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Fire services dept to deploy GPS for emergency management

India: Fire tenders in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh will soon be equipped with GPS and video cameras, which will enable quick response during emergencies.

The initiative, touted as the first-of-its-kind in the country, will not only allow the fire-fighters reach the location of fire mishaps quickly, but also provide them with guidance in the fire fighting operation.

“The GPS-based system enabled with video cameras will be launched in about a month”s time. In the first phase, GPS system and cameras will be installed in 150 fire engines across the state,” a senior Fire Department official said.

A centralised control room will be set up in Hyderabad which will be connected with the GPS system. This would help in monitoring the movement of fire vehicles and determine where the fire incident has occurred and accordingly the fire fighters would be guided along the route and to reach the scene through shortest distance.

The fire fighters have already been provided with SIM-based tablets, which will be installed with GPS technology and related software.

Source: Zee News