UPDATED: Thursday, July 19, 2012 - 4:30pm
COLLEGE STATION -- In an emergency, response times are critical.
Now thanks to a FEMA grant and some funding from the city of College Station, the six fire stations in town will be equipped with a new alert system that could mean the difference between life and death.
In a crisis Captain Chris Kelly says every second counts.
"It can make the difference between a fire getting too large or from it doing more damage and with medical calls being able to get there and do interventions quicker. "
Maxed out to its capacity, the current radio alerting system in College Station, is more than 30 years old.
This fall a sixth station will open bringing the total number of emergency calls to more than 7,000 a year but thanks to funding from the city and FEMA, communication will be faster.
"The simpler we can make this process, the quicker we can turn out, the less chance we have for a misunderstanding information and things like that," said Bart Humphreys with the College Station Fire Department.
The benefits of the new system include: alerting multiple stations at once, varying tones for different emergency situations and when a call comes in at night, only the responders needed will be alerted.
Helping with firefighter fatigue.
"It's actually be proven that the less interruptions you have, the better off you're going to be when responding to an emergency call," said Cpt. Kelly.
The system costs around $515,000 and installation will begin next month.