Technology & Communications Magazine Articles

  • New Products 2/13

    Firefighter Flashlights STREAMLIGHT INC. has introduced two intrinsically safe, alkaline battery-powered flashlights, the 3AA ProPolymer HAZ-LO and the 3C ProPolymer HAZ-LO. Both lights, which feature brighter C4 LED technology, are suitable for use...

    Article • February 1st, 2013

  • Higher Education: Universities Aid Soaring Technology For Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

    As the fast-moving wildfire advances toward a rocky ridge entangled in bone-dry underbrush, a copse of Ponderosa Pine and a dozen homes, the incident commander looks to his operations chief and gives the order, “Launch Little Bird 1, and give me an...

    Article • January 11th, 2013

  • Thermal Imaging: "Taking It To the Streets"

    As thermal imaging becomes more mainstream in the fire service, the potential uses of the technology expands on a daily basis. Many firefighters think of a thermal imager as a “firefighting tool,” and immediately relegate its use to those incidents...

    Article • January 7th, 2013

  • Emergency Communications: 5 Events Shaping the Future Of Fire Service Communications

    According to some, it was predicted that 2012 would see the end of civilization. That was not to be, but one truism about last year that cannot be denied is that events that occurred in 2012 will shape the future of fire service communications...

    Article • January 3rd, 2013

  • The Station Uniform Shirt

    Firefighters wear structural turnout gear and other components of personal protective equipment (PPE) to provide protection against multiple hazards, most notably thermal injury. The use of such protection is absolutely necessary, but it also imposes a...

    Article • January 1st, 2013

  • The Five Most Common Myths Of Thermal Imaging

    Errant information related to thermal imaging seems to permeate the fire service. I am not sure what causes this, but it seems like several topics simply will not die and keep getting reintroduced. What bothers me most is that, often times, these...

    Article • January 1st, 2013

  • New Products 1/13

    Inflatable Boats RESCUE ONE CONNECTOR BOAT has introduced the Rescue ONE Inflatable Boat Series, featuring smaller, lighter-weight boats designed for rescue operations. Standard features include five separate air chambers, each with its own fill valve...

    Article • January 1st, 2013

  • Thermal Imagers: What's Your Deployment Model?

    Thermal imagers are now within the budgetary grasp of most fire departments, but have you consider what your deployment model says about your intentions? This article helps you plan strategically to position your equipment in readiness for combat.

    Article • December 18th, 2012

  • Four Common Myths About Next Generation 9-1-1

    As the implementation of Next Generation 9-1-1 approaches, there are still many common misconceptions about what it is and what it does. This article examines four common myths about Next Generation 9-1-1.

    Article • December 1st, 2012

  • 2012 Top Innovations

    Online University Columbia Southern University (CSU), a completely online university, was established to meet the demand for alternatives to the traditional university experience. CSU online degree programs allow non-traditional students to honor career...

    Article • December 1st, 2012

  • Fire Dispatch: Five Communications Drills That Could Save Your Life

    Although fire chiefs and training officers often struggle for training materials, emergency communications are rarely deeply explored. Let’s face it; practicing talking on a radio is not as exciting as a live burn or practicing the proper placement of...

    Article • November 1st, 2012

  • Dispatch Protocols For Active-Shooter Incidents

    Barry Furey explains the critical role that dispatchers and communications centers play during active-shooter events. They play an important role in firefighter safety through the collection and dissemination of timely and accurate information.

    Article • September 1st, 2012

  • Security 2012: More Than A Lock and Key

    Barry Furey examines the need for solid security of all fire department technology applications to protect gas card numbers, pre-plans filled with exotic materials, keypad codes for secured properties and more.

    Article • August 1st, 2012

  • The Future of Thermal Imaging

      The year: 2004. The topic: When would my mother-in-law and father-in-law decide to buy their first computer?

    Article • September 29th, 2011

  • Evaluating Thermal Imagers

      As thermal imagers have become ubiquitous in the fire service today, many departments are foregoing the rigorous evaluations that marked the early phase of TI adoption. Many departments just keep on purchasing what they have always purchased or...

    Article • March 30th, 2011