Technology Roundup: First Responder Input Welcome

BY MARY JANE DITTMAREmerging technologies and technologies introduced during the past few months are diverse and, as expected, their primary objectives are to improve first responder safety and efficiency. Firefighters themselves identified a number of these new technological needs, many of which became realities through the cooperative efforts of the fire and emergency services, fire service organizations, government agencies, industry, and academia. The new products and studies are apparent in virtually every aspect of emergency response.Also noteworthy this year is the expansive effort the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), through its various components, has been expending in enco...

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