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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

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.

Akron Brass Acquires Assets of Reach Engineering LLC

Akron Brass Company, a division of Premier Farnell [LON:PFL] a high service distributor of electronic components, has today announced it has acquired the ass...

Modular Concerns: Do We Have a Problem?

Kevin Gallagher continues his exploration of modular construction, this time with an eye toward data collecting.

DHS Teams Up With NASA to Find Heartbeats in Rubble

The Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate (S&T), in partnership with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory will demonstrate the...

Physio-Control and PulsePoint Announce Partnership

Physio-Control, a provider of emergency medical response technologies worldwide, and the PulsePoint Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to provid...

Acadian Ambulance Puts Mobile in Motion to Streamline Patient Care

Motion Computing, a global provider of mobile technology, announced today Acadian Ambulance, one of the largest private ambulance services in the US, is depl...

Scenario Maps Designed to Manage Possible Levee Breach

The people of Muscatine (IA) enjoy the beauty and the power of the Mississippi River, but they live in fear of floods.

Physio-Control and The PulsePoint Foundation Announce Partnership

Physio-Control, a provider of emergency medical response technologies worldwide, and the PulsePoint Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to provid...

Homeland Security to Host 5th Annual Video Quality in Public Safety Workshop

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) will host the 5th Annual Video Quality in Public Safety (VQiPS) Worksh...

A Simple, Inexpensive Technique Combats Tunnel Fires

A fixed firefighting system, which has not previously been used for fires in tunnels, will be tested by SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden. The system...

CommandScope Pre-Plan Technology Changing the Nature of First Response

Fort Shelby is adopting RealView, LLC's CommandScopeTM Pre-Plan technology to help protect the guests, staff and property, but also to ease the burden for De...

Innovative TenCate Fabrics Help Firefighters Stay Cooler

At the Emergency Service Show 2013 in Birmingham (UK) on September 25 and 26, TenCate Protective Fabrics will be exhibiting new lines in fabrics and systems ...

Israel Creates Wildfire Forecasting Technology

In response to devastating wildfires, Israel has developed the world's first forecasting system for wildland fires.

Emergency Warning Systems Presents New Product

Emergency Warning Systems e(w)s has announced its system that works through any radio fitted to a vehicle by over-broadcasting all radio stations received in...

Emergency CallWorks Demonstrates Hostable, Single Software Platform for Next Generation 9-1-1 Call Management

Emergency CallWorks Inc., a provider of Next Generation 9-1-1 and emergency incident management software for the public safety industry, announced today that...

Emergency Vehicle Warning System Designed to Create Safer Highways

The Emergency Vehicle Warning System is specially designed to allow police, fire, and ambulance vehicles the ability to alert motorists with a visible and au...

NIH Study: Flame Retardants Interfere with Body's Natural Hormones

"Brominated flame retardants (BFRs), can mimic estrogen hormones and possibly disrupt the body's endocrine system," according research undertaken b...

Firefighting Technology: Cloud Enhances Innovation in Robotics for Disaster Response

DARPA's Virtual Robotics Challenge, run over the cloud, made it possible for more than 100 teams from around the world to compete from remote locations.

Scott Safety, Motorola Sign Product Interface Agreement

Scott Safety and Motorola Solutions today announced the two companies have signed a product development agreement, designed to enhance firefighter safety and...

AFSA Releases New eCampus Online Training

The American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA) announces that Applied Sprinkler Technology (AST) 107: Hydraulic Calculations and System Demand is now availab...

More Than Half of California's Wireless 9-1-1 Calls Delivered Without Caller Location Information

CALNENA, the California Chapter of the National Emergency Number Association, today filed extensive data with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC...