Using geographic information systems (GIS) and analytics in the fire service

Some of the most important tools for fighting fires include advanced protective gear and state-of-the-art suppression equipment. But in an age of growing communities, density issues and complex urban and rural landscapes, one of the most valuable tools in firefighting…

The new addressing system helping emergency services

Emergencies can happen anywhere, from a wildfire in a park to an incident outside one of the gates at a crowded stadium. Saying precisely where first responders are needed is crucial but can sometimes be near impossible for callers to…

A new approach to extinguishing fires on combustible-liquid storage tanks

One of the trickiest challenges a fire fighter will ever face is a full-surface blaze at a storage tank containing flammable fluid. Any grade-school student can deduce that water is useless in suppressing such fires because its higher density causes…

Advanced control systems for remote controlled monitors and robotic nozzles

At Unifire AB of Sweden (Unifire.com), technology is rapidly progressing in terms of controlling its robotic nozzle (remote controlled monitor) systems for fire fighting and numerous other applications. The Swedish robotic nozzle manufacturer now offers systems that can be controlled…

Should we rethink the protection of petrochemical tanks in light of the ITC Deer Park Fire?

After the ITC Deer Park Incident, the industry urgently needs to discover what went wrong and how is it possible that a relatively small fire escalated to an inferno that lasted almost four days resulting in the destruction of 11…

Cloud technology bringing fire service into the twenty-first century

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), there were more than 1.1 million career and volunteer firefighters in the United States as of 2016. In a high-stakes situation, every single one of them should be able to rely on…

LTE to 5G: Future-proofed critical communications for public safety

Public Safety organisations have always relied on high-quality critical communication voice services, built on specialised technologies with dedicated network implementations and spectrum. With the wide availability of high speed broadband, the potential for harnessing a new range of critical data…

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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