New computers will provide firefighters vital information at crucial moments


Indiana American Water Co. recently awarded Seymour Fire Department with a $500 Firefighter Grant and five new laptop computers to be used in the city's fire trucks to provide firefighters with Geographic Information System capabilities. Pictured from left are Roger Maynard, manager of operations for Indiana American Water, Seymour Fire Chief Brad Lucas, Montie Dunn, Seymour operation superintendent for Indiana American Water, firefighter Jeff Montgomery and Mayor Craig Luedeman.

Seymour firefighters rolling up to a fire no longer will have to flip through a binder full of sometimes outdated and hard-to-read street maps to locate hydrants while en route.

Firetrucks soon will be equipped with laptop computers to provide the city’s 40 firefighters with a quicker and more efficient way to look up information needed to help fight a fire and keep themselves and others safe.

“We’ll not have only access to the closest hydrant, water mains and nearby hydrants but also what we call pre-plans,” Seymour Fire Chief Brad Lucas said Friday. “We would know exactly where possible flammable and ­hazardous materials such as ammunition are stored and where the utilities are.”

Knowing that information ahead of time can help protect the safety of responding firefighters as they arrive at a fire, he said.

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