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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

JerseyNet Broadband Network Provides Unobstructed Data Connectivity to First Responders during Atlantic City Concerts

New Jersey’s first-ever real-world implementation of FirstNet  was an unqualified success, setting a precedent for effectively using the National P...


VIDEO: OKC Fire Department Considers Drones for Its Emergency Response

University Miami Doctor to Lead Study Examining Firefighters and Cancer

Studies show that the cancer risk among firefighters is growing.

Past New York Fire Chief Found After Going Missing

John Spaulding writes about a former fire chief who went missing and was found alive a week later.

Video still courtesy San Bernardino Fire, from a house fire in Victorville, California.

Firefighter Helmet Cams Raise Privacy Concerns

As the use of helmet cams by firefighters becomes more routine, some are growing worried about potential privacy concerns.

Esri Named Platinum Sponsor of NFPA's Backyards & Beyond Wildland Fire Education Conference

The use of a modern geographic information system (GIS) has proven increasingly valuable to communities working to create safer places to live from wild...

AFSA to Present NFPA 13 Update Webinar

The American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA) will present a 90-minute webinar "NFPA 13 Update: 2016 Edition" on September 17, 2015 at 11:00 ...

US Digital Designs Phoenix G2 Fire Station Alerting System Helps Metro Saint Paul Fire Stations Go High-Tech

With their recent acquisition of the high-tech, the metro Saint Paul fire departments in Ramsey County, Minnesota, have gained the advantage of significantly...

Training Officer's Toolbox: Computer-Based Training

In this week's fire officer training bulletin from Brian Ward, discuss with your crews the pros and cons of using technology

What Would You Do? Modern Bank Fire

This fire occurs in a modern bank in a strip mall-like structure. Both the first and second floors are occupied with banks and offices. What would you do? Ch...

Get Ready for National Preparedness Month in September

September is National Preparedness Month.  This year we are asking you to take action now – make a plan with your community, your family,...

Illinois Firefighters Use Drone at House Fire

Firefighters used a drone to help them with operations during a house fire Wednesday in the Chicago suburb of Orland Park, Illinois.

NIST, IAFF Sponsor Event Focusing on Firefighting Tactics and Technology

The International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) and the National Institute of Standards and Technolgoy (NIST) are sponsoring an event at NIST.

Investigating Smoke Alarm Effectiveness in Fatal Fires

Misunderstanding smoke alarm statistics, the smoke alarm approval process, and published fire test results leads to biases in fire investigations. JOSEPH M. ...


Apex Case Study: Managing Risk With New Levels of Accountability and Control

Gateway Ambulance of St. Louis is a 175-person private EMS agency that makes about 2,600 calls each month. It was managing supplies and equipment in a tradit...

Texas Firefighters Employ Exit Device at Recent Fire

Lauralee Veitch of the Community Volunteer Fire Department in Houston, Texas, shared some photos of members operating at two recent fires.

Boston Firefighters to Be Armed with Building Data

The Boston (MA) Fire Department is working with the city's data analytics team to get critical building information into the hands of firefighters during eme...

AtHoc Introduces AtHoc Connect™ for Interoperable Crisis Communication

AtHoc, Inc., today announced the launch and immediate availability of AtHoc Connect, designed to facilitate communication and collaboration within and across...

Drones in the Fire Service

Drones, or unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), are an emerging topic of interest for the United States fire service. See a presentation from UAS consultant...

Responses to Energy Storage Systems

Green energy is emerging and, with it, a new power source; thus, there are risks involved.

Fire Destroys Historic Eugene (OR) Stadium

Firefighters responded Monday evening to a fire that destroyed the historic Civic Stadium in Eugene, Oregon.

The Internet of Things May Help Save Firefighters

When it comes to putting out fire, time is often the most important factor to consider. Time, and information. The more data about the burning structure – an...

STIHL Inc. President Fred Whyte to Retire

STIHL Inc. announced today that president Fred Whyte will retire at the end of this year.  Whyte has been part of the STIHL group for 44 years, and...

NFPA Presents Awards for Contributions in Fire and Life Safety at NFPA Conference & Expo

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) presented four awards to recognize outstanding achievements in fire and life safety at NFPA’s Confe...

MSDSonline Improves Hazardous Chemical Communication for Emergency First Responders

MSDSonline, a developer of cloud-based environmental, health and safety (EHS) solutions will officially debut its Plan1 first responder information sharing s...

CommandScope First Responder Tech Blankets Chicago's North Suburbs

Lincolnwood has become the latest northwest suburb of Chicago to adopt the CommandScope all-digital first responder technology, a roster that includes Park R...

Fire Protection Research Foundation and NIST Announce "Research Roadmap for Smart Fire Fighting" Summary Report

The Fire Protection Research Foundation (Foundation), the research affiliate of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and theNation...

Midwest Fire Hires New Manufacturing Engineer

Midwest Fire Equipment & Repair Company (Midwest Fire) announced today that the company has hired Tyler LeBrun as a new manufacturing engineer.

Mutualink's Technology Awarded Top Innovation Prize for School Safety

Mutualink was awarded CQIA's Platinum Innovation Prize, Connecticut's premiere statewide award for innovation.