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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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US Fire Administration Releases Report on Portable Heater Fires

The Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) announces the release of a special report examining the characteristics of p...

Firefighting Tech Roundup: Human Backpack, Infection-Reducing Rooms, and More

Mary Jane Dittmar looks at a product that enables soldiers to more easily move a down comrade and rooms designed to reduce the chance of infection, among oth...

Philadelphia (PA) Fire Department Unveils Fire Safety App

The Philadelphia Fire Department is poised to launch a free fire safety app Thursday.

Fire Protection Research Foundation Gets Grant to Investigate Safety Technologies for Home-Cooking Appliances

Through the remainder of 2012 and throughout 2013, the Fire Protection Research Foundation Foundation will support a research project to examine three main a...

World's First Rapid Sim-Builder App SimsUshare Now on iPhone, iPod Touch

CommandSim announced today another first for the fire training industry--its rapid fire training sim-builder app, SimsUshare Mobile, was recently approved fo...

Chief Lessons: When the Cyberbully Attacks

Dennis Rubin shares some advice for fire chiefs dealing with a potentially disastrous situation: a cyberbully posting excessive negative comments on the Inte...

Pearland EMS Looks to Improve Efficiency and Increase Collections

Digitech Computer Inc. announced that they have been awarded the contract for the processing of medical transportation billing for the City of Pearland Emerg...

Tennessee to Launch Text to 911 Trial

AT&T announces the state of Tennessee has approved the use of the state's new Emergency Service IP Network (ESInet) to support a Text to 9-1-1 trial stat...

Industry Council Launches NPM 2.0 Online Toolkit

The Industry Council for Emergency Response Technologies (iCERT) today announced the launch of its National Preparedness Month (NPM) online toolkit for emerg...

New Technology Trends Catch Fire in the Detection Market

The fire detection industry finally awakens with the onset of laser-based aspirating smoke detectors and multi-sensors.

NFPA Removes DRM on PDFs

In an effort to make digital versions of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) codes and standards easier to use across multiple platforms while ma...

Swedish Halon Security Opens New Office in San Francisco

As the interest and sales of Halon Securty products for securing computer networks and corporate email grows by leaps and bounds, Halon Security now opens th...

DMR Association Announces Completion of Three Interoperability Testing Sessions

The Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) Association today announces the completion of three further successful DMR interoperability test sessions. 

Panasonic Upgrades Fully Rugged ToughbookR 19 Convertible Tablet PC

Panasonic, an industry leader in rugged, reliable mobile computers since 1996, today announced upgrades to the Panasonic Toughbook 19, its best-selling rugge...

Fire Lite Alarms Training Expands to World Wide Web

Fire-Lite Alarms by Honeywell (NYSE:HON) has launched an online series of free, nationally-accredited fire alarm trainings, covering basic fire alarm te...

EMS Phone App Speaks 15 Different Languages

Brian Cronin a .NET application entrepreneur today announced the approval by Microsoft of his newest Windows Phone 7 App called 'EMS Translator' which has be...

PRODUCTS/SERVICES/MEDIA

Sensible Products' MULTI-MOUNT CHANL PANL makes organizing and securing tools and equipment easy and practical.

Features from SafetyPAD to Expedite Administrative Process

OPEN Incorporated, makers of the SafetyPAD® suite of technology products for Fire and Emergency Medical Services, has enhanced its Enterprise Version 4.0 pla...

MIR3 Urges Businesses to Evaluate Disaster Preparedness

With the 2012 hurricane season intensifying, MIR3, Inc., the innovator of real-time Intelligent Notification and response technology, reminds employers to re...

Battalion 3 Technologies Brings ICx to Fire Service

After several months of continued testing and development, Battalion 3 Technologies, LLC is announcing the release of their much anticipated incident command...

Harris Corporation Fully Integrates P25 Phase 2 Technology with VIDA Network

Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS), an international communications and information technology company, has integrated P25 (Project 25) Phase 2 solutions with the...

DOT Launches Largest-Ever Road Test of Connected Vehicle Crash Avoidance Technology

Nearly 3,000 cars, trucks and buses equipped with "connected" Wi-Fi technology to enable vehicles and infrastructure to "talk" to each ot...

GLANSER Firefighter Locator Performance at WPI Workshop "Most Promising"

The Geospatial Location Accountability and Navigation System for Emergency Responders (GLANSER) is the “closest it has ever been” to being marketed, observed...

Cassidian Communications to Demonstrate at 2012 APCO International Conference and Expo

Cassidian Communications, an EADS North America company, announced today that it will showcase its suite of integrated, multimedia-ready, next generation sol...

Smith Micro Keeps Metro Police Officers Connected

Smith Micro Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: SMSI), a provider of wireless and mobility solutions, announced its enterprise connection management solution, QuickLink®...

Firefighter-Designed iPhone App Helps Users Manage Resources

A Louisiana firefighter has developed an iPhone app to help departments manage personnel and resources.

Technology Partnership Improves and Streamlines Incident Management

MIR3, Inc., the innovator of real-time Intelligent Notification (IN(R)) and response technology today announced the integration of the company's automated ma...

MICROPACK Launches New Flame Detector

The new flame detector provides all the benefits of MICROPACK's 'True Flame' Detection technology, with an unrivalled field of view and an even greater flame...

La Crosse Firefighter Rescues Kids From Creek

A La Crosse firefighter rappelled down to Pammel Creek to rescue two children who had become trapped in the concrete-walled waterway.

USFA Releases New Report on Clothes Dryer Fires

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

Roundtable: Firefighter Cell-Phone Use

Does your department have a policy concerning cell-phone use for on-duty firefighters? Share your experiences and observations with other Fire Engineering re...

MapSAR Website Provides Online Resources

Esri announced the launch of a new web portal that supplies search and rescue (SAR) personnel with GIS tools, educational materials, and a virtual community ...

Anite Assesses New Public Safety Network and Devices

Anite, in the mobile device and network testing technology, announced that its test solutions are being used to assess the U.S. LTE public safety network and...

DRASH Develops a Mass Casualty Decon System

During a mass casualty event, emergency response personnel depend on reliable equipment to help them control hazardous conditions.

Baseball Stadium Receives Major League Fire Protection

Fire-Lite Alarms by Honeywell (NYSE: HON) has hit a homerun for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, the Toronto Blue Jays' Double-A affiliate team, through the re...

ASTM International Launches Two New Journals

ASTM International, known worldwide for its 13,000+ technical standards and its thousands of related publications, is launching two new journals: Advances in...