Echo Rural Fire Protection District Keeps on Truckin’

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ECHO — In a city that spans less than 1 square mile, an unassuming fire station sits at the edge of downtown.

Today, the ERFPD is able to respond to emergencies using an app called Active911, which provides key dispatch details right to a first responder’s phone. But Enright, who joined the fire district volunteer crew in the early 1970s with her late husband, Tom, who was fire chief, remembers a different time completely.

“When we joined, they didn’t have a paging system,” Enright said.“We had less fire trucks and old equipment.

Instead, there were three fire phones — including one at a local tavern — and whenever the district got a call, the crew would run down to the station to set off the fire alarm.

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Safety on the Trails with Active911

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“Training participants practiced using an app, Active 911. Dispatchers ping the caller’s cellphone location and send coordinates to emergency responders through the app. The location shows up on a map that includes roadways and trailways. The map also shows and updates the location of fellow responders in real time.

Part of the training was to evaluate the application’s accuracy, which proved to be on point.”

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