Selma, TX — There's an app for just about everything these days. Technology has changed how we do the simplest of tasks and the most important, includes saving lives. Justin Horne shows us how a fired department in Texas is putting iPads in the hands of it's firefighters, to increase response time and safety.
Selma's Fire Department is closing the door on the old and embracing the new iPads are a hot commodity these days, but these iPads are potentially saving lives.
Fire Chief Ric Braun, Selma Fire Dept., "It's right here, it's all there for ya."
Fire Chief Ric Braun was approached with the idea and was sold. The Selma Fire Department purchased two iPads, loaded with all the information they would ever need, "It tells us where the disconnects are for the utilities, is there any ammonium nitrate? Home Depot, Lowes, we respond to both of them -- do we have oxidizers?"
Lt. Anthony Lowman, Selma Fire Dept., "And we know exactly where all the exits are, where all the extinguishers are, where the best access is for our fire trucks and our personnel."
Important details fire departments need to know and information they have, just not all in one spot. For instance, in order to get commercial business layouts, firefighters used to have to thumb through a thick notebook.
Justin Horne, "This is what technology can do for you. They're going from this to this and all of this info is at their fingertips."
Lt. Anthony Lowman, "Where we can get to the information quickly, and scan through it, not have to worry about flipping through, losing our place."
These iPads also come in handy for taking pictures and video when needed, weather apps are also useful Lt. Anthony Lowman, "These are all plotted hydrants."
Along with maps of all important fire hydrants, making this technology priceless for these firefighters, Fire Chief Ric Braun, "Anything you can put in your truck to help your crew is worth the money."