Technology & Communications Magazine Articles

  • New Products 8/13

    Rechargeable Flood Light STREAMLIGHT INC. has introduced the E-Flood LiteBox HL, a rechargeable flood light that delivers maximum illumination at 3,600 lumens. The portable lantern uses six C4 LEDs and six wide-pattern reflectors to produce a broad...

    Article • August 1st, 2013

  • 5 Common Mistakes Of Thermal Imaging

    Thermal imagers are continually becoming more common in firefighting operations and the list of applications for which the devices are being used continues to grow. From search and rescue to fire attack to size-up and overhaul to motor vehicle accidents...

    Article • July 1st, 2013

  • Designing & Operating Your Dispatch Center

    Just as fire stations have evolved from simple sheds into the multi-bay structures of today, the new generation of emergency communications centers has little likeness to those past. Underground bunkers that were products of the Cold War era have...

    Article • July 1st, 2013

  • Communications Standards: The Who, What and Why

    The fire service is no stranger to standards, and many of the more commonly known entities such as the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the Insurance Services Organization (ISO) have standards that also apply directly to emergency...

    Article • June 1st, 2013

  • Thermal Imaging: Effective Hands-On Thermal Imaging Drills

    Firefighters are an inquisitive group and I often receive requests to provide training tips for using thermal imagers. The fact remains, even in 2013, that training materials for thermal imaging are hard to come by. Part of the reason is that while...

    Article • June 1st, 2013

  • For the Record 6/13

    FEMA and Premiere Networks Work Together to Increase Preparedness The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced a cooperative effort with Premiere Networks and private sector broadcasters that will provide an alternative method for...

    Article • June 1st, 2013

  • Adapting New Technology In Rural Firefighting Operations

    Virtually every small-community fire department can benefit from implementing a few of the many technological innovations available in the fire industry. The choices, for example, can range from using online firefighter training programs all the way to...

    Article • May 1st, 2013

  • Android to the Rescue

    The Fire Service Technology article in the March issue of Firehouse ® reported specifically about devices that use the Apple iOS operating system, such as iPhones and iPads. This article focuses on smartphones and tablets for the Android operating...

    Article • May 1st, 2013

  • Interpreting Images: What Are You Looking At?

    I’ve got some disappointing news to share. It will be tough to hear, but I don’t know any other way to convey it other than to just come right out and tell you: Your thermal imager isn’t very smart. In fact, it is rather dumb. A thermal imager...

    Article • May 1st, 2013

  • New Products 5/13

    Personal LED Flashlight STREAMLIGHT INC. has introduced The LOGO keychain light, a personal LED flashlight with four lighting modes and a convenient auto-off feature that conserves battery life. The light features a five-millimeter LED that is...

    Article • May 1st, 2013

  • Thermal Imaging: How Thermal Imaging Helps The Incident Commander

    T he job of an incident commander can be trying. Coordinating a scene full of firefighters, apparatus and other resources, often from multiple agencies, while performing a multitude of tasks in an environment where those decisions can make the...

    Article • April 1st, 2013

  • Product Showcase 4/13

    Training Props BullEx BullEx Training Structures and Centers utilize proven technology and years of experience to make each department’s training objectives a reality. The Training Structures and Centers product line includes portable...

    Article • April 1st, 2013

  • Fire Technology: iPads, iPhones, Apps And the Fire Service

    The convergence of technology, connectivity and applications (apps) has created an environment for the advancement of many features and functions that to date have been out of reach to the fire service due to cost, technology limitations and the lack of...

    Article • March 1st, 2013

  • Thermal Imaging: NFPA 1801-Compliant Thermal Imagers

    T echnology has permeated nearly every aspect of our lives, from shopping to listening to music to driving. Google now has a completely driverless vehicle that has logged more than 500,000 miles on public roads at speeds as high as 75 mph without an...

    Article • March 1st, 2013

  • Product Showcase 2/13

    Avon Protection The nVision Thermal Imager from Avon Protection utilizes the latest technology advancements in thermal imaging sensors, providing greater thermal sensitivity, a higher detector saturation point, a wider operating temperature range...

    Article • February 1st, 2013