An entirely new frontier (and will follow-up with another article) for public safety is that of the online social networking. Websites like Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Linked-In, Plaxo, Skype and FirefigherNation which are designed to link people of similar personal or business communities.
According to Internet World Stats, in 2009 an estimated 1.4 billion people access the internet for information in one form or another. Contrasting that to 1999 when Firehouse.com launched, there were an estimated 248 million worldwide users.
In summary, there is very little that you cannot find on the internet and if you cannot find it today, stay tuned as someone is probably working on that very idea. Reflecting on the past and looking forward to the future, I am confident that Firehouse.com will continue to evolve and remain the leading emergency service website in the world.
- Federal Emergency Management Agency
- U.S. Fire Administration
- National Fire Academy
- International Association of Fire Chiefs
- International Association of Fire Fighters
- National Volunteer Fire Service
- National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
- Everyone Goes Home
- National Fire Academy Alumni Association
- National Public Safety Telecommunications Council
- "Emergency" television episodes
- Geographic Information Systems
- Emergency Email Wireless Network
- Webwiser Chemical Search
- National Hurricane Center
- Voice over IP and Radio over IP
- Sytech Corporation
CHARLES WERNER, a Firehouse.com Contributing Editor, is a 34-year-veteran of the career and volunteer fire service and serves as chief of the Charlottesville, VA, Fire Department. Charles serves on Virginia's Statewide Interoperability Executive Committee, the International Association of Fire Chief's Communications Committee (IAFC), the Digital Problem Working Group Chair and the IAFC Technology Advisory Council Chair. He also serves as the SAFECOM Executive Committee Chair and the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council Governing Board. He has received a number of awards, including Fire Chief Magazine's National Career Fire Chief of the Year, the Richard DeMello Award by the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council and is the only three time recipient of the Virginia Governor's Award for Fire Service Excellence. To read Charles' complete biography and view his archived articles, click here. You can reach Charles by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.