Deputy Chief Christopher DeGrave, right, of the Kingston Fire Dept. accepts a $3,600 FM Global Fire Prevention Grant from employees Jay Cannon, left, and Pat Leonard Thursday. The money will be used in conjunction with a separate grant for the Emergency Management Agency to install computer tablets in every vehicle in the department's fleet, which will contain updated mapping information and building schematics. Cannon is also a volunteer in the department and Leonard is a former volunteer. Photo: Michael Derr

Deputy Chief Christopher DeGrave, right, of the Kingston Fire Dept. accepts a $3,600 FM Global Fire Prevention Grant from employees Jay Cannon, left, and Pat Leonard Thursday. The money will be used in conjunction with a separate grant for the Emergency Management Agency to install computer tablets in every vehicle in the department’s fleet, which will contain updated mapping information and building schematics. Cannon is also a volunteer in the department and Leonard is a former volunteer. Photo: Michael Derr

From The Independent:

[pullquote]The Kingston Fire District has received new technology that will help firefighters fight flames. While the three tablet computers can’t physically put out fires, they can quickly provide district members with the tools and information needed in certain circumstances.
Fire officials announced the district received a $3,600 fire prevention grant from FM Global tor the purchase of the tablets at its Nov. 12 meeting. In addition, the district has purchased several other devices to equip its vehicles so fire calls can be linked to the devices, allowing GPS navigation to the site of a call, or to quickly get answers for emergency response questions about chemicals or extrication, for example.
“It’s really a huge step up because in the past we’ve carried this information in lots and lots of books in the cabs of the trucks,” said Chief Nate Barrington. “There’s a lot information we can use on scene now. For example, electric cars are complicated. There’s an [application] we can download that tells us where batteries are, where power sources are.”
Barrington added the district is working with the University of Rhode Island to develop a mobile map of the university’s facilities and dormitories that would include the locations of various chemicals. The Kingston Fire District serves homes in Kingston as well as the URI campus.
-By Stephanie Turaj | Staff Writer[/pullquote] The original article can be found here.