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Brockway Vol. Hose Company installs iPads in trucks

A Jefferson County fire department recently installed new technology to better assess situations and become more efficient. (Brockway Vol. Hose Company)

BROCKWAY - A Jefferson County fire department recently installed new technology in its trucks to better assess situations and become more efficient.

The Brockway Volunteer Hose Company recently equipped three of its engines with 4G iPads.

The iPads use a program called I Am Responding to provide responders with detailed mapping and directions, hydrant locations, alternative water sources, landing zones and weather conditions. Brockway Volunteer Hose Company has been using the I Am Responding program for several years.

Chief Ralph Reed said the iPads will beneficial for new members or people who move to the area and join the department.

Reed said the upgrades will make the department more efficient and do more with less manpower.

"Brockway is unique because all of our hydrants are one block back off Main Street," Reed said. "They are sometimes hidden or you're not able to see them, so it makes it easier to find the hydrants a lot faster. It also shows us which ones flow better so we can hit the best hydrant for that area."

Reed said three additional iPads will be installed in the fire chiefs personal cars to help with efficiency.

He said the technology cost the department approximately $5,500 and was paid for by donations from the community.



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