Longboat Key, Florida’s Fire Rescue Department is digitally transforming how it maps the city’s buildings, improving firefighting and public safety by moving from paper to electronic creation, sharing, and storage.

Missing pages in binders and illegible handwriting made paper maps impractical – and even dangerous for firefighters responding to calls. The department understood that transitioning to Microsoft Surface would allow firefighters to do their work more efficiently and in greater safety. With Surface, firefighters can access multiple views, including interior, exterior, aerial, and hydrant layout, of a property quickly, empowering them to make smarter, quicker decisions.

The department’s use of Microsoft Surface makes it a leader among fire and rescue service providers. Now that Longboat Key uses Surface, firefighters can even update maps in the field in real-time. Watch Longboat Key’s Real Story of Digital Transformation.

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