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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

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...

How "All-in-One" Software Tools Can Do More Harm than Good

The problem is that, more often than not, the opposite is true, writes FDM Software's Ed Colin.

Theme for Building Safety Month Week 1 Announced

Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, fire sprinklers, and passive fire-rated construction such as fire walls and fire doors designed to stop the spread of fire ...

Maryland Fire Department to Use Drones

The Montgomery County (MD) Fire and Rescue Service has purchased three drones that it hopes will help improve firefighting operations.

No Reprimand for San Francisco Firefighter for Helmet Cam Filming Rig Hitting Girl

San Francisco's fire chief has quietly rescinded her reprimand of a battalion chief whose helmet-mounted camera captured the moment when a 16-year-old surviv...

FDNY Shares Technology on The Discovery Channel

Planet Earth visit's the FDNY to explain their new award-winning high-rise firefighting technology. Watch the video clip here

First Responder Biodetection Technology Guide Updated

A 2014 update to a detailed product guide listing biodetection technologies and sampling products is now available.

FDIC 2014 Recap: Meritor WABCO Introduces its Vehicle Control Systems

Meritor WABCO's Electronic Stability Control (ESC) ensures safe and fast arrival to emergency situations.

FDIC 2014 Recap: Hurst Jaws of Life's eDRAULIC 2.0 Line

E-ONE Debuts Redesigned Quest Cab at FDIC 2014

E-ONE Debuts Redesigned Quest Cab at FDIC 2014

After months of in-the-field customer research collecting data from fire departments across the country, E-ONE debuted its redesigned Quest custom cab with m...

Vision 20/20 Model Performance in Fire Prevention Symposium Materials Available

The presentations from the Vision 20/20 Model Performance in Fire Prevention symposiums are now available online! If you go to Vision 20/20, they are under t...

DHS Releases Updated First Responder Biodetection Technology Guide

A 2014 update to a detailed product guide listing biodetection technologies and sampling products is now available.

iCERT Statement on Funding Principles to Support the Continued Evolution of 911 Services and Systems

The Industry Council for Emergency Response Technologies (iCERT) today announced the association's recently developed policy position on Funding Principles t...

Pierce Displays Largest Contingent of Custom Fire and Emergency Response Apparatus at FDIC

Pierce Manufacturing, an Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK) company, and a North American manufacturer of fire and emergency vehicles, is showcasing 14 fire and ...

Pierce Re-Launches Enforcer Chassis

Pierce Manufacturing, an Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK) company, today re-launched the Pierce Enforcer custom fire chassis at the Fire Department Instructors...

Navy and Colleges Working to Build Robot Firefighter

Before the year is out, the Navy will start a fire on one of its ships and send in a robot to put it out.

FDM Announces Support for New Text to 911 Standard for Hearing Impaired

For Canada's hearing or speech impaired, calling 911 in an emergency hasn't been possible. Until now.

Eye Safety Systems Introduces Crossbow Photochromic Eyeshield

Eye Safety Systems Introduces Crossbow Photochromic Eyeshield

Eye Safety Systems, Inc. (ESS) announced the introduction of its new ballistic Crossbow eyeshield with photochromic transition lens. The Crossbow Photochromi...

Dispelling Misconceptions About New Vehicle Technology at FDIC 2014

"When the event [vehicle accident] has happened, that's it--it's over, done, finished," Matt Stroud told students at his Monday morning FDIC 2014 w...

Industry Council Issues Position Statement on Emergency Alerts and Warnings

The Industry Council for Emergency Response Technologies (iCERT) today announced the association's recently developed policy position on emergency alerts and...

U.S. Navy to Test Firefighting Robot

The U.S. Navy will be testing its anthropomorphic firefighting robot this summer on a decommissioned amphibious landing ship.