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  • Clackamas Fire Puts More Eyes on More TIs

    Like many fire departments around the country, Oregon’s Clackamas Fire District 1 has depended on thermal imagers (TIs) for well over a dozen years as a critical tool in helping protect lives and save property. “The technology’s really changed...

    Article • July 1st, 2014

  • Tools & Technologies: Nanomaterials and Fires: Why the Concern?

    Every day, more industrial processes are moving to a new, more active form of the materials they use. This new form is 1,000 times smaller than the micrometer-sized materials that have been common in industry for the past 100 years. These new materials...

    Article • July 1st, 2014

  • Thermal Imaging: Back to Basics: Learning To Deploy Thermal Imagers

    Firefighters spend a lot of time training. This training can include pump and aerial operations, donning of turnout gear, hose extending and pulling drills, forcible entry and victim drags and carries. Most departments would consider these important for...

    Article • June 1st, 2014

  • Fireground Radio Rules: How to Sharpen Your Skills

    I’ve talked about fire radios before, but some of the issues and ideas revolving around radio usage in the fire service continue to evolve and resurface. Let’s look at some important ideas and suggestions related to our fire radios. The first and...

    Article • June 1st, 2014

  • Fire Technology: Virginia's COMLINC

    Since Sept. 11, 2001, much work has been done in the pursuit of interoperable public safety communications. In 2002, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Office of Interoperability and Compatibility (OIC) published the SAFECOM...

    Article • June 1st, 2014

  • What You Don't See…

    I was speaking with a work colleague who happens to be a firefighter about specific uses for thermal imagers (TIs). Our conversation turned toward a topic that we both felt deserved discussion. One of the most challenging fire conditions to control...

    Article • May 1st, 2014

  • Thermal Imaging: Your Next TI: Choose Wisely

    With the ever-growing development of new technologies for the fire service, many fire departments are scrambling to implement and deploy the latest and most sophisticated products available for firefighters. As technology tools go, thermal imagers (TIs...

    Article • April 1st, 2014

  • Thermal Imaging: Come to Your Senses: Why the TI Is Essential

    We are all keenly aware of the importance of our basic senses and how they impact our everyday lives. This is particularly true for firefighters. A firefighter’s sense of touch, taste, smell, hearing and sight are vital to staying safe and healthy...

    Article • March 1st, 2014

  • Fire Dispatch: Controlling PSAP Manager Stress

    T here has been a significant amount of information published concerning stress experienced by telecommunicators. After all, daily life in a Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) is not easy. There is chronic understaffing accompanied by mandatory overtime...

    Article • March 1st, 2014

  • Thermal Imaging: How Far We Have Come

    We increasingly hear the words “Full Deployment” used in fire service circles. With origins tracing to the military, the term and variations of it have crept into public service, manufacturing and even information technology. It does have a nice...

    Article • February 1st, 2014

  • Fire Law: Emails, Smartphones And Overtime

    Every once in a while, someone will ask me a question that prompts a “that is crazy” reaction and I dismiss it as absurd. It may be a few minutes, hours or days later, but eventually I think about the question again. I may even research it a bit. Then...

    Article • February 1st, 2014

  • Tech Supplement: Technology Today and Tomorrow

    Tablets, smartphones, and other mobile devices are transforming public safety communications. The convergence of tablets/mobile devices, broadband connectivity and applications (“apps”) is transforming how success is achieved within the public...

    Article • January 1st, 2014

  • Fire Dispatch: Dispatchers Under the Gun

    Fire dispatchers have always had to prepare for emergencies. Calls where vast quantities of hazardous materials are involved, citizens are trapped above a working fire and firefighters calling a Mayday can all be counted in this realm. However, until...

    Article • January 1st, 2014

  • Fire Dispatch: PDAs and the PSAP: Why Smarter Isn't Always Better

    T here is little doubt that personal digital assistants (PDAs) and other “smart” devices have been of benefit to both the public and to public safety. Any number of applications (“apps”) exist that target emergency response needs for citizens...

    Article • January 1st, 2014

  • Thermal Imaging: "Where's the TI?" Here's the Answer

    How often have you heard your fellow firefighters ask, “Where’s the TI?” This phrase is used far too often and too late in the firefighting process, like at the front door of a working fire before entry. The thermal imager (TI) is one of the most...

    Article • January 1st, 2014

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