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Fire Department On Truck Computers

These days you are just as likely to see a computer inside a fire engine or Emergency Vehicle as you are back in the firehouse. In-vehicle computer technology has become an important tool to help firefighters and officers get to incidents, find out more once they get there and mitigate any problems they run into.

Computers in apparatus also have opened up a new can of alphabet soup that firefighters must learn to work with: GIS, Geographic Information System; GPS, Global Positioning System; CAD, Computer Aided Dispatch; and AVL, Automatic Vehicle Location.
No matter what the initials, computers in fire and EMS vehicles all require three components – hardware, software, and mounting options.