Huntington’s Fire Department Will Soon Have State of Art GIS Extinguisher Detectors

by Tony E. Rutherford, News Editor
Heroic Firefighter Carl Eastham and former news reporter Dee DeLancy at Emmons Fire Memorial
Heroic Firefighter Carl Eastham and former news reporter Dee DeLancy at Emmons Fire Memorial
File Photo Tony Rutherford

When a fire apparatus responds to a call, the firefighters have a  potential response time enhancing need to know the nearest working fire extinguisher Huntington’s teams will soon have computerized technology for an even more efficient response.

GIS mapping has recently been completed by the Huntington Fire Department  which along with on truck data computer tablet like terminals will let responders know quickly the nearest hydrant.

“It will improve the knowledge of the officer rolling onto the scene about where everything is at,” Huntington Fire Chief Carl Eastham said, following a Huntington City Council work session Thursday, Nov. 21.

“When the alarm comes in, you will be able to bring up a map of where the call comes from,” he continued. The GIS map technology will allow firefighters to “see the building, the easiest route, and the hydrants.”

Chief Eastham continued, “Should you have something where there is a problem with the nearest hydrant, they will be able to see where the next working hydrant would be,” Eastham told HNN Thursday afternoon Nov. 21 following a City Council work session. In addition, “should something happen to the truck that would normally be coming to that hydrant , they will know immediately where the nearest hydrant would be.”

The system is not yet in operation but hopes to go on-line in early December.

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