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    Henry Brown

    From News from Princeton

    In a fast-moving fire, a moment’s delay can lead to extensive property damage or even lives lost. To help prevent that, a team of Princeton University students is developing an easy-to-use database that will put information about buildings and fire conditions at fire chiefs’ fingertips.

    “Our goal is to bring better information to firefighters,” said Charlie Jacobson, a Princeton rising sophomore and volunteer firefighter who is part of the team. “And we need to provide this information quickly and intuitively.”

    The challenge is to make the system inclusive but easy to use. Jacobson said a straightforward format is particularly important to avoid overburdening volunteer fire companies, whose members already have fairly intensive training requirements on top of their everyday jobs. With that in mind, the FireStop system features a touch screen format designed for quick and easy use. The system also uses a secure connection between the database and the user, both to prevent unauthorized access and interruptions in communication.

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