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    Quote Originally Posted by lexfd5 View Post
    I hope you know learn how to do things the "old way." That way when technology breaks you won't be completely lost.
    In Philadelphia, like many major cities on the east coast, while sitting housewatch, a new proby studies maps of their "local" so that they get to know it. Which way do the numbered streets run....which ways do the named streets run, where the "hundred blocks" correspond with physical locations, major buildings, obstructions (low bridges, etc etc etc...)
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    Quote Originally Posted by DeputyChiefGonzo View Post
    What did we do before computers, smartphones, direct connect cellphones, GPS, and all the other toys?

    We put the fire out.
    We also interacted with each other instead of burying our heads in laptops, smartphones and video games.
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    Quote Originally Posted by yjbrody View Post
    We also interacted with each other instead of burying our heads in laptops, smartphones and video games.
    OUTSTANDING OBSERVATION!!! We all broke bread together. We worked on projects together....(who has done home improvement projects in the back of the bay...like cut lumber or paint woodwork for your home......No one dissappeared after every run to their bunkrooms and "electronic privacy."
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    Running calls without computers is the easy part (as long as a sound backup dispatch system is in place). Though I suppose a very small, low run volume department could run quite effectively without much technology, the benefit offered by technology has become critical larger departments.

    Think of everything a department does even in excess to administrative functions (payroll, billing, logistics, etc). Permits, plan review, education, code enforecement, pre-incident planning, stategic planning..... I could keep going for a while. Many of these operations depend on information from the field and without computers, it would be very time/manpower intensive to collect, synthesize, and diseminate this info. We'd never be able to get a solid information picture to direct the efforts of those functions.

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