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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

PRODUCTS/SERVICES/MEDIA

Nextteq's portable HAZMAT KITS come in standard (pictured) or deluxe versions and provide rapid identification of unknown chemicals and can detect contaminan...

Bellevue (WA) Adds Opticom Central Management Software for Emergency Response

Bellevue (WA) is transitioning to an Opticom® Multimode Traffic Signal Priority control system, which includes Opticom® Central Management Software (CMS) ena...

North Carolina Firefighter Develops Google Glass App

A computer-savvy firefighter in North Carolina is hoping a bit of futuristic wearable technology and clever programming can help save time and lives

Construction Concerns: Tall Buildings

Gregory Havel takes a quick look at the future of firefighting in increasingly tall high-rise buildings.

Swedish Positioning System Can Track Firefighters Underground

New technology developed in Sweden allows firefighters to be tracked even when they're 25 meters underground.

NASFM Foundation Issues Report on Addressing Lack of Fire Causes in NFIRS

Updating fire incident data reports when fire departments obtain new information, such as fire investigation results, could have the largest impact of any ac...

VectorLearning Acquires Web-based Training Services Provider TargetSolutions

VectorLearning, a leader in online education and training for a broad range of industries through its RedVector, CiNet, and CiNet-RedVector brands, recently ...

D.C. Fire Department Unveils New Social Media Policy

D.C. Fire and EMS recently unveiled a new social media policy that that bans fire department employees from taking photos or video of fire or accident scenes...

Three Additional Ohio Fire Departments Implement SafetyPAD EMS

OPEN Incorporated, makers of the SafetyPAD® suite of software products for Fire and Emergency Medical Services, announced its partnership with three addition...

Intertek Announces Engineering and Internship Scholarship Program

Intertek, a provider of quality and safety solutions for a wide range of industries around the world, is unveiling a new internship and scholarship program t...

Science on the Fireground for a Better Firefight

Many years ago, a young firefighter was chastised by his officer-me-for attacking an interior fire from an exterior position, based on the belief that the ho...

Firefighting Technology: 9/11 Kidney Study, DHS Compliance Assessment

Mary Jane Dittmar reviews some recent developments, including research showing that exposure to high levels of particulate matter causes significant damage t...

Elkhart Brass Extends $1,000 Credit Promotion

Elkhart Brass has extended its $1,000 credit offer with the purchase of the new Cobra EXM monitor.

Simtronics' GD10 Gas Detectors Now HART 7 Compliant

Simtronics, an IST Company, is pleased to announce the GD10 infrared combustible and carbon dioxide gas detectors have successfully satisfied all requirement...

Arson Epidemic in Detroit

The understaffed Detroit (MI) Fire Department is having a difficult time keeping up with investigating the thousands of arsons reported in the city each year.

AlertID Public Safety Service and Neighborhood Social Network Exceeds 1 Million Members

AlertID, the fastest growing secure neighborhood social networking platform, has exceeded 1 million registered members, and today released version 4.0 of its...

D.C. Fire Department Considers Encrypting Radio Communications

The D.C. fire department is considering using encryption for its scanner communicatons to prevent the public from listening in on emergency calls.

NIST Releases Report on Joplin (MO) Tornado

The National Institute of Standards and Technology developed 16 recommendations for improving how buildings and shelters are designed, constructed and m...

PRODUCTS/SERVICES/MEDIA

Innotex® Gloves, MODEL INNO795™, is based on the TRU-3D™ design and features fourchettes on all sides of every finger and thumb from cuff to cuff.

Philadelphia Fire Department Testing Out New Mobile Firefighting App

Philadelphia (PA) firefighters are beta-testing a new mobile app designed to give them more information about the fireground.

LINC Study Published in JAMA Reinforces the Safety and Effectiveness of the LUCAS Chest Compression System

Physio-Control,in emergency medical response technologies industry, today announced that the comprehensive results of the LUCAS in Cardiac Arrest (LINC) clin...

Construction Concerns: Types of Construction

After a number of years collection of data by NFIRS, data analysis will be possible, making it more possible to educate firefighters, builders, and design pr...

Green Bay (WI) Firefighters Change Tactics

A nationwide study by fire researchers that says some of the methods firefighters have used for decades don't work and it's prompting the Green Bay Metro Fir...

New First Responder Technology Under Development

The team at Upslope Technologies, a Colorado-based company seeking to develop better software products for the firefighting community, is seeking input from ...

ACAF® Systems Inc.-PFS Fire Suppression Group, LLC to Show at POWER-GEN International

ACAF® Systems Inc.-PFS Fire Suppression Group, LLC, a manufacturer of FM Approved, compressed air foam, fire suppression systems, announces their participati...

DHS S&T Announces New Accreditation Organizations to Join Compliance Assessment Program

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) today announced that the American Association for Laboratory Accr...

Maryland EMS Veteran Rick Himes Named Representative for Atrus AED Link

Atrus, Inc., creators of the innovative AED LinkTM system and the National AED RegistryTM, announces that Maryland EMS veteran Rick Himes has joined the comp...

Cambium Networks Introduces PTP 650

Cambium Networks™, a provider of wireless broadband solutions, today launched PTP 650, a new sub-6 GHz addition to its field-proven PTP portfolio.

Park Ridge Adopts All-Digital, Interoperable First Responder Technology City-Wide

The City of Park Ridge announced today the adoption of first responder technology CommandScopeTM to assist in saving lives and property in cases of emergenci...

Honeywell Honors Colorado Volunteer Fire Departments for Bravery During Wildfires

Honeywell (NYSE : HON) today is honoring the courageous firefighters who helped the Colorado Springs (CO) community through the Waldo Canyon Wildfires of 201...

iCERT Adds International Apps Provider as Member

The Industry Council for Emergency Response Technologies (iCERT) today announced that NowForce, a provider of emergency response software and mobile app...

D.C. Fire & EMS Frequent Flyers Reduce by 48 Percent With Help of SafetyPAD

OPEN Incorporated, makers of the SafetyPAD® suite of technology products for Emergency Medical Services, continues to provide critical tools to assist D.C. F...

Potomac Spectrum Partners, LLC (PSP) Partners with PowerTrunk

Potomac Spectrum Partners, LLC, (PSP) headquartered in southern Oregon, announced today that it is partnering with PowerTrunk (PT), a subsidiary of Teltronic...

Smith Micro and In Motion Technology Partner to Provide End-to-End Connection Management

Smith Micro Software, Inc. today announced the company has partnered with In Motion Technology, a leader in mobile enterprise networks, to deliver secure, re...

Report on the Blast Effects of Ammonium Nitrate Available to the Fire Service

In August, AristaTek, Inc., a provider of hazardous materials response solutions, prepared the brief "Ammonium Nitrate Estimated Blast Effects," wh...

Industry Group Applauds Introduction of Innovation Act

On Wednesday, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), along with a bi-partisan group of Representatives, introduced a bill (HR 3309) to addr...