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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.

Fire Technology Articles

Firefighting Technology Roundup: Wearable Tech, Diver Life Support, and More

In this firefighting technology roundup, the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate EMERGE! Program and much more.

DuPont Protection Technologies Announces Launch of DuPont SafeSPEC for Nomex

DuPont Protection Technologies (DuPont) today announced the launch of the latest version of DuPont SafeSPEC, its suite of online interactive product selector...

Robotic Guide Dogs May Help Firefighters

A group of researchers has developed a new life-saving application for robotics, and this comes in the form of robots acting as guide dogs for firefighters

George Mason University Students Use Sound Waves to Fight Fires

Two senior engineering majors at George Mason University appear to have invented and built a way to use sound waves to put out fires

SOLBERG Expands Product Development and Sales Staff

The Solberg Company, the world's foremost innovator of firefighting foam concentrates and systems hardware, announced today the appointment of industry veter...

Oregon State University's ATRIAS to Participate in DARPA's DRC in June

One of the competitors in this year’s DARPA Challenge will be ATRIAS, designed and built at Oregon State University’s (OSU) Dynamic Robotics Lab.

DHS S&T Launches New Accelerator Program

the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) announced its first business accelerator program, EMERGE!, a...

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Incident Command Training Suite Wins National Award

The Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service was announced as the winner of the Driving Efficiency Through Technology award at the LGC Awards ceremony in London on W...

DHS S&T Launches Prize Competition for Tracking First Responders Indoors

The Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) announced the Department’s first crowdsourced prize competition in support...

What Would You Do? Two-Story Residential

In this new scenario and video from Skip Coleman, test out your tactical approaches to fires in a residential building.

HYSight Boosts Public Safety with Drone Technology

The eye in the sky that every law enforcement, fire and public safety agency needs has never been more affordable, accessible or easily deployable.  


Collection of new products for the fire service industry.

WPI announces progress in "firefighter locator" research

Research undertaken by Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in response to the December 3, 1999, tragic Worcester (MA) cold storage warehouse fire that took...

Fire Tech Roundup: Web-Connected Cars, Chemical Weapons, and More

Mary Jane Dittmar a look at some recent technological developments that may impact the firefighting community.

Colorado Firefighters Rescue Worker After 30-Foot Fall at Construction Site

Firefighters in Greeley rushed to rescue an injured person after a 30-foot fall at a construction site, reports CBS Denver.

Colorado Firefighters Use Drone to Help in Underground Rescue Training

South Metro firefighters are working to improve their skills at saving lives -- namely rescuing people trapped in tight spaces underground.

Rigid Industries LED Lighting Announces Acquisition by Truck-Lite Co., LLC

Rigid Industries® LED Lighting, in forward projecting LED lighting via its patented optic systems and torture-tested housing industry, announced its acquisit...

Navy Unveils Firefighting Robot Prototype

Scientists unveiled a firefighting robot prototype at the Naval Future Force Science & Technology EXPO, revealing details about its successful demonstrat...

Navy Unveils Firefighting Robot Prototype

Scientists unveiled a firefighting robot prototype Feb. 4 at the Naval Future Force Science & Technology EXPO, revealing details about its successful dem...

New Hose Reel Design Launched by Holmatro

Holmatro launches a series of new CORE Technology hose reels, equipped with a foldable handle for hose winding. This handle folds out and locks in one step, ...

The Community "Fingerprint"

Whatever you plan, always consider your community’s “fingerprint,” and identify how these factors impact the development or outcome goals of your plans, writ...

Holmatro Adds Quattro Pumps to Spider Range

With the introduction of new Quattro pumps Holmatro adds more options to its Spider Range. Thanks to their large oil content these pumps can operate any four...

Could a Tablet Keeping Firefighters Safe

Everything we want and need to manage our daily lives - from appointments and contacts to games and movies - is on our phones or tablets. All of it is availa...

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Fire Fighting Enterprises becomes FFE

Indago UAS Proves Firefighting Capability in Australia

In an effort to combat forest fires in Western Australia, Lockheed Martin's Indago small UAS was used to provide intelligence to the Planning and Incident Ma...

Electronic Patient Care System for Android Increasingly Popular

Open, Inc. Enjoys Growing Use of SafetyPAD Product

Key Appointment Announced for Advanced USA

Hackers Access Indianapolis Dispatch Center

A recent news report indicates that, in December of last year, computer hackers attacked the Indianapolis 911 center that dispatches firefighters, police, an...

Lightweight Composite Approved for Ship

For the first time, combustible, fibre-reinforced, lightweight composite has been approved for use in a SOLAS ship. Research and fire risk analyses at SP hav...

Study Conducted to Identify Potential Technology Solutions to Kitchen Fires

Cooking fires are the leading cause of residential  fires, according to the United States Fire Administration. To help identify contributing factors and...