Benton Firefighters Use Technology For Information, Communication

(BENTON, IL) — It seems firefighters in Benton are using I-Pads to receive information before getting to a fire or some other incident in the city. The fire department recently updated the software program it uses called “I AM RESPONDING” to not only get dispatch calls but to get information through the I-Pad that is mounted inside the fire trucks. The software includes such things like mapping, hazards that firefighters may encounter with the call, where they can find Automated External Defibrillators – or more commonly known as AEDs – key holders names and fire hydrant locations. By using this software, it helps firefighters know what to expect ahead of time instead of trying to find out what’s going on when they arrive to an emergency. The fire department currently has four I-Pads for firefighters to use. They were $400 each and bought with funds from the department’s equipment fund.