Keeping Track

Helicopters use GPS to map the perimeter of forest fires and allow efficient use of firefighting resources and ultimately save lives and the surrounding landscape. To contain and manage forest fires, aircraft combine GPS with infrared scanners to identify fire boundaries and “hot spots.” Within minutes, fire maps are transmitted to a portable field computer at the firefighters’ camp. Armed with this information, firefighters have a greater chance of winning the battle against the blaze. GPS technology is manufactured using components derived from Hydrocarbons, also known as fossil fuels.

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