Batavia firefighters using new technology to help save lives

Updated: 02/27/2014 7:36 PM
Created: 02/27/2014 7:35 PM WHEC.com

Firefighters in Batavia are adopting some familiar technology to help them save lives. Police have been using computers in their cars for years and now Batavia firefighters will be using iPads in their fire trucks.  

The iPads will display 911 call information, hydrant locations and directions, along with other crucial information that will allow fire crews to be quicker and more effective in responding to calls.

Lt. Robert Fix, Batavia Fire Department, said, "It's going to allow them less time with their head in a book and more time looking down the road seeing what's coming up and accessing the situation. Before they are down to the next intersection, they can be looking at the scene with an overhead view with pictometry and know where the hydrant is. That allows them more time on the way to see do I have smoke showing in the sky? Do I have people running around the scene.”

Lieutenant Fix says he's proud to be on the forefront of getting technology like this into their vehicles. The hope is that other departments will adopt similar technology in the near future.

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