Lauderdale County Gets State Computers

Mississippi State Auditor Stacey Pickering delivered two laptop computers to Lauderdale County to be used in training volunteer firefighters.

Pickering told the board of supervisors Monday that his office started modernizing its operation last year to reduce costs. But it meant in the short-term, computers had to be upgraded.

That left him with 100 laptop computers as excess inventory. Pickering said he instituted a transfer program to get those laptops to county agencies to be used.

Fire coordinator Clarence Butler said the computers are an asset.

"You're only as good a firefighter as what you've been trained to be," said Butler. "And training is an ongoing thing. And that's one of the most important things we do. So we try to get everybody trained basically on the same thing in the same way so that working from department to department we'll be able to work with each other more efficiently."

Pickering noted that county agencies now have an added burden of submitting electronic reports to FEMA and the computers may also be able to help with that.

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