Bronx EMS Station Includes New Technologies

The vascular pattern recognition security system protects key areas of the new FDNY building, including an area for secured narcotics.

The New York City Fire Department opened its new EMS Station 27 in the Bronx on Aug. 5, with Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano joining other leaders from the department to cut the ribbon. FDNY says the building features an apparatus floor large enough for three vehicles and also two new technologies: an automatic fire door and a vascular pattern recognition security system protecting key areas, including secured narcotics.

Vascular pattern recognition is a relatively new security approach using machines to read unique vein patterns in a person's fingers and hand. It is contactless, and thus more hygienic than some alternative methods.

The automatic fire door is located between the apparatus floor and the station. It will deploy rapidly upon detection of fire in the apparatus floor area, securing the living quarters in the building and limiting smoke infiltration, according to FDNY's news release.

The vascular pattern recognition system is deployed throughout the building, which was completed by the city's Department of Design and Construction, FDNY's Facilities Management bureau, and FDNY EMS. Personnel assigned to the new station came from units across the Bronx.

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