As a volunteer firefighter it’s very important to be familiar with your fire coverage area. Drive the roads during your free-time. Go different routes to and from the station. Just get out and about on some of the roads you’ve never been down before and explore where they go.
Get paged to a road you don’t recognize? Look it up on Google Maps, even if you’re unavailable to run the call. This way you’ll become more familiar with the roads in your area in a shorter amount of time.
The great thing about using google maps on your phone is the voice navigation. With voice navigation there is no need to look at your phone. I also recommend having a GPS in your personal vehicle for knowing which roads are up ahead. Then while you’re listening for where to turn from your phone, you can easily glance at the map on your Garmin or Tom Tom and are less likely to turn too early or too late.
Being well prepared and familiar with the roads in your area will help shorten your response time, which in turn helps the people in your community.
This is the GPS I use.
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