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New Technologies Focus on First Responder "Capability Gaps" and Needs, Part 1

BY MARY JANE DITTMARDon’t judge a research category by its title when evaluating technological advances that took place in 2008-2009. A number of the research areas may look quite familiar—firefighter health and safety, communications, firefighting techniques, and thermal imaging, for example. The differences, however, are in the details—scope, affordability, accessibility, increased knowledge, emergency responder involvement, and product refinement, to name a few.In fact, when Michael Southerly of the University of Nevada, Reno, Fire Science Academy, was asked in 2006 to identify the top technological advances in the field of emergency response for the past 10 years, hi...

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