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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

Scientists Test Device to Monitor Toxic Gases During Firefighting

Scientists at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) are testing a portable device to be worn by all times by firefighters to measure carbon monoxide and ...

Texas Firefighter Seeks to Raise Funds for Life Lift Handles

A retired Texas fire captain has launched a crowdfunding campagin for a product he believes will save children's lives: external handles to help them open up...

How "All-in-One" Software Tools Can Do More Harm than Good

The problem is that, more often than not, the opposite is true, writes FDM Software's Ed Colin.

Theme for Building Safety Month Week 1 Announced

Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, fire sprinklers, and passive fire-rated construction such as fire walls and fire doors designed to stop the spread of fire ...

Maryland Fire Department to Use Drones

The Montgomery County (MD) Fire and Rescue Service has purchased three drones that it hopes will help improve firefighting operations.

No Reprimand for San Francisco Firefighter for Helmet Cam Filming Rig Hitting Girl

San Francisco's fire chief has quietly rescinded her reprimand of a battalion chief whose helmet-mounted camera captured the moment when a 16-year-old surviv...

FDNY Shares Technology on The Discovery Channel

Planet Earth visit's the FDNY to explain their new award-winning high-rise firefighting technology. Watch the video clip here

First Responder Biodetection Technology Guide Updated

A 2014 update to a detailed product guide listing biodetection technologies and sampling products is now available.

FDIC 2014 Recap: Meritor WABCO Introduces its Vehicle Control Systems

Meritor WABCO's Electronic Stability Control (ESC) ensures safe and fast arrival to emergency situations.

FDIC 2014 Recap: Hurst Jaws of Life's eDRAULIC 2.0 Line

E-ONE Debuts Redesigned Quest Cab at FDIC 2014

E-ONE Debuts Redesigned Quest Cab at FDIC 2014

After months of in-the-field customer research collecting data from fire departments across the country, E-ONE debuted its redesigned Quest custom cab with m...

Vision 20/20 Model Performance in Fire Prevention Symposium Materials Available

The presentations from the Vision 20/20 Model Performance in Fire Prevention symposiums are now available online! If you go to Vision 20/20, they are under t...

DHS Releases Updated First Responder Biodetection Technology Guide

A 2014 update to a detailed product guide listing biodetection technologies and sampling products is now available.

iCERT Statement on Funding Principles to Support the Continued Evolution of 911 Services and Systems

The Industry Council for Emergency Response Technologies (iCERT) today announced the association's recently developed policy position on Funding Principles t...
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Pierce Displays Largest Contingent of Custom Fire and Emergency Response Apparatus at FDIC

Pierce Manufacturing, an Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK) company, and a North American manufacturer of fire and emergency vehicles, is showcasing 14 fire and ...
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Pierce Re-Launches Enforcer Chassis

Pierce Manufacturing, an Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK) company, today re-launched the Pierce Enforcer custom fire chassis at the Fire Department Instructors...

Navy and Colleges Working to Build Robot Firefighter

Before the year is out, the Navy will start a fire on one of its ships and send in a robot to put it out.

FDM Announces Support for New Text to 911 Standard for Hearing Impaired

For Canada's hearing or speech impaired, calling 911 in an emergency hasn't been possible. Until now.

Eye Safety Systems Introduces Crossbow Photochromic Eyeshield

Eye Safety Systems Introduces Crossbow Photochromic Eyeshield

Eye Safety Systems, Inc. (ESS) announced the introduction of its new ballistic Crossbow eyeshield with photochromic transition lens. The Crossbow Photochromi...

Dispelling Misconceptions About New Vehicle Technology at FDIC 2014

"When the event [vehicle accident] has happened, that's it--it's over, done, finished," Matt Stroud told students at his Monday morning FDIC 2014 w...

Industry Council Issues Position Statement on Emergency Alerts and Warnings

The Industry Council for Emergency Response Technologies (iCERT) today announced the association's recently developed policy position on emergency alerts and...

U.S. Navy to Test Firefighting Robot

The U.S. Navy will be testing its anthropomorphic firefighting robot this summer on a decommissioned amphibious landing ship.

200 Firefighters Needed for Thermal Imaging Study at FDIC

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation is looking for firefighters to use and evaluate a new, innovative technology in thermal imaging

Icom America Relocates Headquarters and Celebrates 35 Year Anniversary

Icom America recently relocated operations from Bellevue to the city of Kirkland (WA).

York County PA Emergency Paging Failure Prompting Action

York County's emergency paging system failed to notify all fire departments that were supposed to respond to a three-alarm fire in York City Thursday, and of...

Vibration Monitoring System Using ARA ERRF Platform Receives Hazardous Area Approval

Applied Research Associates, Inc. (ARA) announces that a commercial vibration monitoring application using ARA's patented Extended Range Radio Frequency (ERR...
Scott Safety Announces NFPA 2013 Approvals for Air-Pak X3, Air-Pak 75

Scott Safety Announces NFPA 2013 Approvals for Air-Pak X3, Air-Pak 75

Scott Safety is pleased to announce that the Air-Pak X3 SCBA and Air-Pak 75 SCBA have received approvals to the 2013 Edition of NFPA 1981 and 1982 and will b...

Chicago Roosevelt University Enrolls in RealView All Digital First Responder Technology

One of Chicago's most historic buildings is being electronically pre-planned as Roosevelt University, located in the South Loop, implements RealView, LLC's C...

McAfee Joins the Industry Council

The Industry Council for Emergency Response Technologies (iCERT) announced the addition of McAfee to the Association's growing membership base.

E-Learning and the Fire Service

South Florida Firefighter/Paramedic Freddie Diaz-Batista discusses the latest and greatest Fire Service e-learning platforms.

Waterous Company Announces Staff Promotions

Waterous Company, in the fire suppression technology and manufacturing industry, announced several staff promotions today.

Ziamatic Corp. will be holding a contest at this year's FDIC in which firefighters can enter to win a QUIC-BAR with Rings.

ZICO to Give Away Quic-Bar Tools at FDIC 2014

Ziamatic Corp. is pleased to announce the Ziamatic FDIC QUIC-BAR Sweepstakes, taking place at the 2014 Fire Department Instructor's Conference (FDIC) in Indi...

FE Talk: Sons of the Flag

Bobby Halton talks to Navy Seal Ryan "Birdman" Perrott of Sons of the Flag.

Statement from Chemical Safety Board on California Refinery Safety Interagency Working Group Final Report

I heartily applaud the findings and recommendations contained in the final report of the California Interagency Working Group on Refinery Safety entitled &qu...

FCC Votes on Wireless 911 Location Accuracy

The Federal Communications Commission today proposed rules to help emergency responders better locate wireless callers to 911.

Locution Systems Inc Announces Fire Station Alerting System in Coral Gables (FL)