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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

York County Department of Emergency Services Advances 9-1-1 Technology

York County Department of Emergency Services (YCDES), Pennsylvania, is moving to the next generation of 9-1-1 technology from their current software partner.

FL Fire Department Unveils New Fire Truck Simulator

Miami-Dade (FL) Fire Rescue's Training Division recently took delivery of a state-of-the-art driving simulator.

Tablet Command Establishes Giving Plan with the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

Simple Track LLC, the creators of Tablet Command, an incident command iPad app, announced that it has committed a portion of every sale to the National Falle...

"ManDown App" a New Life-Saving Personal Safety App

A team of four professional firefighters has developed a smartphone app that has the potential to save lives.

Morphix Technologies Introduces New Chameleon Arson Investigation Kit

Morphix Technologies®, an innovator in the science of detection devices for dangerous chemicals, has released the new Chameleon® Arson Investigation Kit to p...

Industrial Safety Technologies Acquires Simtronics

Industrial Safety Technologies announced the addition of Simtronics AS (based in Oslo, Norway) and Simtronics SAS (based in Aubagne, France) to its platform.

Firefighting Technology Roundup: Driverless Cars, Down Firefighter Transport, and More

Mary Jane Dittmar takes a look at vehicle safety technologies from the 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show; Motorola's progress on interoperability ...

Preplanning Detours: You Can Get There from Here

Developing preincident detour plans for your response area can help firefighters respond more efficiently and safely to roadway incidents, Vicki Schmidt writ...

White House Releases Veterans Employment Report

As part of their Joining Forces initiative, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden addressed the National Governors Association and renewed their call ...

Fit for Duty: The Biological Component

In our last monthly adventure, we began a discussion about how our fitness for duty is a critical influence in how we deliver service, which is basically the...

Video Details Firefighter Response to Electric Vehicles

A new video dealing with firefighter response to emergencies involving electric vehicles is now available on YouTube. Presented by vehicle rescue instructor ...

Making Fire Service Accountability Work

Finding an effective accountability system for your fire department begins with fostering a sense of personal accountability among your firefighters at all t...

DHS to Open National Urban Security Technology Laboratory in New York

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) will unveil the new location of its National Urban Security Tec...

The Fire Service and Social Media: Time to Get Engaged

If the fire service is to remain relevant, competitive, and a political winner, fire departments must embrace social media and use it to strengthen their rel...

ASAP Systems Helps Fire Department Track Thousands of Inventory and Asset Items

Arlington County Fire Department (ACFD), located just outside of Washington D.C., is using ASAP Systems' Passport software with barcode technology and Motoro...

Gamewell-FCI Sees Rise in Specialty Detection

Gamewell-FCI by Honeywell (NYSE: HON) is experiencing an increase in the number of aspiration, gas, and flame detection products its nationwide network of En...

Ferno Launches a New Website


Ferno has launched a new website for the U.S. EMS market at www.FernoEMS.com.

Scottsburg Fire Department Uses iPad Technology to Improve Work Flow

The Scottsburg Fire Department (IN) has purchased iPads to be placed in their apparatus for on-scene use for Preplans, hydrant locations, hybrid vehicle refe...

Thales Appoints New Business Development Lead for U.S. Communications Business

Thales Communications, Inc., in the development, manufacture, and support of tactical communications products for warfighters and first responders, has appoi...

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.