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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

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...

Berkeley Scientists Say Time is Right for Fire Detection Satellite

As firefighters emerge from another record wildfire season in the Western United States, University of California, Berkeley, scientists say it’s time to give...

Ventura Making Investments in Motorola's Real-Time Crime Center Solution

The amount of data and how to access and use it effectively is a challenge for public safety officials.

Trident Cases and Arkon Mounts Lock Down Mobile Devices for First Responders

For first responders, finding the fastest route to an emergency is crucial.

Study Reveals Top Emergency Communications Challenges

As mobile technologies and social media channels continue to penetrate Americans' communications behaviors, emergency managers are working diligently to ensu...

TetraKO, LLC Signs Distribution Agreement with Wormald in New Zealand

TetraKO, LLC, the fire suppression subsidiary of EarthClean Corporation, today announced that Tyco New Zealand Limited, trading as Wormald, a part of Tyco In...

CA Fire Department Uses Emergency Alert System for Charity Event

The Palo Alto (CA) Fire Department is under fire after using the local emergency alert system to draw attention to its charity pancake breakfast.

New LED Roadway Light from Larson Electronics Provides Upgraded Performance

Industrial Lighting leader Larson Electronics has announced the release of an LED roadway light designed to provide direct upgrade replacement capability for...

Willard Marine Names New Director of Sales

Willard Marine, a 56-year-old builder of composite and aluminum boats, announced the appointment of Taylor Hunter as director of sales.

Florida EMS Veteran Mike Vincent Joins Atrus

Atrus, Inc., creators of the AED Link™ system and the National AED Registry™, announces that Florida EMS veteran Mike Vincent has joined the company as a bus...

Tesla CEO Says Fire Caused by Impaled Battery

The CEO of electric car company Tesla says a battery in a Model S that caught fire this week was apparently impaled by a metal object.

Polartec Updates Flame Resistant Layering System to Provide Dual-Hazard Protection

In 2009, after many years of development work with the US Military and work-wear markets, Polartec® launched a revolutionary flame resistant (FR) fabric syst...

BullEx Launches ATTACK Digital Fire Training System

BullEx recently introduced its latest innovation, the ATTACK Digital Fire Training System, the first digital fire training technology that interacts with a h...

FDNY Approves Honeywell Power IP and GSM Fire Alarm Communicator

Honeywell (NYSE: HON) Power announces its IPGSM-4G fire alarm communicator has received approval from the Fire Department of New York for use in commercial f...

DuPont Launches Next-Generation Multi-Hazard Protection

As part of its focus on protecting people, DuPont today announced the launch of DuPont™ Nomex® MHPfabrics, the latest breakthrough in flame resistant innovat...

Airspace Announces Complete Redesign of Innovative Carbon Monoxide and Flammable Gas Detectors

The newly redesigned Airspace products offer 25% longer battery life and additional efficiency by using motion switch technology.

Code Council to Offer Cloud-Based Electronic Plan Submittal Technology to Enhance Service

International Code Council (ICC) and Avolve Software Corporation have entered into an agreement that gives the ICC a "Powered by Avolve" cloud-base...

Institute, DOE Partner to Develop Better Buildings Workforce Guidelines

Today, the National Institute of Building Sciences (Institute) announced a partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to coordinate an industry-dri...

Polartec Updates Flame Resistant Layering System to Provide Dual-Hazard Protection

In 2009, after many years of development work with the US Military and work-wear markets, Polartec® launched a revolutionary flame resistant (FR) fabric syst...

Setcom Releases the First Integrated Seat Communications System for Fire Apparatus

Setcom Corporation, a leading manufacturer of intercom systems and headsets for fire service vehicles, today released its latest innovation for fire apparatu...

Setcom Releases the First Integrated Seat Communications System for Fire Apparatus

Setcom® Corporation, a manufacturer of intercom systems and headsets for fire service vehicles, today released its latest innovation for fire apparatus commu...

Firefighting Technology: School Campus Security

Mary Jane Dittmar reviews a new technological solution for protecting campuses in Midlothian, Texas, and the installation of "panic buttons" on the...

Mapping Technology Helped Fight the Rim Fire (CA)

The past month's Rim Fire fired through more than a quarter million acres of land in California, but the tensest moment came on August 27th, when the fire ca...

Detcon Announces IR-700 is Certified SIL 2 Capable

Detcon, an IST Company, is pleased to announce that its environmentally bulletproof IR-700 infrared combustible hydocarbon gas detector is now certified SIL ...

Call for Papers for Third Vision 20/20 National Model Performance in Fire Prevention Symposium

Vision 20/20 is sponsoring the third national Model Performance in Fire Prevention Symposium on March 26 to 28 in Towson, Maryland.  This symposium will...

SkyProbes Announces Product that Restores Range on VHF Handhelds

SkyProbes™ Inc. has stated that its 14" long range broad band gain antenna for VHF handhelds can restore lost range due to system changes and other fact...

Find Me 911 Holds Policy Staff Briefing

Recent news coverage has exposed significant challenges faced by 9-1-1 Centers when they try to find victims when they call for help using a cell phone.