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New iPad Program Cuts Response Time, Costs for C'ville Fire Department



August 6, 2013

A new iPad system at the Charlottesville Fire Department is helping first responders respond more effectively.

The Active911 app alerts crews before the dispatch comes out, provides real-time vehicle locations and maps of apartment complexes.

Fire Chief Charles Werner says it could cut as much as 30 seconds from their reaction time.

"Our employees actually have on their personal devices the same thing. They get alerted more quickly. They react more quickly. We have geographic information that shows us exactly where the call is, which means we get out quicker, we arrive faster, and we get to the right place," said Chief Werner.

The fire department used mobile data computers for about five years. The new system costs one-fifth of the old price tag, saving the city about $50,000.

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