VIDEO: The National Interagency Fire Center is rolling out a new tracking system to help them keep tabs on wildland firefighters.
It's called the location based services program and it's being implemented in all Bureau of Land Management fire vehicles by the end of fiscal year 2020. It hasn't made its way to Idaho quite yet, but it's being used in many of our neighboring states.
"All of these GPS tracking units are going to be in all of our fire vehicles," said Jessica Gardetto, Spokesperson for NIFC. It's the Bureau of Land Management’s way of implementing a system to locate their wildland firefighters and fire vehicles following the passing of Senate Bill 47, introduced by Congress in 2019, the John D. Dingell Jr. Conservation, management, and recreation act.