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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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Fire Technology Articles

Drones: Change is in the Air

Drone use will become widely accepted and practiced in the days and years ahead, writes P.J. Norwood.

Motorola Solutions New Cloud Core Managed Service Helps Public Safety Agencies Accelerate Adoption of ASTRO 25 Technology

In today's continually changing environment where criminals are adopting more sophisticated technology and public safety faces increasing needs for interoper...

Motorola Solutions Gives First Responders Information at Fingertips

According to the Motorola Solutions Inc. (NYSE:MSI) 2014 Public Safety Survey, 70-percent of first responders say successful data transmission...

Challenges for Today's National Fire Academy-full

Robert A. Neale-The National Fire Academy has trained the nation's responders in executive leadership and advanced technical tactics for the past 33 years. I...

Challenges for Today's National Fire Academy-full

Robert A. Neale-The National Fire Academy has trained the nation's responders in executive leadership and advanced technical tactics for the past 33 years. I...

P.2 ~ Challenges for Today's National Fire Academy-full

Robert A. Neale-The National Fire Academy has trained the nation's responders in executive leadership and advanced technical tactics for the past 33 years. I...

Social Media: The Rules Are Already on the Books

Justin Schorr-When departments simply black out social media participation, some members rely on Internet anonymity and post incriminating photos and words a...

The SPECTRUM Model of Organizational Change, Part 3

Part 3 of Mark Wallace's series on the SPECTRUM acronym for organizational change looks at the Resources, Ultimate Vision, and Marketing aspects of the model.

Cummins Announces Free Quickserve Online Mobile App for Apple Ios Devices

Cummins Inc. announced that it has released a free QuickServe Online (QSOL) mobile app for Apple iOS devices. The QSOL mobile app provides easy, on- the-go a...

SafetyPAD Launches Infectious Disease Logic and Monitoring Initiative

OPEN Incorporated, makers of the SafetyPAD(r) Suite of software products, announced the launch of its infectious disease screening and monitoring initiative ...

Former First Responder Appointed as DHS Deputy Under Secretary for Science & Technology

What Would You Do? Fire in a New Residential Building

Skip Coleman has a new firefighting simulation on responding to a fire in a new residential building.

HALO Combines Sleek Design With Hazards Alerts That Will Caution Families

In conjunction with Fire Prevention Week, Charlotte startup White Stagg announced it will launch its modern adaptation of the smoke alarm with a Kickstarter ...

CTS Partners with Real-Time Technology Group to Provide Advanced Identity Management

Real-Time Technology Group (RTTG), a provider of secure and hosted Identity Management solutions for secure operations and incident response, is pleased to a...

PF Distribution Center Offers Budget-Minded PowerFlare Packages

Budget PowerFlare Packaging Solutions are designed for maximum value, accommodating your safety needs.

PacifiCorp GIS Solutions Announces Fire Map App

Construction Concerns: Electrical Needs

In his new "Construction Concerns," Gregory Havel goes indepth on the risks of electrical fires and their causes.

Blended/Hybrid Learning in the Fire Department

As training is fully involving, firefighters want the convenience of training online from the comfort of their station, writes Freddie Diaz-Batista.

MagneGas Launches MagneTote Product Line for First Responders

MagneTote™ is a portable and compact system to cut with the power of MagneGas®

New Grant Allows WPI to Advance Work Aimed at Safeguarding Firefighters

In a ceremony today at the Engine 33/Ladder 15 Firehouse in Boston's Back Bay, the Last Call Foundation announced that Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) ...

FDNY Confirms in Final Testing to Use MagneGas as Replacement to Acetylene

MagneGas Corporation ("MagneGas" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: MNGA), a leading technology company that counts among its inventions a patent...

Accurate Cell Phone Locations for 9-1-1 Calls in California Could Save More Than 1200 Lives Per Year

Based on information from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), a national public safety coalition estimates that 1,227 lives could be saved each year...
Four Smeal Fire Apparatus with SG-09® GREEN POWER Technology

Smeal Delivers Green Power Fire Apparatus to Markham, Ontario

Smeal’s Exclusive SG-09 GREEN POWER Technology is an idle-reduction system that reduces fuel consumption, emissions and maintenance costs.

Drone Video Captures Huge Bridgeport (CT) Fire

Keith Muratori of Firegroundimages used a drone to capture video footage at a multiple-alarm fire last week at an industrial site on Seaview Avenue in B...

Fire Protection Research Foundation Report Reviews Effectiveness of Cooking Fire Prevention Technologies

In an effort to help improve cooking safety, the Fire Protection Research Foundation (Foundation), an affiliate of the National Fire Protection Association (...

Continental Introduces New G-Flex Washer for Fire Departments

Following 60 years of hard-mount washer development and innovation, Continental Girbau Inc. (Continental) recently released its most advanced hard-mount wash...

Oncall™ Live Video System and Wearable HD Cameras From Fire Cam Offer Protection and Accountability for Police Officers and Firefighters

Corbett-Steeves Pattern Works Marks 100 Years

Corbett-Steeves Pattern Works is a foundry and pattern-making company located in downtown Rochester. They are celebrating their 100th anniversary this Septem...

Priority Dispatch Corporation Now a Member of the Industry Council

The Industry Council for Emergency Response Technologies (iCERT) today announced the addition of Priority Dispatch Corporation (PDC) to the Association's gro...

Don't Throw Out the Baby with the Bathwater

The fire service has always had a very interesting perspective on change.

Earthquake Monitoring System Alerts People to Anticipated 'Shaking'

The ShakeAlert, currently in the testing phase, according to the Washington Post, issued a 10-second alert for the earthquake that hit the Napa region in Cal...

GexCon Heralds Next Generation of Fire Risk Modelling with Release of FLACS-Fire

GexCon, in the sophisticated and user-friendly dispersion, explosion and fire modelling software industry, announces the release of a landmark software packa...

Tyco SimplexGrinnell Receives Innovator of the Year Award from Axeda

Tyco SimplexGrinnell, a Tyco business and longtime in the industry of fire and life safety, has received the Internet of Things (IoT) Innovator of the Year A...

Survey Highlights Cell Phone Safety Gap

A new survey <http://findme911.org/news/consumer-survey-on-wireless-9-1-1-location-accuracy/> of more than 1,000 consumers found a dramatic gap between...

Science and Technology Seeks Your Help

S&T is dreaming big and they need your help.

The New FLIR PathFindIR II Night Vision Camera

The PathfinderIR II allows first responders to see potential hazards up to four times further away than with a vehicle’s headlights alone.