Case Study: El Paso County, Colorado

Improving Emergency Response in Colorado Wildfire

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Improving Emergency Response in Colorado Wildfire


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


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


  • 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