The equipment included 15 iPads, six infant carriers, and a hazardous material air cart. The items were on the departments “unmet needs” list, and were paid for by donations given to the foundation after the May wildfires by local businesses and members of the community.
“The community showed up during the May fires really to show gratitude for the first responders for the job that they do,” said Foundation Executive Director Wendy Robinson.
The iPads will be used to improve communication between crews, battalion chiefs or shift commanders with the use of mapping technology while in the field. The six pediatric rescue carriers can be used to carry infants during cliff or air rescues, while the new air cart will replace the one the department has had for the last 15 years.
“All of this technology is really meant to save lives,” said Fire Chief Javier Mainar. “We do a lot of heroic things everyday that don’t make the media but the degree that we can make things safer and more efficient for our crews enhances our service level to the community and that’s what were all about.”