New Technology In Defiance

Tech­nol­ogy never stands still, and those that embrace it move for­ward. Those that fail to keep up, are left behind. Now, some area first respon­ders are tak­ing a step for­ward with some ground­break­ing tech­nol­ogy that they say will allow them to more quickly respond to emer­gen­cies.

The Defi­ance Fire Depart­ment — and three oth­ers in Defi­ance County — have added the “I Am Respond­ing” sys­tem, which is a computer-based appli­ca­tion first used in the Defi­ance fire depart­ment on a trial basis in Novem­ber and Decem­ber. The Hicksville, Sher­wood and Delaware Town­ship fire depart­ments also have added the tech­nol­ogy, accord­ing to the Cres­cent News.

The sys­tem works over the inter­net, and is run through the county’s E-911 sys­tem in Defi­ance.

It can indi­cate what per­son­ell is on the way to an emer­gency, and the infor­ma­tion is avail­able on per­sonal com­put­ers, tablets, or even on the phones of emer­gency per­son­nel.

It’s rather eco­nom­i­cal too… the city’s ini­tial expense to hook up the sys­tem was $50, and the annual con­tract cost is only $800.

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