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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

The New FLIR PathFindIR II Night Vision Camera

The PathfinderIR II allows first responders to see potential hazards up to four times further away than with a vehicle’s headlights alone.

Introducing IntelliSkin by RAM

Introducing IntelliSkin™ with GDS™ technology by RAM® for the Samsung Galaxy. IntelliSkin™ by RAM brings a global industry first to the public safety market ...

Arizona Firefighters Rescue Women from Flooded House

Galls, LLC, Announces Acquisition of Best Uniforms, Inc.

Galls, LLC, North America's distributor of uniforms and equipment to the public safety market, announced today that it has acquired Best Uniforms, Inc., a re...

Spartan Chassis Presents Connectivity Solution Providing Firefighters Enhanced Productivity

Spartan Chassis ("Spartan"), a business unit of Spartan Motors, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPAR), will showcase its connectivity and Wi-Fi hotspot solution in D...

9/11 Commission Report Authors Warn of Cyberattack Threats

The Reflections on the Tenth Anniversary of the 9/11 Commission Report, prepared by the authors of the 9/11 Commission, warns that the threat of terrorism is...

Bus Fires: Best Practices for Reducing the Risk

Bus fire safety encompasses many aspects of design, operation, maintenance, evacuation, and first responders. Fredrik Rosen of SP Fire Research on current re...

Warner Bodies Moves into New Manufacturing Facility

Warner Bodies, a leading manufacturer of service bodies, crane trucks, haulers, fire/rescue trucks, brush trucks and custom vehicles is celebrating its move ...

Motorola Solutions Public Safety Survey Shows Increasing Interest in Data and Multiple Formats

The way that public safety agencies communicate is changing dramatically. A significant majority – 70 percent – say getting data messages through is equal in...

The U.S. National Grid: Read Right, Then Up

U.S. National Grid advocate and Florida lieutenant Al Studt examines this, the national standard coordinate system of the United States.

Polartec, True North Collaborate to Benefit Wildland Fire Foundation

True North Gear has collaborated with Polartec to produce and sell 2,000 limited edition, flame resistant t-shirts to raise money for the Wildland Firefighte...

Siemens Announces New Fire Alarm Systems with Intelligent Voice Communication

Siemens Intelligent Voice Communication systems, available on both the Desigo® Fire Safety and Cerberus® PRO portfolios, deliver to small and mid-sized build...

Revolutionary Fire Blanket Offers Over 200 Percent More Fire Protection to Firefighters and Homes

With California in a record draught and fire season upon us, it is welcome news that a fire blanket that is over 200 percent more effective than current prot...


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Preincident Planning for Agricultural Occupancies

Every farm is a unique operation with an array of potential hazards and risks for operating first responders. Know the hazards.

Cummins Ethos 2.8L Engine Demonstrates 50 to 80 Percent Reduction in Carbon Dioxide Emissions

Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) announced the development of an engine and powertrain that reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by as much as 80 percent compared w...

PIXIA Corp and Esri Provide New Suite of Data Access Solutions

PIXIA Corp., in the industry of fast access to large data, announced a new relationship with Esri to integrate PIXIA’s geospatial intelligence solutions into...

Firefighter Technology Roundup: USAR Locator and More

Mary Jane Dittmar reviews some new technology that may be of interest to firefighters, including a locator for urban search and rescue operations, wall-scali...

Waterous Company Announces New Hires and Promotions

Waterous Company, in the fire suppression technology and manufacturing industry, announced new hires and promotions today.

Science Elements Podcast Highlights the Science of Fireworks

The July feature of Science Elements, the American Chemical Society’s (ACS’) weekly podcast series, shines the spotlight on the science of fireworks, ju...

UNH Delivers Secure Emergency Alert Information to Mobile Devices With Triveni Digital Solutions

Triveni Digital today announced that the University of New Hampshire (UNH), in partnership with New Hampshire Public Television (NHPTV) and the New Hampshire...
CDC Releases Blast Injury App

CDC Releases Blast Injury App

This application equips you with the critical decision-making information you need to provide medical care or manage mass casualties, all from your mobile de...


Hannay Reels' ECR1600 CABLE REEL offers a live connection of power cable for direct wiring to a collector ring assembly with an electric rewind and switch an...
New Station 9 Opens in East Lake

New Station 9 Opens in East Lake

A new fire station is now open and ready to respond to emergencies in East Lake and elsewhere in Chattanooga when needed.

Emerson Ultrasonic Leak Detector Receives DNV Type Approval for Marine Applications

Emerson Process Management's Rosemount Analytical GDU-Incus ultrasonic leak detector has received the highly respected Det Norske Veritas (DNV) type approval.

Motorola Solutions Upgrades North Carolina Burke County with Latest 9-1-1 Dispatching Technology

Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) and Intrado announced the future implementation of an Advanced 9-1-1® (A9-1-1®) system in Burke County (NC).

Boston Launches Overhauled 911 Dispatch System

On Tuesday, the city of Boston launched a $17M upgrade to its 911 dispatch system that is intended to improve response times.

New Technologies Focus on First Responder "Capability Gaps" and Needs - Parts 1 and 2

Evolving technologies from DHS, USFA, NIST, and NIOSH aim at improving firefighter health and safety and operational efficiencies.

908 Devices

908 Devices Announces Completion of Successful Testing for M908

908 Devices, a pioneer of purpose-built analytical devices for chemical analysis, announces the successful completion of performance testing for the M908TM h...
Ensuring Fire Barrier Integrity at New Parkland Hospital in Texas

Ensuring Fire Barrier Integrity at New Parkland Hospital in Texas

The new 2.5 million-square-foot Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas, scheduled to open this fall, is considered to be the largest healthcare construction proj...