CO News Report: ATAK is the “Holy Grail” of Wildland Firefighting

Here’s a news report from 4 CBS Denver covering the  Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control’s use of ATAK and Persistent Systems radios (also a Licensee — they ship many of their radios with ATAK).

(credit: CBS)For ATAK fans, the best part of this was when  David Tally refers to ATAK as “The Holy Grail of firefighting” according to David Zader of Bolder Wildland Fire,  in the video.  Other points from the video are that it says that ATAK “it has been used at the Superbowl and the Boston Marathon”, and “its been used by Special Forces and the FBI for years”.  The video is definitely worth watching and its about 2 1/5 minutes.  Here’s an excerpt from the article:

The wildfire training in action exercises started on Friday and continued in Boulder on Saturday. The exercises included a helicopter spotter plane and 300 firefighters and emergency responders from 25 agencies. The drill included everything but fire. And also new technology that could save lives.

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

“We’re testing communication skills, we’re testing our pre-fire attack plans. And even an average fire year is a busy fire year. That’s a lot of risk and threat,” said Boulder Wildland Fire spokesman Dave Zader.

The new tool they’re testing could revolutionize firefighting.



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