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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

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...

Halon Replacement: Water Mist Fire Extinguishing Systems

Are you current in fire extinguishing technology? A look at one system that can replace Halon 1301 and Halon 1211.

2015 International Codes Support Resiliency, Safety, Innovation, Affordability in the Built Environment

Jurisdictions and other code users can begin today to prepare for adoption and use of the newest building safety codes. 

Wildland Fire Forecasting Technology Not Available Becuase of Lack of Funds

Scientists from the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) have developed wildfire modeling technology that could help predict the growth of wildlan...

Panel Decides to Push Tougher Chemical Security Decision Until 2016

A final decision on whether to issue tougher chemical security and safety rules likely will not be made until at least 2016 -- three years after the tragic e...

Tyco SimplexGrinnell Demonstrates the Value of eServices at NFPA Expo

Tyco SimplexGrinnell, in the fire and life safety industry, is showing attendees at the NFPA Expo the increasing importance of eServices -- the integrated su...
 LEADER Provides Wired Communication for Confined Spaces

LEADER Provides Wired Communication for Confined Spaces

LEADER Com ensures a continuous, reliable, and very clear communication between the safety attendant and members of teams engaged in confined space entry, pa...

Medrills 3D Training Courses Now Available on the CentreLearn Training System

Technology and ARFF: Saving Lives Through Innovation

A look at four essential elements of aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF): agents, applications, appliances, and apparatus.

NIOSH Ladder Safety Smart Phone App is a Finalist for Innovation Award

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)'s ladder safety smart phone app is a finalist in the national HHS Innovates awards contest....

DuPont Receives Two Energy Efficiency Awards for DuPont Nomex Manufacturing

DuPont was today awarded an American Chemistry Council Responsible Care® Energy Efficiency Award and the Industrial Energy Technology Conference Energy Award...

Big Data in the Fire Service

Will Linger-The more accurately you measure your operational outputs, the better you can manage your inputs. Learn to use data as the excellent tool that it ...

Microturbines and the Fire Service

Ronald R. Spadafora-These small-scale electricity generators can pose problems if firefighting personnel unfamiliar with them encounter them in a fire or an ...

Storm Shelter App Helps Locate Victims Trapped Under Rubble

Former IBM field tech and firefighter Shonn Neidel and brother-in-law Dan McIntyre have developed an app that will help firefighters pinpoint people trapped ...

Apply Now for Four Sets of Globe Gear

Need new gear for your department? The deadline to apply for four sets of new turnout gear through the Globe Gear Giveaway program is June 1. Apply now for y...

Toledo (OH) Fire and Rescue: 'Simulator Provides Training for Any Conceivable Incident'

The Toledo (OH) Fire and Rescue Department (TFRD) recently enhanced its training capacity through the acquisition of RescueSim virtual training platform tech...

NYC 911 Overhaul Temporarily Suspended

All work on the Emergency Communications Transformation Program, the troubled New York City 911 overhaul, has been suspended for 60 days.

Roundtable: Firefighting Technology

What do you consider the most significant technological advancement in the fire service over the last 50 years? Share your views with other Fire Engineering ...

Brookhaven NY Improves Safety for Emergency Response Teams

The Town of Brookhaven responds to more than 5,000 emergency calls every month. The town made the decision to upgrade to Opticom GPS priority control technol...

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...