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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

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...

Industry Council Issues Position Statement on Exploitative Patent Litigation in Emergency Communications

In response to the many Congressional proposals in this arena, the Industry Council for Emergency Response Technologies (iCERT) today announced the associati...

Provo (UT) Firefighters Train for Underwater Rescue Situation

Firefighters are used to running into burning buildings, using their self-contained breathing apparatus to breathe in thick smoke and muscling their way thro...

Bionomic Industries' Series 9000 Preformed Spray Scrubber

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...