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Case Study: El Paso County, Colorado

Improving Emergency Response in Colorado Wildfire

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Improving Emergency Response in Colorado Wildfire

Challenge

Establish communications and wireless network to support the firefighting and evacuation efforts during the Waldo Canyon Fire in Colorado

Solutions

Cisco Tactical Operations deployed a team with the Cisco Network Emergency Response Vehicle (NERV) to act as a mobile communication center and incident command post

Results

  • Promoted smooth exchange of information between agencies to aid firefighting efforts
  • Aided evacuation through up-to-date mapping and an application that shared emergency information with local residents
  • Enabled first responders to communicate with others outside the fire zone with an open wireless network

A disaster like this fire generates a massive amount of data. Creating and sharing this data through a Cisco wireless network helped us improve emergency response.
- Imad Karaki
Director of Support Services, El Paso County