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Oconee Firefighters Given Information Immediately Responding To Emergencies

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Oconee Firefighters Given Information Immediately Responding To Emergencies Oconee Firefighters Given Information Immediately Responding To Emergencies
New technology helps Oconee firefighters figure out how to fight a fire before they even get on scene.

"They have the most critical up to date information all the time," says Oconee County Fire Chief Charlie King.

Oconee County Emergency Services is now using a program called Active911. When a call for help comes in, a dispatcher inputs all the information into Active911. All that information is automatically sent out to iPads in the fire engines and to the smart phones of 443 firefighters.

"They have the option to show themselves responding to the call," King says.

Once clicking respond, firefighters are given directions to the incident. Fire hydrants and information about the building pops up on the map as they get closer to the incident.

Information about the thousands of buildings in Oconee County is now available at everyone's finger tips.

King says the most important thing is that incident commanders are able to know how many units are responding. It gives them the opportunity to ask for more help.

"With a volunteer based workforce, we never really knew who was responding to the call until they got there," King says.

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