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GPS Technology Helps Track Firefighters

Dispatch Can Keep ‘Eye’ On Fire Department Vehicle Locations. A Northern California fire department is using technology that helps dispatchers keep an “eye” on firefighters and their equipment. Santa Rosa’s fire department uses the same type of technology as global positioning systems, or GPS. It lets dispatchers watch a screen and keep track of every fire truck’s every move. Every time Santa Rosa Engine No. 3 leaves its station, every time it arrives on scene for a house fire or car accident and every time it turns a corner or comes to a stop, someone at central dispatch could be watching. “I can just double click on a unit and see where they’re at. I don’t have to ask them,” said dispatch supervisor Dave Bertrand. Full Story

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