Technology & Communications Magazine Articles

  • 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

  • What Is LTE?


    Article • February 26th, 2011

  • The Fire Service and the BlackBerry: A Powerful Combination

      Smart phones have made their way into public safety communications in a big way. This article will focus on the BlackBerry by Research in Motion (RIM) smart phone, which has become one of the most popular choices by public safety agencies for a...

    Article • January 25th, 2011

  • New Year's Resolutions


    Article • December 27th, 2010

  • Thermal Imaging Terminology

    The Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) is one of my favorite activities of the year, as I get an opportunity to interact with firefighters from all over the world who come by the booth to talk about thermal imaging. The show allows me to ask...

    Article • May 27th, 2010

  • Mutual Aid for Dispatchers

    Many commonalities are shared by the suppression and communications functions of a fire department. Both must respond to emergencies at a moment's notice. Both rely on accurate information to do their jobs. And both require a minimum amount of staffing...

    Article • May 27th, 2010

  • Who Really Needs a Thermal Imager?

    All too often, I am confronted with the issue of whether a thermal imager is necessary. I have heard all kinds of reasons not to carry the thermal imager, including, "It's too heavy," "It will only slow me down," "I have too many other tools to carry" and...

    Article • May 5th, 2010

  • Sharing Pre-Plan Data to Improve Responses

    When an incident call comes in, what fire department doesn't want to respond as quickly as possible? Response, however, involves not just the speed with which firefighters must reach the scene, but executing tactics to handle the incident once on-scene...

    Article • May 5th, 2010

  • Accessorizing Your Thermal Imager

    When evaluating a thermal imager (TI), standardization is a common concern. It is much easier to manage training when all of the thermal imagers in a given fire department function the same way. When the imagers turn on the same way, colorize the same...

    Article • March 31st, 2010

  • Dispatch Times: Regulations Versus Reality

    Throughout history, the fire service has placed significant emphasis on speed, using propagation models as justification for shaving seconds off response times wherever and however possible. After all, the conflagration that we're rushing to is getting...

    Article • March 31st, 2010