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Financially stressed by outbreak, fire departments foray into digital

March 27, 2020

As the novel coronavirus closes down schools and businesses around the country, essential first responders and firefighters on the front lines of relief efforts have embraced digital communication and data-sharing software to stay safe and efficient, according to several local fire chiefs.

The pandemic, according to Dan Munsey, the fire chief of San Bernardino Fire and Emergency Medical Services in San Bernardino, California, is forcing the firefighting industry to innovate faster than it’s ever had to before, especially for logistics and communication. Speaking on a conference call hosted by AT&T and the FirstNet Authority, the federal agency overseeing the national public-safety communications network, Munsey said technology is helping firefighters to solve problems beyond beating back blazes.

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