FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla.- New technology is giving first responders a leg up in an emergency. Software called "Mobile Eyes" lets firefighters 'look' at the scene before they get on site.
Captain Ron Martin, the Fort Myers Beach district's Fire Marshall, is well-versed in the new technology.
When he inspects a building, he uploads critical information to a database that firefighters responding to a call can pull up on laptops or 'mobile data terminals' on the trucks.
The data includes aerial maps showing the structure and locations for the fire alarm and the nearest hydrant to establish a water supply.
According to Martin, Mobile eyes will deal with all structures that are inspected within the district, which include any occupancy that has three units or more.
Inspectors can also include the construction type, floor plans, information about the occupants or owners, and any fire code violations.
"They essentially see what i see. If we go in and we find that a sprinkler system is not operating or there are other life hazards, our firefighters will be able to have that information right at their fingertips, right as they're responding," Martin said.
The program is a joint effort between Lee County's seven southern fire districts. Phase III of the program is going into effect on Fort Myers Beach that will bridge communication between dispatchers at Lee Control and Mobile Eyes.
Right now, firefighters have to type in an address to look up information. By April 1st, the information will be sent directly to their mobile data terminals as soon as they're sent out on a call.