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Councils support the Fire Service in modernisation

Posted: 24 August 2007

Local councils are in the vanguard of helping emergency services to get to the right place as efficiently as possible.
How? By providing comprehensive information on addresses and streets which every council has to collect.
The information is then handled through the National Land and Property Gazetteer and National Street Gazetteer services, and sent to the newly establish Regional Fire Control Centres.
In the past when someone dialled 999 for the fire service the call could have gone to the most local Control Centre linked to each of the 46 local Fire and Rescue Authorities. Government is now introducing nine streamlined, amalgamated control centres, where a call will be moved to the first available operator. Underpinning this is the need to locate places nationally, and quickly through the sharing of the standard geographic information (maps and addresses).
Local Government's Improvement and Development Agency, has delivered a massive procurement project, called the Mapping Services Agreement, to ensure that Councils, Police, Fire, Passenger Transport Executives, National Parks and other local government organisations have access to the same geographic data, enabling them to co-ordinate their response to any large-scale incident ranging from an environmental disaster to a terrorist attack.
24 August 2007

Notes to Editors:
The Improvement and Development Agency (IDeA) The IDeA works in partnership with all councils, to enhance the performance of the best, accelerate the speed of improvement of the rest, and develop the sector as a whole. IDeA has brokered the Mapping Services Agreement (MSA) with Intelligent Addressing to develop the NLPG and NSG, through the Local Government Information House (LGIH), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Agency.
The NLPG was initiated in 1999 to become the master address dataset for England and Wales and the central hub for the 376 address creating Local Authorities and their Local Land and Property Gazetteers (LLPGs).
Intelligent Addressing is a specialist private sector consultancy (an SME) employing recognised experts in addressing. It was originally set up to help develop the National Land and Property Gazetteer (NLPG) on behalf of local government and now manages the NLPG and NSG central data hubs under the terms of the Mapping Services Agreement (MSA) with local government.
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