Ind. department gets firefighter tracking system

The ultrasonic firefighter tracking system developed following the 2007 Charleston Sofa Super Store fire that killed nine firefighters


By FireRescue1 Staff

VINCENNES, Ind. — An Indiana fire department is getting new equipment to help save the lives of firefighters.

The Vincennes Fire Department has received an ultrasonic firefighter tracking system that works with sensors in firefighters' airpacks, according to WTHI.

The devices can help locate downed firefighters in low visibility, and also help rescuers locate doors to escape.

"Firefighters run into situations where we could be trapped anytime, so we try to prepare ourselves and we're training on this new system now," said Fire Chief Mike Lankford.

The system was developed following the 2007 Charleston Sofa Super Store fire that killed nine firefighters.

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