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Helena High Students Design App for Fire Department

Students at Helena High have garnered recognition from Verizon Wireless for developing a mobile app for the Helena Fire Department that allows firefighters to track emergency response times down to the second.

“For us, it’s really important to know how quickly we can do that,” said Sean Logan, the acting fire chief of the Helena Fire Department, during a demonstration of the app at Helena High on Monday. “The quicker we can get to an emergency, the better it is for the individual or the family with the problem.”

Ean McLaughlin, Jake Petek, Gregory Gilbert, Bridger Howell and Sage Smith — who are all students in Buffy Smith’s computer science class — entered their app in the national Verizon Innovative App Challenge and were recognized Thursday as the “Best in State” team in the competition.

Read more in the Independent Record.