Local Fire and Rescue Squads Install Weather Monitoring Devices

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- The Rockingham County Fire and Rescue Squads are installing new weather monitoring devices, that will allow firefighters to view real-time weather patterns from each station, across the county.

These weather systems allow firefighters to know exactly what kind of weather they are getting themselves into, before they head out on the road.

Jeremy Holloway, the fire chief of Rockingham County, said these devices cost about $10,000.

The department was awarded the local Emergency Management Planning Grant, back in October.

Holloway said, this device will also help them track the changing weather patterns over time, so they can better prepare for the weather the next time they see similar weather.

"It is just another tool for the tool box when we are dealing with emergency management, planning, how we provide safety nets, and how we provide additional resources to places who may need it," said Holloway.

Currently, eight out of the fourteen devices are up and running. This winter weather has slowed down the installation process, but they hope to have the project complete by March 1.

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