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Erie County Emergency Vehicles Equipped With New Technology

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Local first responders now have a new technology, that'll help improve the way they respond to emergencies.

Erie county is now using cutting edge technology, that we're told is going to make a big impact to public safety readiness.

With this project, nearly every police cruiser, fire truck, and ambulance in Erie county will be equipped with MDT's, or mobile data terminals.
Officials say the modern, high-speed computer systems allow first responders instant access to the 911 database.
For police, it means immediate access to information on wanted suspects, license plate information, that'll come right to their computer screens.
It replaces Erie and Millcreek police department's aged systems.
Officials say this high-tech technology is going to mean an increase in efficiency, in turn, making the community safer.

"Now they have all the data at their fingertips. Instead they had to go into a central station and had to collect the data, now it's all right there at their fingertips. It speeds everything up, it increases accuracy." Said Erie County Executive Barry Grossman.

"Having the ability to keep the officers out on the street is going to improve the efficiency. They're going to be out in their zones rather than at city hall doing their reports." Said Sgt. Rick Erdely with the Erie police department.

"This is very helpful to our police department. It allows them to do their field based responding in the field. And so it saves time in having to come back in to the police department. It keeps the officers out on the streets the maximum amount of time they can and that's much more efficient and it enhances the safety of the community overall." Said Erie Mayor Joe Sinnott.

"It's been a tremendous benefit and the technology is advancing all the time, ad we're glad to be a part of it." Said George Thomas with Emergycare.

The technology was funded by a federal grant, and a $350,000 dollar donation from LECOM.

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