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Planning ahead: Harlan Fire Dept. adapts new technology to better serve

By: Erika Glover Email
By: Erika Glover Email

HARLAN Co., Ky. (WYMT) - Firefighters at the Harlan Fire Department are using technology to better serve their county.

It's called MARPLOT and the program was designed through the Environmental Protection Agency.

First responders said they are only in the early stages, but Fire Chief Linette Hutchison said the free program is allowing her crew to take a more proactive approach to emergency situations.

"We don't just wait around for a fire to happen," said Hutchison. "We're busy doing things to keep us up-to-date and up to speed."

MARPLOT helps with response times, calculating gallons per minute, and locating bridges that might not hold a fire truck.

"What we're trying to do is create mapping layers of the city of Harlan to help us with fire fighting and chemical responses," the chief said.

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