The district presented the new technology at fire district headquarters at 300 Middlefield Road on Nov. 8. The $10,390 used to fund this pilot project was a gift from Heffernan Insurance Brokers, based in Walnut Creek but with offices in Menlo Park, and Fireman's Fund Insurance Company, based in Novato, Chief Schapelhouman said.
The Menlo Park district's ladder truck and its battalion command vehicle will be similarly equipped, but financed with public funds. The fire district serves Menlo Park, Atherton, East Palo Alto and nearby unincorporated areas.
"The rapid growth of mobile technology and ongoing need to evolve emergency services has inspired the Fire District to re-evaluate its operational efficiencies and the ways in which it conducts its day to day business," Emergency Services Manager Ryan Zollicoffer said in the the district's announcement.
The district converted its existing paper documents into a format compatible with iPads and now uses them to review floor plans ahead of building inspections. The new technology saves money by reducing administrative overhead. Other possible applications include hydrant and vehicle inspections and patient care.
This story contains 282 words.
Stories older than 90 days are available only to subscribing members. Please help sustain quality local journalism by becoming a subscribing member today.
If you are already a subscriber, please log in so you can continue to enjoy unlimited access to stories and archives. Subscriptions start at $5 per month and may be cancelled at any time.