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The mission--save lives and protect property--never changes, but tactics, how we accomplish this inspired work, continually advance and evolve, affected by the advances and opportunities we receive from new technologies. In Fire Engineering's Tech Zone you will stay informed about the new technologies available to the fire service and those being developed for the fire service.

  Being prepared is the keystone of our oath to service; preparation is based on the knowledge and access to the best and most effective tools possible. In the Tech Zone, you will always find the latest tools, software, apparatus improvements, safety advances, computer technology, mapping tools, and insightful articles on how to make these advances work for you. The articles are written by fellow firefighters using the tools written by the manufacturers and evaluations by folks like NIST and UL. Read our Tech Today columns to review the latest new releases featured in Fire Engineering, as well as a section devoted to our annual Technology Roundup. Be informed, connected, and prepared. Visit the Tech Zone regularly and never be the last to know again.  

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ASTM International Launches Two New Journals

ASTM International, known worldwide for its 13,000+ technical standards and its thousands of related publications, is launching two new journals: Advances in...

Fighting Wildfires with Data and Technology

Time, where a wildfire will likely spread and what's in its path are all key components for fighters to know.

WPI to Host International Workshop Focused on Technology Solutions for First Responders

At the Seventh Annual International Workshop on Precision Indoor Personnel Location and Tracking Technology, the Department of Homeland Security Science and ...

Stratford to Partner with Digitech for EMS Billing Services

The Town of Stratford (CT) signed a deal today awarding their contract for EMS Billing Services to Digitech Computer, Inc.

MIR3 Urges Municipalities and Government Agencies to Act Now to Protect Citizens

With summer just beginning and record-breaking temperatures already taking a toll across the U.S., MIR3, Inc., innovator of real-time Intelligent Notificatio...

CSB Announces Expert Panel Participants for Two Day Hearing

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) today announced the panel participants for its two-day hearing on effective safety performance indicators, where the age...

Idaho Technology Inc Initiates Clinical Study

Idaho Technology, Inc., a privately held clinical diagnostics company dedicated to providing the world's fastest, highest-quality instruments for pathogen id...

Technology Could Let Incident Commanders Track Personnel Inside Structures

New technology could allow incident commanders to remotely track firefighters and police as they navigate hostile interior environments by watching their mov...

Harris Corporation Conducts First Nationwide Public Safety LTE Demonstration

Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) today successfully conducted the first live, multi-state demonstration that showcased the powerful capabilities of 700 MHz Band...

Mercer County Awards Contract to Cassidian Communications

Cassidian Communications, an EADS North America company, announces today that it has finalized an agreement with Mercer County (NJ) to provide a digital, tru...

CSB Releases New Safety Video on Inherently Safety Design and Technology

The US Chemical Safety Board today released a new safety video that examines the concept of inherent safety and its application across industry; "Inhere...

Firefighting Tech Roundup: Bomb/Hazmat App, NIST on Bluetooth Security

Mary Jane Dittmar reviews several emerging technological solutions for the fire servie, including a new app from the Department of Homeland Security on respo...

Morphix Technologies Wins Department of Homeland Security

Morphix Technologies®, an innovator in the science of colorimetric detection devices for toxic gases, has been awarded an Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quan...

USFA Releases Smoking-Related Fires in Residential Buildings Report

The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) issued a special report today examining the characteristics of smoking-relat...

Rutherford County TN Goes Live with ETI Software

Rutherford County (TN) has gone live on Emergency Technologies, Inc. (ETI) Visual Fire On-Demand, a hosted version of their Fire Records Management System (F...

SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden Assists Transport for London

Transport for London (TfL) has commissioned SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden (SP) to study the effectiveness of bus fire suppression systems. There ...

Emergency Communications Centers Migrate to IP

Exalt Communications today announced that DuPage Public Safety Communications (DU¬-COMM), the largest consolidated 911 center in Illinois, has selected Exalt...

New Aerial Firefighting System to Debut in AZ Test Drop

Caylym Technologies International today announced the scheduled demonstration of new Guardian System, introducing a new capability for fighting wild-fires fr...

PositiveID Corporations M-BAND System Featured in Businessweek Article

PositiveID Corporation ("PositiveID" or "Company") (OTCBB:PSID), an emerging growth company and developer of sophisticated airborne bio-t...

Vigil Declares Winner of Driver Survey Prize

Vigil Solutions announces that Chattanooga (TN) Fire Department has been declared the winner of their fire department driver training survey contest.

Metz Aerial Apparatus in Service in Britain

Metz customers in the UK are supplied with all-round service and after sales support through cooperation with a local partner.

Los Angeles County (CA) Selects Raytheon to Upgrade Public Safety Dispatch Consoles for Sheriff, Fire Departments

Raytheon Company has been chosen by Los Angeles County (CA) to replace legacy emergency dispatch consoles with new ones that can easily be expanded for emerg...

Esri Homeland Security Summit to Feature Expert Presentations

FAAST Aspirating Detector Overcomes Installation and Logistical Difficulties

A large industrial chemical plant needed to install smoke detection in its motor control center (MCC) room, but shutting down the 800-acre stand-alone chemic...

Hitech Systems Moves to Industry Council Board

The Industry Council for Emergency Response Technologies (iCERT) today announced that long-time member Hitech Systems (www.hitech.com), a technology company ...

Nevada Project Heartbeat to Provide Registration System for Nevada

Firefighting Tech Roundup: Cardiac Arrest Simulator, Wildfire Risk, and More

Mary Jane Dittmar looks at a number of emerging technological products for the fire service, including an online simulator to teach residents about sudden ca...

USFA Releases One- and Two-Family and Multifamily Residential Building Fires Topical Reports

The Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) United States Fire Administration (USFA) announces the release of two special reports focusing on the causes...

Brekford Announces Fleet Management Partnership With Trimble

Brekford Corp., a public safety technology service provider of fully integrated traffic safety solutions, vehicle upfitting, and rugged mobile technology, is...

Cassidian Communications to Showcase Products at 2012 NENA Conference

Emergency communications leader Cassidian Communications, an EADS North America company, announced that it will demonstrate its suite of enhanced geospatial,...

Hitech Systems Moves to Industry Council Boar

The Industry Council for Emergency Response Technologies (iCERT) today announced that long-time member Hitech Systems (www.hitech.com), a technology company ...

Local and National Leaders Gather to Discuss Future of 911 System

More than 700,000 calls are placed to 9-1-1 emergency services across the United States every day, and thousands of lives are saved.  But many local cal...

Panasonic Aligns US Operations to Deliver Technology Solutions

Panasonic System Communications Company of North America, a leader in delivering technology solutions for government, enterprise and SMB markets, today outli...

Boston EMS, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Announce Partnership

OPEN Incorporated, makers of the SafetyPAD suite of technology products for Emergency Medical Services, provided Boston EMS its new Web Services API (Applica...

MN Fire Chief Discusses Battling Massive Paper Mill Fire

When Sartell Fire Chief Ken Helm arrived at the Verso Paper mill (MN) he saw "the biggest black cloud I have ever seen" and realized he would need ...

Functional Fireground Accountability, Part 1: Are We Making Progress?

Firefighters who die in the line of duty on the fireground do not usually die because of one single event.