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Fire Technology Articles

Legacy of Retired Air Force Fire Chief

After 46 years of service, the Air Force's top firefighter stepped down.

Amphibious All Terrain Fire Apparatus

L’Équipe Fabconcept, having begun mass production, is now in the marketing phase for their amphibious all-terrain vehicle: The KASKOO-X04.

E-ONE Cabs Ready for New Year with New Engines

As we approach the new year and new engine emissions requirements, E-ONE is pleased to announce 2013 EPA-compliant engines are now available for order.

Swedish Norwegian Collaboration on Fire Technology

SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden and the Norwegian Research Institute SINTEF have today signed an agreement concerning close collaboration between S...

Student Volunteers Fill Need for NY Department

One of Mike Bischoff's goals, when he became chief of the Morrisville Fire Department (NY) three years ago, was to address the department's dwindling volunte...

District of Columbia Implements New ASAP Alarm Response Program

The Office of Unified Communications (OUC) has implemented an innovative computer-aided dispatch system (CAD) interface enhancement - the Automated Secure Al...

WPI Honored for Developing Technology that Increases Firefighter Safety

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) was honored today at the 23rd Annual "Firefighter of the Year" award ceremony with the 2012 State Fire M...

Primary Flow Signal Creates New Business Unit

Primary Flow Signal, Inc. (PFS), a designer and manufacturer of innovative, durable, and accurate flow-metering solutions for municipal, industrial, oil &...

United Arab Emirates First Responders to Receive GIS Technology Training

Police officers, firefighters, and Ministry of Interior officials from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will get extensive training in how to use geographic in...

Arson by Cyber Attack

A new method of committing arson may use computers and computer-related equipment and peripherals to start fires.

LAFD Plans Changes to Speed Response Times

Los Angeles fire officials said steps are being taken to reduce the amount of time it takes to respond to emergencies, including relying more on technology t...

Digitech Undertakes Baltimore EMS Contract

Digitech Computer Inc. today announced that implementation of their agreement with Baltimore City Fire Department has been completed and that processing of m...

Zetron Latest Addition to iCERT Membership

The Industry Council for Emergency Response Technologies (iCERT) announced that Zetron, a designer, developer, and manufacturer of mission-critical communica...

Phone Bursts into Flames, Burning British Boy

An 11-year-old British boy was burned after his brother's BlackBerry phone exploded and set his bed on fire.

Los Angeles Fire Chief Defends Department

Los Angeles Fire Chief Brian Cummings defended his department in front of the City Council against allegations that he had no plan to improve fire service.

Mount Vernon FR Enhances FR Fabrics

To enhance the comfort of flame resistant garments made with Mount Vernon FR fabric, Mount Vernon Mills is now offering its AMSOFT™ finish on all fabrics ava...

Building Better Firefighter Gear by Using 3-D Imaging

A major cause of firefighter injuries is ill-fitting and bulky gear, but a Cornell University researcher using 3-D motion-capture technology wants to change ...

Worcester MA Firefighters Mark Somber Anniversary

Thirteen years ago, a massive fire in a Worcester warehouse killed six city firefighters, and more than a decade later, much has changed in the way firefight...

"Nice" School, Part 6: Patience, Patience, and Patience

We have been discussing how we describe the word "nice" when we talk about delivering positive customer service.

The $500 Training Makeover

An increase in training requirements has placed a large burden on volunteer departments.

Detcon SmartWireless Site Offers Battery Powered Gas Detection Solution

Detcon's SmartWireless® Site Sentinel is the most powerful stand-alone gas detection system designed for fixed, semi-fixed and transportable use in light and...

Firefighters Respond to PA Chemical Plant Fire

Firefighters responded this morning to a three-alarm fire at a chemical plant in Doylestown, Pennsylvania.

Digital Alert Systems Emergency Alert Equipment Deployed in Four Caribbean Nations

Digital Alert Systems today announced that it has supplied DASDEC™-II emergency messaging platforms to enable radio stations across Anguilla, Aruba, Montserr...

Firefighting Technology: Public Safety Communications Equipment Showcased at APCO Conference

Manufacturers, developers, and other involved in the quickly evolving public safety communications arena displayed their latest innovations and technology at...

Location Services: Data Voice Trade-Off

When your frontline staff encounters trouble, knowing their location and status in real time could be the difference between life and death.

Explosion at Quebec Plant Injures 17

An explosion and fire at a plant in Sherbrooke, Quebec, has hospitalized 17 people, five with severe burns.

Ultra High Pressure Firefighting Technology

The United States Air Force (USAF) is imple-menting a new tool in its fire protection toolbox for aircraft rescue firefighting (ARFF) applications.

Manage the Risk of Radiant Energy

Fire is a complex phenomenon that requires advanced degrees in chemistry, physics, and engineering to fully understand.

DHS Implements New GIS Solutions for Disaster Response

TerraGo® Technologies has delivered to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) a data integration solution to automatically integrate and update data ...

Wildland Fire Simulation: An Improvised Software Solution

Sonny Stiger and Rocky Infanger discuss a solution for modeling wildland fire behavior using two computer programs in tandem.

FoxFury Lighting Solutions Attending PBIOS Oil Show

FoxFury Lighting Solutions is pleased to announce that it will be exhibiting in Odessa, TX at the PBIOS (Permian Basin International Oil Show) trade show for...

Free Guide to Careers in Fire Protection Engineering

To meet the demand for fire protection engineers, Bethesda, MD-based Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) has created the fourth Edition of its Guide ...

Managing the Information Flow at Large-Scale Emergency Incidents

Dennis Rubin discusses how the instant communication afforded by computer connectivity has changed public relations and reporting of the progress of incident...

MA EMA Introduces Emergency Alerting App

Governor Deval Patrick today held his weekly cabinet meeting at the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) Headquarters in Framingham, where he joi...

Maine Company Aims to Reduce Human Risk with Firefighting Robot

Engineering companies have been trying to reduce the harm firefighters face and Maine-based Howe and Howe Technologies is offering this robot firefighter as ...

275 Years of the American Volunteer Fire Service

In honor of the 275th anniversary of America's volunteer fire service, the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) has released a new publication honoring the...