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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

E-ONE Receives the First ProTech Orders

ProTech, the unique new safety technology package developed by E-ONE, has received significant interest and activity since its debut during the 2013 FDIC. Th...

Expanded Emergency Communication Systems for Smaller Places

NOTIFIER by Honeywell (NYSE: HON) introduces the First Command emergency communication system (ECS), designed to seamlessly interface with virtually any...

PRODUCTS/SERVICES/MEDIA

BURN, a documentary that depicts the lives of Detroit Engine Company 50's firefighters, takes viewers close to the action as Detroit's finest battle the city...

Fit for Duty: the Social Component

We have been discussing in recent columns a four-category approach to evaluating how prepared we are to deliver service.

Roundtable: Thermal Imaging Cameras

Does your department have thermal imaging cameras, and when do you actually use one? Also, does your department have a written policy concerning imager use? ...

MaxLite’s LED Fixtures Saves Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Company Time and Money

The Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Company in Maryland sought new energy saving lighting throughout its facility that would brighten up dimly lit area...

Two NFA Off-Campus Courses Need Your Help

Two, free, NFA off-campus courses are in need of students. Students in Connecticut and New Hampshire are urged to register via the appropriate State Fire/EMS...

Firefighting Tech Roundup: Construction Developments, Collapse Warning Technology

Mary Jane Dittmar relates several technological developments that may be of consequence to firefighters, including a review of the topic of polyurethane chem...

Baldwin (PA) Man Rescued After Man's Foot Stuck in Pipe

A Baldwin (PA) resident fell into a hole in his backyard, lodging his foot in an exposed terracotta pipe.

FEMA Approves Omnilert as IPAWS Alert Originator for Emergency Alert System

Omnilert today announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved the company's products as IPAWS alert originators.

United States Air Force Success Using First Twenty Program

The First Twenty's mission is to decrease heart-attackrelated Line of Duty Deaths amongst firefighters by educating and thus equipping firefighters through p...

Information on Fire Protection and Safety in Tunnels Awards 2013

Arena's successful Fire Protection and Safety in Tunnel's conference will see the launch of the first ever Fire Protection and Safety in Tunnels Awards Dinne...

Navistar Launches Heavy-Duty International Workstar with 13-liter SCR Engine

Navistar, Inc. today announced the launch of its heavy-duty International® WorkStar® vocational trucks powered by the company's 13-liter engine with Selectiv...

Icom Provides IDAS Communications for Florida's Levy County

Icom America has been contracted by Levy County to supply, install, optimize and maintain an IDAS™ digital two-way radio system for its County agencies.

Resensys' Technology Prevents Bridge and Building Collapses

Resensys LLC's real-time, comprehensive, wireless, low-cost and low-maintenance structural health detection system helps prevent bridges from collapsing.

Firefighting Technology Roundup: Liquid Protection for PPE and More

Mary Jane Dittmar reviews some technological developments in various disciplines, including the development of improved procedures for evaluating fire respon...

Company-Association News

BIOFIRE DIAGNOSTICS, INC.'s FilmArray system received U.S. Patent No. 8,394,608 from the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Pursuing Proactive Fire Service Solutions

Chevrolet introduced one of the first commercially available gasoline injection systems in an American-made car.

How Many Personal Computers Do We Need in the Stations?

The need for efficient communication, mandated data collection and reporting, and computer-based training methods has digitized the fire service.

Use of GIS and Social Networks Help Fight Colorado Wildfires

Predicting where a dangerous wildfire is going to start can be very difficult, but geographic information systems (GIS) can quickly analyze geographic data a...

Pierce, Detroit Announce Extension of Exclusive Fire Service Relationship

Pierce Manufacturing, an Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK) company, and Detroit Diesel Corporation today announced a five-year extension to their original 2009 ...

MN8-Foxfire and Phenix Technology Introduce Customizable Illuminating and Reflective Helmet Magnet Panels

MN8-Foxfire, the developer of breakthrough advanced photoluminescent technology products for firefighters has partnered with Phenix Technology Inc., an indus...

MIJA Releases Critical Alert Technology for Pressurized Cylinder Gas Measurement

MIJA, Inc., a technology provider that delivers solutions for pressurized gas measurement and critical information, announces the launch of its Critical Aler...

Firetrace International's New E4 System Redefines Total Flooding Suppression

Firetrace International used the NFPA Conference & Expo to showcase its new E4 total-flooding system; the 4th evolution of clean agent systems that the c...

High-Tech Equipment Aids Fight Against Arizona Forest Fires

Tablet computers and satellites have been added to the equipments deployed in Arizona's battle to save its clogged, fire-prone ponderosa pine forests.

Firefighting Technology: Robot Creates 3-D Thermal Imaging Pictures

A new firefighting robot project under development has the potential to develop three-dimensional thermal imager portraits of the interiors of burning struct...

Firefighting Technology: Robot Tests Chemical Protective Clothing

Mary Jane Dittmar reviews two emerging robotic projects that may benefit the fire service: an anthropomorphic robot designed for testing chemical protection ...

FDM Software and OPEN Inc. Forge Partnership

Companies to co-market and support Records Management and Computer Aided Dispatch systems, Mapping and Analysis solutions, and SafetyPAD® suite throughout No...

KME Award Finalist for Pennsylvania Governor's ImPAct Awards

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett recognized KME as a Pennsylvania company that is creating jobs and making positive contributions to the state's economy at ...

DMR Association Announces Completion of Tier III and Tier II Interoperability Testing Sessions

The Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) Association today announces the completion of three further successful DMR interoperability test sessions. Two sessions were f...

SafetyPAD Produces First NEMSIS 3 CARES Data Exchange with Chicago Fire

OPEN Incorporated, makers of the SafetyPAD® suite of technology products for Emergency Medical Services, recently began automatically sending cardi...

Phenix Technology Announces TL-2 Miller 1884 Fire Helmet

Phenix Technology, Inc. is introducing the Phenix TL-2 Miller 1884, an NFPA-compliant traditional leather fire helmet.

SWAC Ensures Secure Access to Critical Infrastructure Sites

Real-Time Technology Group (RTTG), a provider of trusted identity solutions, brings to market an unprecedented solution that enables public agencies and priv...

Discuss Advances in Firefighter PPE in Upcoming Twitter Chat

On May 21 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. EDT, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) will host a Twitter chat with F...

Fire-Lite Alarms ECC Mass Notification System Recognized by Security Industry Association

Fire-Lite Alarms by Honeywell (NYSE:HON) announces its new Emergency Command Center (ECC) has earned the top Mass Notification System award in the Security I...

TheFireStore’s Facebook Application Offers Wish List Creation

TheFireStore.com has partnered with Axle Digital to launch a Social Wishlist on the Facebook page of TheFireStore.com.