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Alabama’s fire departments need your help winning a $25,000 grant that would fund an app making collecting fire data quicker and easier.

The National Fire Incident Reporting System is a federal reporting database that requires firefighters to submit data about fires after they happen. Alabama firefighters say sometimes that paperwork just doesn’t get filed because most of Alabama’s firefighters have jobs outside the fire department.

According to Tuscaloosa Fire Chief Alan Martin, of Alabama’s 1,196 fire departments, 995 are staffed by volunteers.

Martin said a smartphone-based mobile application would help departments enter in essential information just after a fire happens.

The proposed app, dubbed the Fire Safety Mobile App, was selected as a finalist in the State Farm Neighborhood Assist Program. If the proposal wins enough votes, the Alabama  Association of Fire Chiefs will get $25,000 to get the app into the hands of Alabama’s firefighters.

Alabamians can help the cause by voting in the contest. Anyone can vote as many as 10 times a day. Voting ends at 10:59 p.m. Central on Nov. 4.

If you’d like to vote, click here.

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