Case Study: Biometric Access Control Helps Firefighters Access Fire Station for Emergency Response
The Holiday Park Volunteer Fire Department needed to improve firefighter access to the station. In the past, members were issued a key for exterior doors, but using a traditional key system posed several issues:
- A key system did not allow for time and attendance tracking
- Lost keys were costly to reproduce
- Firefighters had to have their key with them when responding
Several options were considered when looking for a secure access system for the fire station. Ultimately, a biometric system was chosen as the most flexible option. The department went with BioLite Net devices from Suprema and ENTERTECH SYSTEMS.
“The key benefits of this system include the convenience of not having to carry a key at all times, quicker access to the doors, and the ability to track entry/exit events with the controller software,” said Mike Schuster, the system installer and a firefighter with Holiday Park.
Throughout installation, the department worked with ENTERTECH SYSTEMS, who provided both installation assistance and technical support.
“The Suprema BioLite Net devices were easy to install and easy to connect to various door lock configurations,” said Schuster. “The service we received from ENTERTECH SYSTEMS was first-rate, and was a key factor in our success with the biometric access system.”
The department is now operating with a state-of-the-art, secure access control system.
“ENTERTECH SYSTEMS has not only fulfilled our need to control access to the fire station, they have also improved our ability to respond to emergency situations in a timely manner,” concluded Schuster.
About Holiday Park
Holiday Park Volunteer Fire Department, Allegheny County Station 236, is located on State Route 286 in Holiday Park, Pennsylvania. It is one of four fire departments located in Plum Borough, Allegheny County, 15 miles east of Pittsburgh. Holiday Park and three other volunteer fire departments protect approximately 29 square miles and 36,000 residents. The department’s immediate response area consists of approximately 1,200 multi-family units, 330 businesses and 2,800 single family dwellings, along with numerous churches, schools and light industrial buildings. For more information, visit www.holidayparkvfd.org.
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