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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

GreenStar Concepts LLC Partners with Top E-Learning Company

First response teams and city and county workers across the country now have access to a complete and reliable source on electric vehicle charging safety.&nb...

Connecticut Fire Department Employs Drone at Quarry Fire

The Branford (CT) Fire Department made use of a drone for the first time in the department's history during a fire at the J& J Blasting Company in Stony ...
 Harper College Fire Science Technology Program Unveils Innovative Training Tool

Harper College Fire Science Technology Program Unveils Innovative Training Tool

Firefighting strategy and tactics at structure fires require firefighters to make split-second decisions in mitigating a safe and effective fire attack.

CSB Investigation Finds 2010 Tesoro Explosion Resulted from 'High Temperature Hydrogen Attack'

The April 2010 fatal explosion and fire at the Tesoro refinery in Anacortes, Washington was caused by damage to the heat exchanger, a mechanism known as &quo...

Phoenixville (PA) Firefighter Released from Hospital

A Phoenixville Fire Department firefighter who collapsed while working last Thursday morning was released from the hospital.

City of St. Louis Implements First Responder Technology

The City of St. Louis is implementing new technologies to strengthen city-wide emergency response including the all-digital CommandScopeTM pre-plan technology.

Waterous Company Introduces New Global Marketing Manager

Waterous Company, in the fire suppression technology and manufacturing industry, announced the addition of Teri Mascotti as the organization's new global mar...

The Batman Suit

There is an amazing scene in the movie "Batman Begins" where the man who designs all the Batman gadgets, played by Morgan Freeman, is giving a tour...

Forum Members to Offer Products Supporting Both NXDN Trunking Protocols

Icom Incorporated and JVCKENWOOD Corporation have jointly announced plans to offer products that support both Trunking protocols in the NXDNTM technical stan...

The Job: Radio Straps

How do you carry your radio on the fireground? P.J. Norwood shares some thoughts about how firefighters carry this essential firefighting equipment at emerge...

Sierra Wireless to Acquire In Motion Technology

Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ:SWIR) (TSX:SW) and In Motion Technology Inc. announced that Sierra Wireless has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Vancou...


Nextteq's portable HAZMAT KITS come in standard (pictured) or deluxe versions and provide rapid identification of unknown chemicals and can detect contaminan...

Bellevue (WA) Adds Opticom Central Management Software for Emergency Response

Bellevue (WA) is transitioning to an Opticom® Multimode Traffic Signal Priority control system, which includes Opticom® Central Management Software (CMS) ena...

North Carolina Firefighter Develops Google Glass App

A computer-savvy firefighter in North Carolina is hoping a bit of futuristic wearable technology and clever programming can help save time and lives

Construction Concerns: Tall Buildings

Gregory Havel takes a quick look at the future of firefighting in increasingly tall high-rise buildings.

Swedish Positioning System Can Track Firefighters Underground

New technology developed in Sweden allows firefighters to be tracked even when they're 25 meters underground.

NASFM Foundation Issues Report on Addressing Lack of Fire Causes in NFIRS

Updating fire incident data reports when fire departments obtain new information, such as fire investigation results, could have the largest impact of any ac...

VectorLearning Acquires Web-based Training Services Provider TargetSolutions

VectorLearning, a leader in online education and training for a broad range of industries through its RedVector, CiNet, and CiNet-RedVector brands, recently ...

D.C. Fire Department Unveils New Social Media Policy

D.C. Fire and EMS recently unveiled a new social media policy that that bans fire department employees from taking photos or video of fire or accident scenes...

Three Additional Ohio Fire Departments Implement SafetyPAD EMS

OPEN Incorporated, makers of the SafetyPAD® suite of software products for Fire and Emergency Medical Services, announced its partnership with three addition...

Intertek Announces Engineering and Internship Scholarship Program

Intertek, a provider of quality and safety solutions for a wide range of industries around the world, is unveiling a new internship and scholarship program t...

Science on the Fireground for a Better Firefight

Many years ago, a young firefighter was chastised by his officer-me-for attacking an interior fire from an exterior position, based on the belief that the ho...

Firefighting Technology: 9/11 Kidney Study, DHS Compliance Assessment

Mary Jane Dittmar reviews some recent developments, including research showing that exposure to high levels of particulate matter causes significant damage t...

Elkhart Brass Extends $1,000 Credit Promotion

Elkhart Brass has extended its $1,000 credit offer with the purchase of the new Cobra EXM monitor.

Simtronics' GD10 Gas Detectors Now HART 7 Compliant

Simtronics, an IST Company, is pleased to announce the GD10 infrared combustible and carbon dioxide gas detectors have successfully satisfied all requirement...

Arson Epidemic in Detroit

The understaffed Detroit (MI) Fire Department is having a difficult time keeping up with investigating the thousands of arsons reported in the city each year.

AlertID Public Safety Service and Neighborhood Social Network Exceeds 1 Million Members

AlertID, the fastest growing secure neighborhood social networking platform, has exceeded 1 million registered members, and today released version 4.0 of its...

D.C. Fire Department Considers Encrypting Radio Communications

The D.C. fire department is considering using encryption for its scanner communicatons to prevent the public from listening in on emergency calls.

NIST Releases Report on Joplin (MO) Tornado

The National Institute of Standards and Technology developed 16 recommendations for improving how buildings and shelters are designed, constructed and m...


Innotex® Gloves, MODEL INNO795™, is based on the TRU-3D™ design and features fourchettes on all sides of every finger and thumb from cuff to cuff.

Philadelphia Fire Department Testing Out New Mobile Firefighting App

Philadelphia (PA) firefighters are beta-testing a new mobile app designed to give them more information about the fireground.