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GIS CoverageThe Orland Fire Protection District prides itself on using technology to make the responses and operations of the District more efficient. The District has incorporated technology into the response of the equipment by utilizing Graphical Information System (GIS). GIS integrates hardware, software, and data for capturing, managing, analyzing, and displaying all forms of geographically referenced information. This data helps to dispatch the closest available vehicle to emergencies or determine the locations of fire hydrants. GIS data is also used to determine responds trends and make adjustments based on current demand levels.

All EMS units are equipped with laptop computers to record patient care and log our information with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). Paramedics transmit cardiac arrhythmia strips to the ER while transporting the patient. This technology provides the ER Doctor with critical treatment information prior to the patient reaching the hospital.

All Orland Fire Protection District facilities are connected using microwave technology, eliminating the need for expensive phone lines. The system is reliable and robust, allowing the District to transmit video feeds between fire stations and communicating several sources of data.

The Orland Fire Protection District has partnered with Motorola Corporation to use technology that electronically tracks the accountability of firefighters working on an emergency scene. The District is constantly working with vendors such as Motorola to provide input and feedback on their products so that the best equipment available for our firefighters.