The Pathfinder – Search and Rescue way-finder system

The International Forum to Advance First Responder Innovation was established in 2014. The Forum is an organization of government leaders from across the globe, focused on enhancing and expanding the development of affordable, innovative technology for first responders worldwide. The…

Live streaming video – A new depth of situational awareness

In Europe, 2 million to 2.5 million fires are reported per year, resulting in up to 25,000 deaths. These can incorporate anything from a blaze in an urban high-rise building to a remote wildfire, each of which requires access to…

HAAS Alert is helping eliminate the #1 danger for first responders

A new tech company is working to help first responders avoid collisions through direct communication between responders and the vehicles with which they share the road. This year, HAAS Alert has introduced R2V™ (Responder-to-Vehicle) technology for fire fighters, and other…

Bigger is not always better in the age of modern lighting technology

For the last 25 years, lighting manufacturers have been in a fierce competition to out-shine each other. The focus of modern manufacturers has been one-upping the next with more lumens from their latest fixture. Specifically, with regard to LED technologies,…

Magnolia Fire Department becomes tech-savvy with 3D printer

Prompted by a communication breakdown during a massive wildfire, the department invested in a Gigabot 3D Printer to help them cope with increasing demands on the fire service. The Riley Road Fire of 2011 burned nearly 19,000 acres in the…

Technology and Innovation

Intelligent wearable technology is becoming an increasingly positive asset to the firefighting industry and is contributing to advancements in firefighter safety. By investing in innovative product design and development, companies can ensure that new and improved products make it to…

New aerial sensors offer firefighters and rescue crews improved capabilities

They were first deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan back in 2006 and 2009. The objective was to help the U.S. military beat back the threat of improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, which have been responsible for at least half of…

How can communications technology improve emergency responses?

In the event of an emergency, effective communication is vital to ensure an organisation’s timely response. Nick Hawkins, Managing Director of Everbridge EMEA, discusses how cloud-based communications technology can help organisations keep their employees safe and blue-light services improve their…

Streaming video and firefighting

Firefighting teams have to make immediate decisions informed by years of training and experience. The question is, will live video streaming from the incident enhance effectiveness or impede rapid decisions on the ground? Our experience working with a wide variety…

High speed in-vehicle networks for fire apparatus

Technology in public safety is advancing at an exponential pace. First responders require broadband connectivity at the scene of an incident to support an array of in-vehicle devices, such as laptops and tablets and mission critical applications, such computer-aided dispatch…

Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS) or drone training

As technology improves and changes, so does the way we conduct fire-rescue operations. One of the biggest changes to the fire service in recent years has been the introduction of small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS) or drones into daily operations.…

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