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LINCOLN, Neb.-- Lincoln Fire & Rescue gave a big thanks Tuesday to the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. They raised more than $16,000 for 16 new iPads with GPS software that make getting information and staying safe much easier.
The Foundation made the presentation Tuesday morning at their downtown restaurant.
Franchise owner Michael Shanahan said the foundation is just helping LFR do its job.
"There's a need out there for Lincoln Fire & Rescue. You know, they're underfunded and the guys are just out there working every day hard," said Shanahan.
Fire Chief John Huff said the generosity of the foundation allows the department to purchase necessary technology they can't purchase on their own.
He said the iPads have been in action with command staff for a couple of months now- and they have already made a huge difference.
"As recently as the [Urban Search and Rescue] Deployment to the Colorado flooding. One of our chief officers responded and took his iPad with him. He didn't realize it would be the only device that had connectivity for communications via email and internet," said Huff.
He added that that use just scratches the surface of what LFR will be able to do with the new technology as they continue to experiment with the possibilities.