The Seymour Fire Department plans to install computers on its fire trucks to help rescue efforts.
Laptops will be installed on four fire engines, giving officers in them access to road and building information, including identifying water mains, nearby hydrants, and hazardous materials storage.
Seymour Fire Chief Brad Lucas believes the computers will shorten response times.
“Instantly officer will start size up the building. If it is a fire, know where the utility shut-off are and hazmat, building contact information,” he says. “Anything like that must speed up our job or make our job a lot easier once we get there. We don’t have to gather information as much as we get there, when we get there, but on the way.”
Firefighter Jason Taskey has worked at Seymour Fire Station 1 for more than a year. He says firefighters currently rely thick books on each truck and on personal experience.
“You had to learn all the streets by memorization,” Taskey says. “Basically we take the city as there are railway tracks, north and south, and also east and west, and it is divided up into four sections. In that way we learned those sections one by one, and we sit down and label them on map. Also we will draw them out so we know them by heart.”
Chief Lucas says the laptops can also help familiarize firefighters with areas in outlying parts of Jackson County with which they are less familiar. They are slated to be installed in next two weeks.