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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

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.

Introducing IntelliSkin by RAM

Introducing IntelliSkin™ with GDS™ technology by RAM® for the Samsung Galaxy. IntelliSkin™ by RAM brings a global industry first to the public safety market ...

Arizona Firefighters Rescue Women from Flooded House

Galls, LLC, Announces Acquisition of Best Uniforms, Inc.

Galls, LLC, North America's distributor of uniforms and equipment to the public safety market, announced today that it has acquired Best Uniforms, Inc., a re...

Spartan Chassis Presents Connectivity Solution Providing Firefighters Enhanced Productivity

Spartan Chassis ("Spartan"), a business unit of Spartan Motors, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPAR), will showcase its connectivity and Wi-Fi hotspot solution in D...

9/11 Commission Report Authors Warn of Cyberattack Threats

The Reflections on the Tenth Anniversary of the 9/11 Commission Report, prepared by the authors of the 9/11 Commission, warns that the threat of terrorism is...

Bus Fires: Best Practices for Reducing the Risk

Bus fire safety encompasses many aspects of design, operation, maintenance, evacuation, and first responders. Fredrik Rosen of SP Fire Research on current re...

Warner Bodies Moves into New Manufacturing Facility

Warner Bodies, a leading manufacturer of service bodies, crane trucks, haulers, fire/rescue trucks, brush trucks and custom vehicles is celebrating its move ...

Motorola Solutions Public Safety Survey Shows Increasing Interest in Data and Multiple Formats

The way that public safety agencies communicate is changing dramatically. A significant majority – 70 percent – say getting data messages through is equal in...

The U.S. National Grid: Read Right, Then Up

U.S. National Grid advocate and Florida lieutenant Al Studt examines this, the national standard coordinate system of the United States.

Polartec, True North Collaborate to Benefit Wildland Fire Foundation

True North Gear has collaborated with Polartec to produce and sell 2,000 limited edition, flame resistant t-shirts to raise money for the Wildland Firefighte...

Siemens Announces New Fire Alarm Systems with Intelligent Voice Communication

Siemens Intelligent Voice Communication systems, available on both the Desigo® Fire Safety and Cerberus® PRO portfolios, deliver to small and mid-sized build...

Revolutionary Fire Blanket Offers Over 200 Percent More Fire Protection to Firefighters and Homes

With California in a record draught and fire season upon us, it is welcome news that a fire blanket that is over 200 percent more effective than current prot...

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Preincident Planning for Agricultural Occupancies

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Cummins Ethos 2.8L Engine Demonstrates 50 to 80 Percent Reduction in Carbon Dioxide Emissions

Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) announced the development of an engine and powertrain that reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by as much as 80 percent compared w...

PIXIA Corp and Esri Provide New Suite of Data Access Solutions

PIXIA Corp., in the industry of fast access to large data, announced a new relationship with Esri to integrate PIXIA’s geospatial intelligence solutions into...

Firefighter Technology Roundup: USAR Locator and More

Mary Jane Dittmar reviews some new technology that may be of interest to firefighters, including a locator for urban search and rescue operations, wall-scali...