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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

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. 

Simulation Helps to Prepare for Consequences of Natural Disasters

A simulation tool has been developed under the European CRISMA project coordinated by VTT. The tool helps users to prepare for unexpected catastrophes a...

908 Devices Gets $11.5M to Create New Device with the Defense Threat Reduction Agency

This contract fuels development of advanced GC-HPMS devices, providing broader chemical detection capability for military personnel.

Training Officer's Toolbox: Influence

As an officer, of any rank, there are several ways you influence your team members. Discuss this week's topic with your team and see where your team members ...

San Diego Gas & Electric monitors wildfire conditions with DeTect's RAPTOR™ XBS-BL Radar Wind Profiler

DeTect, Inc. (www.detect-inc.com) announced that its RAPTOR XBS-BL Radar Wind Profiler is now part of San Diego Gas & Electric's (SDG&E) "e...

Updated Biodetection Technologies for First Responders Product Guide Now Available

A 2015 update to a detailed product guide listing biodetection technologies and sampling products is now available. 

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Columbia Southern Education Group, Army Installation Management Command Present First Living Legacy Scholarship

The Living Legacy Scholarship is awarded to a family member of a fallen service member that demonstrates how receiving the scholarship would honor their love...

Fire Service Leadership in a World of Technology and Social Media

The vast majority of the fire service is active in technology, but most members have not considered how to use this technology to increase communication and ...

Virginia Fire Department Uses Drone in Rescue Operations

The Bedford (VA) Fire Department has been using its new camera drone in rescue operations, according to a new report.

SuperVacFans Provide FDIC Recap

They attended UL's presentation on the preliminary results of the latest PPV studies.

Student Designs First Responder Motorcycle

Social Media in the Wake of Disaster

Although emergency management protocol is not a new topic, Twitter, as a real time news source for emergency situations, is. Twitter, Facebook, and the like,...

Unifire Launches RoboticNozzles.com Web Site

  Swedish robotic nozzle manufacturer, Unifire AB, has announced today the launching of RoboticNozzles.com, its all new web site devoted to its n...

DH S&T Releases Safety Resources for Ambulances

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) today announced the release of two ambulance safety resources for emer...

Pre-Clinical Trial Shows High Marks for BloodSTOP iX Battle Matrix

LifeScience Plus, a Silicon Valley-based biotechnology company revolutionizing wound-care, today announced that its military-grade new hemostatic wound-care ...

Videos: UL-NIST Fire Dynamics Research at FDIC International

Last week at FDIC International, Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) conducted fire dynamics testing...

Detroit Suburbs Add All-Digital Technology to First Responder Tools

The Detroit suburbs of Plymouth and Northville, Michigan.are adopting the all-digital CommandScopeTM pre-plan technology to strengthen emergency response.

Allied Specialty Vehicles Announces Exclusive Partnership with Westport for Natural Gas Alternative Fuel System

Allied Specialty Vehicles (ASV), a manufacturer of motor vehicles for commercial, fire & emergency and recreation markets, today announced an exclusive p...

Allied Specialty Vehicles Announces Exclusive Industry Partnership with CleanFUEL USA

Allied Specialty Vehicles (ASV), a manufacturer of motor vehicles for commercial, fire & emergency and recreation markets, today announced an exclusive p...

Pierce Displays New Technologies, 11 Custom Fire and Emergency Response Apparatus at FDIC International

Pierce Manufacturing, an Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK) company, and the leading North American manufacturer of fire and emergency vehicles, is showcasing 11...

Oshkosh to Unveil New Fire Apparatus, Showcase Products at Interschutz

Oshkosh Airport Products Group, LLC, an Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE: OSK) company, is showcasing a wide range of new products and advanced technologies at Inte...

Ultra-Rugged Android Device Adds Printer for Public Safety Operations

Two Technologies, Inc® has unveiled the newest member of its ultra-rugged handheld devices, the N5Print, ideal for those involved in public safety.