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Fire Department Offers Online Survey in Support of Bonin’s Tech Upgrade Motion

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An online survey has been created by the Los Angeles Fire Department in support of a public safety motion by City Councilman Mike Bonin to equip firefighters with tablet computers.

Bonin, 46, introduced the FIRST-IN Master Plan motion to the City Council in early July in an attempt to tap into local technological resources to upgrade the fire department’s technology.

The fire department has an upgrade planned for its 911 dispatch system, will be adding a GPS-based vehicle location system and its contract for the laptop computers used to record patient information also is up for renewal, according to Bonin’s motion.

Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin, shown in file photo, has introduced a motion to provide firefighters with tablet computers. (Credit: Courtesy of Mike Bonin)

Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin, shown in file photo, has introduced a motion to provide firefighters with tablet computers. (Credit: Courtesy of Mike Bonin)

Bonin’s motion said the simultaneous replacements created an opportunity to partner with local technology companies to develop a cutting-edge integration plan. It also called for the synchronization of more than a dozen databases and options for the use of tablet computers, such as iPads, among first responders.

The fire department’s Technology Integration Committee created the survey to better understand the needs and expectations that residents have of the department’s technology.

The survey can be found at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/5VM9HZG

The motion was transferred for further study to the City Council’s Innovation, Technology and General Services Committee and the Public Safety Committee.

Bonin is vice-chair of the Innovation and Technology Committee and a member of the Public Safety Committee. He was elected in March to represent the 11th Council District that includes Venice, Mar Vista, Del Rey, West L.A., Playa del Rey, Westchester, Pacific Palisades and Brentwood.

–Venice Dispatch

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