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Fire Technology Articles

Discuss Advances in Firefighter PPE in Upcoming Twitter Chat

On May 21 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. EDT, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) will host a Twitter chat with F...

Fire-Lite Alarms ECC Mass Notification System Recognized by Security Industry Association

Fire-Lite Alarms by Honeywell (NYSE:HON) announces its new Emergency Command Center (ECC) has earned the top Mass Notification System award in the Security I...

TheFireStore’s Facebook Application Offers Wish List Creation

TheFireStore.com has partnered with Axle Digital to launch a Social Wishlist on the Facebook page of TheFireStore.com.

Firefighting Technology Roundup: Bioterror Detection, Heat-Monitoring Sensor, and More

Mary Jane Dittmar reviews some new technologies that may assist firefighters, including a method for detecting bioterrorism threats and infections,  per...

Epic from Real-Time Technology Group Delivers Credentialing Solution for First Responders

Real-Time Technology Group (RTTG), a provider of trusted identity solutions, announces advanced personal identity and training verification for First Respond...

Climber Dies in Fiery Fall in Seattle

A man was apparently electrocuted when he climbed a 200-foot tower, touched a high-voltage power line and fell to a platform where his body was recovered by ...

Find Me 911 Advocates Emergency Call Reliability in Wireless Age

Find me 911 is an organization in formation that supports a robust indoor location capability, which includes first responders, PSAP operators, public safety...

FDIC 2013: RAE Systems to Showcase Real-Time Wireless Fireground Gas, Radiation Detection on iPads and Smartphones

RAE Systems will demonstrate its new wireless area and personal gas and radiation detection monitor data in a ProRAE Guardian browser-based “connected threat...

NIST Tests in NYC Suggest How to Improve Emergency Radio Communications

New tests of wireless emergency safety equipment by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have defined the challenges more precisely and ...

Caesar's Palace Welcomes AFSA's 2013 Convention & Exhibition

Whether your fire sprinkler company is large or small, specializes in residential, commercial, or only maintenance and service work, the challenges of today'...

Morphix Technologies Releases New Chameleon Nitrogen Dioxide Cassette

Morphix Technologies®, in the field of science of colorimetric detection devices for dangerous chemical gases, has developed a nitrogen dioxide sensor casset...

Cyberterrorism Preparedness for Fire and Emergency Services

Kevin Coleman discusses what a combined physical terrorist attack (like a bombing) combined with a cyberattack might mean for firefighters and first responde...

New Fleet Packages of Electric Bicycles Now Available

 Market Builders, Inc. announces that it will distribute fleet packages of the new Polaris eBikes to police, fire and public safety departments.

908 Devices and IQT Enter Strategic Partnership to Develop New Mass Spectrometry Analyzers

908 Devices, an innovator in field-portable chemical analysis, today announced it has entered into a strategic partnership with In-Q-Tel (IQT), the independe...

NIST Seeks Senior Executive Service (SES) Position

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Gaithersburg, Maryland, is seeking a highly qualified individual for the position of Director, Sma...

Registration for 2013 Hazus Conference Now Open

Registration for the 2013 Hazus Conference is now open. Please visit http://hazusconference2013.eventbrite.com/ to register and learn more about the Hazus Co...

AZ Fire Crews Test Out Firefighter Locating and Tracking Technology

Phoenix (AZ) firefighters are testing out a new technology that allows the tracking and monitoring of fire personnel inside of structures.

StreetWise CADlink Adds Investor and Partner

Hangar 14 Solutions accounces that that Jeff Cahill has been added to its StreetWise CADlink management team as both an investor and partner.

Digitech Undertakes Massive IT Upgrade

Digitech Computer, Inc. announced today the completion of a large-scale project to upgrade and improve the company's Information Technology architecture and ...

Suspicious Powder Incidents Require the Right Tools

First responders know that white powder scenarios -- or suspected biological threats -- require quick and decisive action.

OUC Celebrates National 9-1-1 Education Month

The Office of Unified Communications (OUC) recognizes April as National 9-1-1 Education Month and joins with national public safety leaders across the countr...

Find Success with Online Training and Education

Budget cuts and staff reductions are forcing departments to find better, more manageable ways of delivering training.

TECGEN® Brands Bring New Category Expertise to INVISTA

INVISTA has acquired Ashburn Hill Corp., associated intellectual property—including the TECGEN® brands—and a manufacturing operation in Texas.

HAIX Partnering with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports for 2013 Race Season

HAIX®, a manufacturer of innovative and high quality fire fighting, rescue, law enforcement, hunting, and forestry footwear is proud to announce it’s affilia...

Maryland County to Offer 911 Texting for Speaking, Hearing Impaired

Frederick County (MD) is one of the first jurisdictions in the country to offer the option to text 911.

What's Wrong with This Picture? The Fire Service and Internet Commentary

The Internet has allowed the fire service to share photos and videos and learn from other departments, but it also allows some to scrutinize fireground opera...

Pelican Appoints Dave Becker As Vice President Sales Consumer Electronics Division

Pelican Products has appointed Dave Becker as Vice President Sales Consumer Electronics division.

High School Building Code Program Meets Presidential Challenge

An established training program supported by the International Code Council addresses a presidential challenge to meet the demands of a high-tech economy.

CMS and ONC Release Advancing Interoperability and Health Information Exchange

On behalf of our Federal EMS partners, we would like to make you aware of this information:

Show Your Pride with Personalized Plates from TheFireStore.com

TheFireStore.com, the leading online source for firefighting professionals, allows you to build custom license plates from one to one hundred or more.

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.