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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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Morphix Technologies Develops and Releases New Cyanide (AC/CK) Cassette

Morphix Technologies®, an innovator in the science of detection devices for dangerous chemicals, in response to the demand from the firefighting community, h...

Professor Uses 3-D Technology to Improve Firefighter Gear

Cornell University Professor Huiju Park, who works in fiber science and apparel design, is using 3-D technology to improve firefighter gear and reduce the nu...

University Professor Making 'Smart' Firefighting Gloves

The way it works is a firefighter would point the glove at an object and it vibrates. It vibrates harder when it’s closer to an object, softer when it’s fart...

Unit Citation Presentation for Van Dusen Rescue

On Tuesday, April 21, 2012, a large contingent of Fire/EMS units that responded to a reported Confined Space Rescue in the 5400 block of Van Dusen Road in La...

Gamewell-FCI Hosting Educational Seminars

Gamewell-FCI by Honeywell (NYSE: HON) plans to host a series of seminars aimed to educate engineers, facility managers, security directors and Authorities Ha...

Investigators Identity Origin of Boeing 787 Battery Fire

Federal safety officials said they have identified the origin of the battery fire on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner last month.

Silent Knight Systems Provide Alfred University Long-Term Fire Protection

Silent Knight by Honeywell (NYSE: HON) and integrator FSC Systems LLC announce a continuation of Farenhyt fire alarm system installations on the campus of Al...

Friction Loss Rules of Thumb

In "Every Pump Operator's Basic Equation," (Fire Engineering, October 2012, 51-65), I explained how to properly achieve the discharge pressure for ...

Assessing Rural Water Supply: A Geospatial Approach

Access to dependable water supply suffic-ient to achieve needed fire flows (NFF) is critical for any fire department, but for rural departments, this can pos...

CXT Wireless Gas Detection Sensors are Ideal for Mobile Applications

Detcon's rugged new CXT-Series wireless gas detection sensors are designed for use in heavy industrial environments and especially suitable for mobile applic...

Habitat for Humanity Helping Rebuild Homes and Lives at Breezy Point

Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES), the global leader in broadband satellite solutions and services, continues to provide satellite broadband Internet and ...

City of Memphis Re-ups with Digitech

Earlier this month, the City of Memphis Division of Fire Services quietly renewed its contract with Digitech Computer, Inc. for the provision of EMS billing ...

Thales Appoints Chief Technology Officer and Strategic Initiatives Lead for U.S. Communications Business

Thales Communications, Inc., a global leader in the development, manufacture, and support of tactical communications products for warfighters and first respo...

City Sees $2.5M Increase in Collections in First Year of EMS Billing Contract

Earlier this month, the City of Memphis Division of Fire Services quietly renewed its contract with Digitech Computer, Inc. for the provision of EMS billing ...

School District Capitalizes on Non-Proprietary Fire Alarms

Fire-Lite Alarms by Honeywell (NYSE:HON) systems transformed the fire protection throughout a dozen elementary, middle and high school facilities in the Chea...

DuPont and LION Collaborate to Better Protect Firefighters and First Responders

DuPont and LION have collaborated on a new offering for firefighters and first responders: gear that protects, from the inside-out with the most advanced ble...

Audience Response Technology Helps Firefighters Improve Child Safety

The Milwaukee Fire Department (MFD) provides rescue services to a broad, diverse, urban region.

Understanding Emergency Communications

If everyone is on the same page when it comes to communications, the department will be more effective, efficient, and successful, Jonah Smith writes.

New Orleans EMS Prepares for Super Bowl XLVII and Mardi Gras

As preparations are finalized for Super Bowl XLVII and Mardi Gras, the City of New Orleans Emergency Medical Services (NOEMS), an award winning, internationa...

Super Absorbing Solutions at IDEA

Technical Absorbents (TAL) will exhibit at the IDEA Nonwovens and Engineered Fabrics exhibition in April.

SafetyPAD Partners with Boston Area Hospital to Allow Patient Data Sharing

OPEN Incorporated, makers of the SafetyPAD® suite of technology products for Emergency Medical Services, announces that Brigham and Women’s Hospital implemen...

Cassidian Communications Announces General Availability of New Systems

Cassidian Communications, an EADS North America company, is pleased to announce the general availability of the new VESTA® 4.0 and Sentinel® 4.0 NG9-1-1 comm...

USFA Releases Cooking Fires Report

According to a new report from the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), cooking remained the leading cause of all residential building fires and injuries for the...

TenCate Protective Fabrics Wins Orders

The IJsselland and North-East Gelderland fire brigades in the Netherlands have opted for the optimal protection of inherently heat- and flame-resistant mater...

Cassidian Communications to Attend 2013 CALNENA 911 Mission Critical Training Event

Cassidian Communications, an EADS North America company, will participate in the 2013 CALNENA Mission Critical Training event, taking place January 23-24 in ...

Pill Gathers Data on Australian Firefighters' Core Temperatures

Data is being gathered on Australian firefighters working on the front lines by way of tiny pills that, once swallowed, relay information on crew members' co...

FirstWatch to Monitor Mardi Gras and Super Bowl Crowds

With huge crowds expected to descend on New Orleans for Mardi Gras and Super Bowl XLVII, public safety and public health officials are deploying FirstWatch R...

Streamlight Debuts High Lumen Lights

Streamlight® Inc., a leading provider of high-performance lighting and weapon light/laser sighting devices, debuted its growing line of High Lumen (HL) flash...

Thermo Fisher Scientific Enhances Handheld Raman Chemical Analyzer Software

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., the world leader in serving science, today announced software enhancements to its Thermo Scientific FirstDefender RM and First...

Vehicle Extrication: Electric Vehicles and Their Charging Stations

Matt Stroud describes various types of electric vehicle charging stations firefighters may encounter and potential hazards and incidents that could involve t...

US Fire Administration Releases Highway Vehicle Fires Report

The Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) issued a special report today examining the characteristics of highway vehic...

St. Pete (FL) Fire Department Receives E-ONE Fire Apparatus

The St. Pete (FL) Fire Department recently added an E-ONE HP 78 ladder to its very active fire apparatus fleet.

Westfield NY Fire Displaces Four Families

Items piled on a bedroom baseboard heater ignited to start a fire early Saturday that displaced four families in Westfield (NY).

Air Methods Closes Acquisition of Sundance Helicopters

Air Methods Corporation (Nasdaq:AIRM), in the air medical transportation field, announced today that it has successfully completed its acquisition of Sundanc...

PRODUCTS/SERVICES/MEDIA

VSTEP's RESCUESIM is in use by the Dutch Railways (NS) to train its personnel in tunnel evacuation procedures and railway incident management.

Legacy of Retired Air Force Fire Chief

After 46 years of service, the Air Force's top firefighter stepped down.