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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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Fire Technology Articles

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...

Cummins Receives First EPA Certification

Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) announced today that it has received certification for its ISX15 engine from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), meeting...

US Fire Administration Releases Report on Portable Heater Fires

The Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) announces the release of a special report examining the characteristics of p...

Firefighting Tech Roundup: Human Backpack, Infection-Reducing Rooms, and More

Mary Jane Dittmar looks at a product that enables soldiers to more easily move a down comrade and rooms designed to reduce the chance of infection, among oth...

Philadelphia (PA) Fire Department Unveils Fire Safety App

The Philadelphia Fire Department is poised to launch a free fire safety app Thursday.

Fire Protection Research Foundation Gets Grant to Investigate Safety Technologies for Home-Cooking Appliances

Through the remainder of 2012 and throughout 2013, the Fire Protection Research Foundation Foundation will support a research project to examine three main a...

World's First Rapid Sim-Builder App SimsUshare Now on iPhone, iPod Touch

CommandSim announced today another first for the fire training industry--its rapid fire training sim-builder app, SimsUshare Mobile, was recently approved fo...

Chief Lessons: When the Cyberbully Attacks

Dennis Rubin shares some advice for fire chiefs dealing with a potentially disastrous situation: a cyberbully posting excessive negative comments on the Inte...

Pearland EMS Looks to Improve Efficiency and Increase Collections

Digitech Computer Inc. announced that they have been awarded the contract for the processing of medical transportation billing for the City of Pearland Emerg...

Tennessee to Launch Text to 911 Trial

AT&T announces the state of Tennessee has approved the use of the state's new Emergency Service IP Network (ESInet) to support a Text to 9-1-1 trial stat...

Industry Council Launches NPM 2.0 Online Toolkit

The Industry Council for Emergency Response Technologies (iCERT) today announced the launch of its National Preparedness Month (NPM) online toolkit for emerg...

New Technology Trends Catch Fire in the Detection Market

The fire detection industry finally awakens with the onset of laser-based aspirating smoke detectors and multi-sensors.

NFPA Removes DRM on PDFs

In an effort to make digital versions of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) codes and standards easier to use across multiple platforms while ma...

Swedish Halon Security Opens New Office in San Francisco

As the interest and sales of Halon Securty products for securing computer networks and corporate email grows by leaps and bounds, Halon Security now opens th...

DMR Association Announces Completion of Three Interoperability Testing Sessions

The Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) Association today announces the completion of three further successful DMR interoperability test sessions. 

Panasonic Upgrades Fully Rugged ToughbookR 19 Convertible Tablet PC

Panasonic, an industry leader in rugged, reliable mobile computers since 1996, today announced upgrades to the Panasonic Toughbook 19, its best-selling rugge...