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TFD upgrading decades-old alert system

Posted at 5:37 PM, Nov 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-14 18:37:35-05

TULSA, Okla. — Tulsa Fire Department will be using $3 million to fix a decades-old system, thanks to the money granted to them in the Improve Our Tulsa renewal package.

When you call 9-1-1 for a fire, the call goes to dispatch, who has to alert the proper stations. But the system used to alert those stations has been in place since the 1990s.

The new system takes the information from dispatch, figures out the correct stations and equipment a scene needs, and alerts them all at once.

It's a change that could save precious seconds.

"The sooner we can get our firefighters on the trucks and out the door, the sooner we can get that life-saving assistance to our citizens," said Andy Little with Tulsa Fire Department.

Once the department gets the money, it will then need to implement the change without having to shut down the old system.

Tulsa Fire also will get $23 million for fire equipment as part of Improve Our Tulsa, which means they'll be able to continue upgrading their fleet with new fire engines and ladders where they're needed.

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