Technology & Communications Magazine Articles

  • 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

  • Tech Support Introduction: Technology: Where We Are Now And Where We Are Going

    Technology is playing an ever-increasing role in today’s emergency service community by enhancing of roles and responsibilities in the areas of effectiveness, fiscal responsibility and safety. This supplement is designed to increase the awareness of...

    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

  • Thermal Imaging: The End Of an Era

    All good things must come to an end, and so must my time as the author of this column. Although I’m sad to stop writing this column after six years, I’ve enjoyed every minute. Since this is my last column, I thought I would take a cue from my...

    Article • December 7th, 2013

  • Chicago Paramedics Gain "Third Eye" Tools & Technologies:

    I t was a warm summer day on the Saturday before Father’s Day in June 2012. Veteran Chicago, IL, Fire Department (CFD) Paramedic Anne Gradolf responded to a call for an ambulance on the city’s southeast side. The boyfriend of a young woman who was...

    Article • December 1st, 2013

  • Company-Level Hazmat Response and Training

    I’ve never really understood hazardous materials technicians. If you can put “colorless,” “odorless,” “tasteless” and “fatal” in the same sentence, I am not all that interested. My error rate is way too high. I admire those who want to...

    Article • November 1st, 2013

  • Thermal Imaging: Fundraising for Thermal Imaging: Still Necessary

    A s the benefits of thermal imaging have become more well-known, many fire departments have prioritized funding for thermal imagers or sought grant assistance to obtain the devices. Couple this with advances in technology that have brought the price of...

    Article • October 1st, 2013

  • 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

  • What To Do When The Police Call for Help

    I am sure it has happened to your fire department. Two o’clock in the morning and the police want you to set up the aerial so they can get overhead photos of a crime scene or they need to borrow a ladder so they can check the roof of a building near a...

    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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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