Deadwood goes high-tech to control fires: Deadwood is as close to a tourist mecca as you’re going to get in South Dakota (not counting that mountain with the funny designs carved in it, of course). Anything that disrupts tourism out there is a huge, huge problem for the regional economy.
The FireAlert-DC units, made by Ambient, are about 6 inches around, 20 inches high and sit on top of 12-foot poles. A sensor scans the full horizon every two minutes. When it detects a growing fire, the unit sends a signal to a satellite, which relays the information to the company’s dispatch center. It also calls the local 911 dispatcher and fire department.