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

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.

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...