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Some fire departments have had GPS units in their vehicles for only about a month, and already  there is an internal investigation of at least two fire battalion chiefs who were traveling in excess of 100 mph in city-issued SUVs.  Firefighters are upset that tracking devices were installed without warning, with no policy in place and without an administrator to oversee what data are reported.

 http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2013/03/30/police-fire-unions-urge-gps-limits.html

While smoke detectors are key in alerting occupants of fire, they are also a reactive form of fire protection, and can only save those who are able to react.  Fire sprinklers, on the other hand are proactive, providing firefighters the time they need to extinguish the fire and help avoid potential tragedies and severe structural damage.