The latest update on the Availability Messaging System (AMS) project which is aimed at delivering a nationwide system to assist in our response to fire and emergencies.

Below is the latest update on the Availability Messaging System (AMS) project which is aimed at delivering a nationwide system to assist in our response to fire and emergencies.

What’s been happening?

At the start of July, we tested the design (functionality and behaviour) of the Availability Messaging System (AMS) with over 240 volunteers to check that the system runs well and is easy to use. Following this testing, the design has now been endorsed by the AMS reference group and will be approved next week by the business owner, Nigel Lilley, Chief Fire Officer Rolleston.

Meanwhile, we have started the setup activities for the AMS build with development starting at the beginning of August. The AMS reference group will be closely involved in the development as it progresses.

What’s next?

Development will be completed in November in time for the AMS app to be demoed at the United Fire Brigades’ Association (UFBA) conference.

Following the UFBA conference, approximately five brigades and fire forces will pilot AMS through December 2018 and January 2019. This will be followed by a national rollout beginning with the 70 or so brigades currently using Volunteer Availability Communications System (VACS) first, followed by those brigades and fire forces who opt in to AMS.

Further background about the project

The AMS project aims to deliver a system to meet the need for accurate, up-to-date information about the availability of volunteers and the wider organisation to respond to fires and emergencies. We also need the system to provide information on who is responding to a request to attend an incident so we can ensure we have the right people in the right place at the right time.

More information can be found on the Portal project page.

 

The Availability Messaging System (AMS) project team visit Wellington City and Tawa stations.

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