Printers at fire stations enable fire fighters and emergency medical personnel to receive initial incident information automatically on their station printers when an apparatus from their station is dispatched. This printout includes information about the location of the incident (address, place name, cross streets, etc.), any hazardous materials that might be present, and the initial description entered by the dispatcher. Not only does this provide an extra margin of safety, it also reduces radio traffic since personnel have everything they need before they even leave the station.
When the incident is closed, a completed copy of the incident form is automatically printed at all stations that responded. In addition, a dispatcher can direct RIMS to print an up-to-the-minute copy of the incident at the station at any time, and the fire station PC running the program displays a continuously updated list of the status of all fire apparatus.