The need for technology and innovation (and, of course, research—their foundation), always recognized by the fire and emergency services, has become even more urgent today. Firefighters are still dying in the line of duty at a pace of between 100 and 110 a year—many of these deaths attributable to the same causes year after year. Concerns about homeland security spawned by the advance of terrorism in the world and inside our country's borders are still raging. The Oklahoma City Bombing, the 1993 attack on the World Trade Center, and particularly the 9-11-01 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. have given new prominence to words such as vul...

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