U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., stopped by Grand Junction Wednesday to discuss how new technology involving drones, mapping and smart phones can be used to fight wildfires and conduct rescues.

Members of the Colorado Center of Excellence for Advanced Technology Aerial Firefighting walked through two mock scenarios for the senator, demonstrating the use of Team Awareness Kits (TAK) in the field. TAK is a geospatial mapping engine that can help with navigation and can share surrounding land formation data immediately, connecting information to firefighters directly rather than over the radio.

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