10/29/08 111 W - + 14 - 10 LAFD's One-Man Geek Squad Brings Web 2.0 to Firefighting

From the latest issue of Wired comes this short 'n' sweet article about Web 2.0 tools used by the Los Angeles Fire Department. They highlight four of the tools: Twitter, Yahoo Pipes, Mobile Alerts, and Map Mashups. How are they used? Using Twitter, for example, they monitor for keywords like "LA" and "fire" During last year's 800-acre fire in Griffith Park, they received real-time reports on flare-ups and wind directions from Twitter users on the ground, and which could be related to ICs. Good food for thinking about Web 2.0 and social networking, and practical application in the fire service.

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