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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

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...

Report on PAPR Use in Healthcare

The Institute of Medicine Report, Use and Effectiveness of Powered Air-Purifying Respirators in Health Care Report, was published yesterday.

Globe Gear Giveaway Ends 2014 with Two More Awards

Globe, DuPont Protection Technologies, and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) have announced the final two departments to receive turnouts through th...

Fire Blog Roundup: Looking Back, Moving Forward

It's a new year on the calendar--a typical time for reflection and projection, and for the American fire service this means an examination of some of the per...

Massachusetts Governor Patrick and Life Sciences Center Announce Grant to Research Ebola

Governor Deval Patrick and the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) today announced a $1 million challenge grant to support a partnership of life scienc...

Man Dies Waiting for Ambulance in D.C.

An investigation has been launched into why it took more than 20 minutes for an ambulance to respond to a call about a man in distress, according to a news r...

'Lightweight' Homes Concern Wisconsin Firefighters

About 30 seconds after the last firefighter emerged from a burning Weston house several years ago, the floor he had been standing on collapsed behind him wit...

NIST: Firefighters Portable Radios May Fail at Elevated Temperatures

New test results from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) confirm that portable radios used by firefighters can fail to operate properl...

How Technology Can Stop Massive Fires from Destroying Cities

NBC News details how technology and sheer manpower can prevent fires from destroying cities

Driver and Students Escape Florida School Bus Fire

The driver and 38 middle school students safely escaped a school bus moments before it became engulfed in flames Wednesday morning on Interstate 4 in Polk Co...

WPI Created Center for First Responder Technology to Honor Fallen Worcester Firefighters

Fifteen years ago, on Dec. 3, 2009, the tragic Worcester Cold Storage warehouse fire devastated this New England city and galvanized the nation. The fire, wh...

Saving Staff Hours with SafetyPAD

Although budgets aren't as tight they have been in recent years, there are still too few tax dollars allocated to first responders to make chiefs stop lookin...

SafetyPAD Selected as North Central EMS Cooperative Partner

OPEN Incorporated, makers of the SafetyPAD® suite of software products for Fire and Emergency Medical Services, announced today that it has been selected by ...