Engine 71 is the first in the nation to pilot real-time air quality monitoring for firefighters inside the cab.
SPRING, Texas — When firefighters answer the call, fires are not the only danger they face. Inside the cab can be just as dangerous with every breath they take.
“If you don’t take care of your people, they can’t take care of the citizens,” said Matthew Corso, Senior Captain with Spring Fire Department.
He knows the risks. Corso has been a firefighter since 1999. In 2016 a life scan the Spring Fire Department offered caught cancer.
It was tough news to share with his wife and kids.
“They knew I was sick, my wife did everything she could to keep their life normal,” said Corso.
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There are no federal laws governing the use of facial-recognition technology, which has led states, cities, and counties to regulate it on their own in various ways, particularly when it comes to how law enforcement agencies can use it.
Generally, there are two types of facial-recognition software: one compares a photo of a person to those in a database of faces looking for a likely match (the kind of software police might use when investigating a crime, such as that sold by Clearview AI), while the other compares a photo of a person to one other image (the kind that is used when you open your iPhone with your face).
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