire public safety community given the complex nature and size of his operations. In addition to the safety aspect of the application, the MCM system will save them time, money and maintain up-to-date and accurate records. MCM is proud to call Chicago a client and we look forward to a long relationship”.