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December, 2019
Davis Discontinues service Davis has discontinued service with
July, 2016
Yolo County Discontinues service Yolo County has discontinued service with The City of Davis and UC Davis remain active on FireDispatch..
December, 2011
Chino Valley Fire Discontinues service The Chino Valley Fire District has discontinued service with For updated information, please visit our Facebook page at Chino Valley Fire District or our website at
July, 2011
FireDispatch on Twitter Fire Dispatch Santa Cruz County feed goes live on Twitter. Santa Cruz Fire incidents are now posted on the FireDsipatchSC Twitter page.
July, 2011
Santa Cruz Regional 9-1-1 Task force asks Santa Cruz County Fire Chiefs Association to pay tab for website.
Santa Cruz Sentinel article.

June, 2011
Santa Cruz Regional 9-1-1 Santa Cruz Regional 9-1-1 to cancel services effective July 1 due to budget problems.
Emergency information website to cease in Santa Cruz County - Santa Cruz Sentinel

November, 2009
Chino Hills Independent Fire Chino Hills Independent Fire Goes Live on Service. The Chino Valley Independent Fire District (CVIFD) is headquartered in Chino Hills and serves the Chino Valley, which includes the Cities of Chino Hills and Chino. The District is not a City Department, but is a separate political agency with its own elected Board of Directors.
April, 2009
FireDispatch on Twitter Fire Dispatch San Mateo County feed goes live on Twitter. San Mateo County Fire incidents are now posted on the FireDsipatchSMC Twitter page.
January, 2009
UC Davis Fire University of California Davis Fire Department Goes Live on Service. The University of California Davis, City of Davis and Yolo Emergency Communications Agency feeds are combined into a single view to provide regional interoperability among agencies.
December, 2008
Software releases the Radio Console software which is a compact Windows program that displays active incidents and allows you to hear fire radio traffic without having to have a regular web browser and media player open.
July, 2008
City of Davis Fire City of Davis Fire Department Goes Live on Service. The City of Davis and Yolo Emergency Communications Agency feeds are combined into a single view to provide regional interoperability among agencies.
July, 2008
Yolo Emergency Communications Agency YECA - Yolo Emergency Communications Agency Goes Live on Service. YECA provides emergency dispatch service for 17 Fire Agencies in Yolo County.
June, 2007
Software releases specialized software for the Public and Pulbic Safety Agencies including a screen saver and station ordering assistant.
April, 2007
TiVo is now viewable from TiVo DVR's.
March, 2006
Palo Alto Fire City of Palo Alto Fire Department Goes Live on Service.
February, 2002
Television San Mateo County Firefighters and their high-tech tools are featured on the Tech TV program Tech Live (DSL/Cable or Dial-up).
January, 2002
Online ArticleSan Mateo County and win the 2001 Mobile Master Awards for Enterprise Deployments from Mbusiness magazine.
November, 2001
Press ReleaseFDNY World Trade Center Benefit - "A Tribute to America's Heroes" webcast live from the Palace Hotel in San Francisco by raises over $500,000.
October, 2001
Online ArticleWireless Quote of the Day: Keeping Our Protectors Safe. (Wireless NewsFactor)
Online ArticleSan Mateo County Office of Public Safety Communications Stays in Touch Using Palm Handhelds. (Palm, Inc.)
August, 2001 was selected to make a presentation at the International Association of Fire Chief's (IAFC) conference in New Orleans, LA during the "Mapping the Future of Fire" workshop. Click here for photos.
Mbusiness magazine August 2001Public Safety Tilts toward Wireless by Stephanie Bruzzese. Published in Mbusiness magazine, August 2001 issue. Fast access to data can save lives -- but cost and coverage concerns hinder adoption. Click here to get this article on your PDA or WAP phone now.
TelevisionWireless firefighters: From BlackBerry handheld devices, to dashboard mounted cameras that stream live images of disasters to the Web, firefighters in San Mateo County, California are using everyday technology to fight fires and save lives in ways developers probably never imagined. (CNBC) is awarded the Site of the Day. "Let's say you're driving home from work and you see smoke in the sky. You know your house isn't on fire, but you wonder what is. Now it's easier than ever to find out. Just go to and take a look at all incidents in the Bay Area."
July, 2001 was a HEREontheWEB Featured Site this month! This show played each day on CNET Radio 910 the week of July 30th.
Online ArticleSan Mateo County Public Safety Communications Provides Live Access via PDA’s. (
Fast Company magazine July 2001Report From the Future - Innovation to Go by Fara Warner. Published in Fast Company magazine, July 2001 issue. Don't miss the photographs by Debra McClinton in the print version. Click here to get this article on your PDA, e-book, or MP3 player now.
June, 2001
Online ArticleSierra Wireless Corporate News and Information, Customer Story Features
Newspaper ArticleCounty could get $3 million Web site makeover. Supervisors to hear proposal on adding 565 services to site. " has become a helpful tool for communicating among all the departments". By T.S. Mills-Faraudo (San Mateo County Times).
May, 2001
Online ArticleMore Coursey: Check out wireless apps in action. Need a site that demonstrates Web-based wireless applications in a way that makes sense? (ZDNet AnchorDesk)
PresentationWireless Information Devices for Fire Service Applications presented by Battalion Chief Richard Price and Battalion Chief Jim Varner at FDIC-West in Sacramento, CA.
March, 2001
Magazine ArticleFighting Fires Without Wires by Lori Sharn. Published with permission of American Management Systems, Inc., from Catalyst magazine, Spring 2001 issue. Copyright © 2001 by American Management Systems, Inc. All rights reserved.
Fire Chief Magazine March 2001Fireground wireless streaming by Battalion Chief Jim Varner as published in Fire Chief magazine. Copyright © 2001 by Intertec Publishing Corporation. All rights reserved.
February, 2001
Newspaper ArticleFire website offers view into operations. Dispatching info, radio broadcasts available online. (Redwood City Almanac)
Press ReleaseFirefighter Matthew Smith Memorial Information. "Up-to-the-minute information available on"
January, 2001
Newspaper ArticleSan Ramon fire district blazes a trail to online technology. "Agency is among the first to provide Web users with up-to-the-minute details on department emergency calls." (San Ramon Valley Times)
Press ReleaseSan Ramon Valley Fire Protection District Goes Live on Service "On Monday, January 15, 2001, the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District began publishing its live incident data on" is awarded the Cool WAP Site of the Day. "I have to admit, that on some days, I get great satisfaction being able to review a site that is new, fresh, and unique, presenting an idea that I would have never thought about before."
Press Photos Active Incident Screen - This image is a snapshot sample of the main incident screen. (302kb, jpeg)
PhotosIncident Photo - This photo of a San Ramon Valley engine company arriving on the scene of a residential structure fire originally appeared on the site on 1/11/2001. (743kb, jpeg)
PhotosBlackBerry Handheld - This image of a BlackBerry 957 shows a screen from the WAP Active Incident application. (206kb, jpeg)