GPS Technology Helps Rural Emergency Volunteers
Frank Wideman the University of Missouri Extension natural resources engineer has taught firefighters to use GPS technology, which provides faster emergency service in Iron and Madison counties in Missouri. Wideman and volunteers located and mapped about 300 fire hydrants. Firefighters are sent the location of fire hydrants once they are dispatched. The GPS data system has cut minutes off of the response time of the emergency responders, since they already know where the nearest fire hydrant is located.