HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - The new dispatch system coming to Horry County Fire Rescue is opening the doors to a new kind of technology; one that will cut minutes off the time it takes first responders to get to you in an emergency.
It's software that will work with the new dispatch system to send information to any member of the department; volunteer as well as many career firefighters, straight to their cellphones and iPads.
Horry county spans a massive area, so HCFR services an area larger than your typical fire department, and Horry County is uniquely reliant on its core of volunteers.
Now Force will list the type of call, the address, and give additional notes from dispatch. It will also tell the firefighter how long it will take to get to the call and send directions via GPS. It even shows real-time traffic patterns in case there's a tie-up.
"One touch. It pulls up on their phone and gives them a routing," he said about the technology.