Laptops help speed Calif. firefighters' response

A new Computer Aided Dispatch system in the command center helps dispatchers track all of the county's fire apparatus in real time


By Allison McKinnon
The Press Enterprise

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif. — This fire season, Riverside County firefighters will no longer have to rely on Thomas Guide map books or directions scribbled on index cards to get them to a fast -moving fire.

They will have a new Computer Aided Dispatch system in the command center where dispatchers can track all of the county's fire engines in real time, making sure to send the closest engine, versus one that may be coming from a county fire station miles away.

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