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Fire Technology Articles

Cassidian Communications to Attend 2013 CALNENA 911 Mission Critical Training Event

Cassidian Communications, an EADS North America company, will participate in the 2013 CALNENA Mission Critical Training event, taking place January 23-24 in ...

Pill Gathers Data on Australian Firefighters' Core Temperatures

Data is being gathered on Australian firefighters working on the front lines by way of tiny pills that, once swallowed, relay information on crew members' co...

FirstWatch to Monitor Mardi Gras and Super Bowl Crowds

With huge crowds expected to descend on New Orleans for Mardi Gras and Super Bowl XLVII, public safety and public health officials are deploying FirstWatch R...

Streamlight Debuts High Lumen Lights

Streamlight® Inc., a leading provider of high-performance lighting and weapon light/laser sighting devices, debuted its growing line of High Lumen (HL) flash...

Thermo Fisher Scientific Enhances Handheld Raman Chemical Analyzer Software

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., the world leader in serving science, today announced software enhancements to its Thermo Scientific FirstDefender RM and First...

Vehicle Extrication: Electric Vehicles and Their Charging Stations

Matt Stroud describes various types of electric vehicle charging stations firefighters may encounter and potential hazards and incidents that could involve t...

US Fire Administration Releases Highway Vehicle Fires Report

The Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) issued a special report today examining the characteristics of highway vehic...

St. Pete (FL) Fire Department Receives E-ONE Fire Apparatus

The St. Pete (FL) Fire Department recently added an E-ONE HP 78 ladder to its very active fire apparatus fleet.

Westfield NY Fire Displaces Four Families

Items piled on a bedroom baseboard heater ignited to start a fire early Saturday that displaced four families in Westfield (NY).

Air Methods Closes Acquisition of Sundance Helicopters

Air Methods Corporation (Nasdaq:AIRM), in the air medical transportation field, announced today that it has successfully completed its acquisition of Sundanc...


VSTEP's RESCUESIM is in use by the Dutch Railways (NS) to train its personnel in tunnel evacuation procedures and railway incident management.

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.