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Firefighter creating app for Google Glass that could save lives

Posted Jan 22, 2014 by Owen Weldon
Patrick Jackson, a firefighter who is also a self-taught programmer in Rocky Mount, N.C., is creating an app for Google Glass that may change the way firefighters do their jobs.
File picture shows attendees wearing Google Glass while posing for a group photo during the Google 2...
File picture shows attendees wearing Google Glass while posing for a group photo during the Google 2013 developer conference in San Francisco, California
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According to Mashable, the app already helps with small tasks, such as identifying nearby hydrants and receiving messages from dispatch. These features are small compared to what the app may end up accomplishing.
Jackson pictures the app being able to one day be able to provide maps and floor plans to firefighters who are fighting smoke in buildings that are unfamiliar to them, or even provide extraction diagrams for when they need to get civilians out from a vehicle.
According to CNN, Glass is also able to record the first video of a situation when firefighters arrive on scene. The early documentation will be important in fire investigations that take place down the line.
As of now, Glass is not compatible with the oxygen masks firefighters wear on the ground. The app is more for external personnel to use, and Jackson's Glass stays in the truck.
According to SlashGear, Jackson said that he had no idea that this would happen when he got Google Glass.
Jackson also said that it has been a cool experience with Google. He went on to thank those who supported his Indiegogo campaign.