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Computer Aided Dispatch Becomes $15 Million Reality in New York City

Issue 10 and Volume 133.

Computer Aided Dispatch Becomes $15 Million Reality in New York City STARFIRE, the New York Fire Department computer assisted dispatch (CAD) network, has become a reality, culminating an effort that began in 1968. It has taken 12 years to bring to New York City one of the largest and most advanced emergency response systems in the world. STARFIRE is a $15 million network, consisting of 14 computers, 12 microcomputer systems and 500 computer terminals connected to 16,000 alarm boxes. The STARFIRE logo graphically indicates how the computer network operates. A central computer at the computer and communications center (CCC) processes all alarms that are collected at each node of the five-pointed star. Each of these points represents a borough communications office (CO) where smaller local computers collect, or concentrate, the alarms that are sent to central for processing. After a deployment recommendation is determined, it is sent back to the…

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