FirstNet – Helping Firefighters Face Historic Wildfire Season Amid Pandemic

Kevin Nida and Chris Baker | U.S. Department of Commerce | August 6, 2021

As the fires and the pandemic continue to pose a double threat, many fire agencies have been relying more on mobile devices, such as tablets, smart phones, and laptops to receive information to support critical responder needs. Whether it’s staying connected to enable virtual briefings to command in line with pandemic protocols or relying on technology to help contend with reduced visibility or map out terrain on the fire line, technology has helped firefighters stay flexible and adapt in these trying times.

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