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  • 09/25/2014
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As a former Forest Service wildland firefighter, I am curious about the efficacy of active GPS tracking and improved communication systems on incidents. I was hoping to generate some discussion to get folks’ input on whether real time tracking of personnel as a safety/communication measure is beneficial and at what level. Also, what other comm issues can be improved on? What kind of trends are people seeing?

I’ve created a quick survey as well to gauge people’s interest/experiences. Feel free to take it in addition to leaving any comments. Thanks.



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  1. id33
    October 14, 2014 Reply

    I’m actually doing some research around this as well. Would love to hear what you’re working on.

  2. AK Fire
    December 8, 2014 Reply

    They are doing this in BC now. Each crew Boss has a tracker. Might be worthwhile to reserch what they use.

  3. Quinn
    January 20, 2015 Reply

    Hi I was always interested in seeing a communication link between a sawyer and swamper but without losing hearing protection . Some sort of ear piece or something

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