Technology & Communications Magazine Articles

  • Spectrum Reconfiguration: Ready, Set, Go!

    The effort to eliminate 800 MHz public safety radio interference has felt like a race, or, more accurately, a marathon. We've had some distinguished leaders carry the baton on this issue, with plenty of hearty support from the public safety team. But...

    Article • September 1st, 2005

  • Generation Next: CB Protective Firefighter Turnout

    Article • August 1st, 2005

  • The IAFC's Guide To Interoperable Communications

    Communications problems and the inability to coordinate with other disciplines and jurisdictions have been recognized as significant operational limitations in every major incident, from the shootings at Columbine High School to the terrorist attack on...

    Article • August 1st, 2005

  • Getting Thermal Imagers Through the Budget Process

    Introduction As budget time approaches, a number of fire departments will yet again request thermal imagers (TIs). Many departments will struggle to convince their budgetary authorities to fund the request. TIs may be removed from the budget...

    Article • August 1st, 2005

  • Internet Telephones and 911: Emerging Technology – And Emerging Problems

    Throughout history, people have reported fires in a number of ways. Watchmen’s rattles, church bells and locomotive rims gave way to Gamewell boxes and, eventually, the telephone. For many communities, the corner fire alarm box has long been a thing...

    Article • July 1st, 2005

  • Fire Attack and the Thermal Imager

    Fire suppression: it’s the job most commonly associated with a firefighter. When lives and property are at risk, firefighters extinguish the fire to bring control and safety back to a situation. This month’s training column examines how firefighters...

    Article • July 1st, 2005

  • 911 Center Staffing: A Burning Issue

    Adequate staffing has long been a fire service concern. Whether it involves the number of career firefighters assigned to ladder and engine companies, or the ability of suburban and rural communities to recruit adequate numbers of volunteers to provide...

    Article • June 1st, 2005

  • The Interoperability "SWEET" Spot

    Interoperability and technology solutions in general have inundated the public safety market. With so many solutions available, there must be some easy method to help guide first responders through the selection process. After reviewing the local...

    Article • June 1st, 2005

  • Thermal Imager Fundraising In Small Communities

    In 1999, the Thorn Township Fire Department, in Thornville, OH (population 3,500), purchased a thermal imager (TI) with money donated largely from local fundraising. Last fall, firefighters used this TI to rescue 3-year-old Jonah West from his burning...

    Article • June 1st, 2005

  • Communicator Training Changing Expectations For Changing Times

    Fire departments have long known the benefits of proper training. Besides the obvious need for even the newest firefighters to function safely under a wide variety of dangerous conditions, organizations such as the NFPA, ISO and OSHA establish minimum...

    Article • May 1st, 2005

  • How to Use the Features of Your Thermal Imager

    Thermal imaging has advanced significantly in the past eight years. Durability, reliability, image quality and battery life have all improved. As firefighters have become more comfortable with thermal imaging, manufacturers have supplied more features...

    Article • May 1st, 2005

  • Training Using a Thermal Imager In Rapid Intervention Operations

    Twelve months ago, this column addressed the topic of search and rescue. The training tips and ideas concentrated on searching for civilian victims; this month, we concentrate on finding firefighters. The development, planning, training and standby...

    Article • March 31st, 2005

  • Solar Power: A Hot New Trend in the Fire Service

    When Chief Ken Collins of the Union City, GA, Fire Department designed the city’s newest fire station, his goal was to make it as energy efficient as possible. By the time he got up from the drawing table, it was determined that the new Station 1...

    Article • March 31st, 2005

  • Communications and Command Vehicles: Dispatch Centers on Wheels

    Barry Furey discusses how a properly designed communications vehicle provides a platform to interface the decision makers with decision-making technology, and is becoming a more frequent addition to fire departments throughout the United States.

    Article • March 31st, 2005

  • Assistance to Firefighters Grants: Appealing for Thermal Imagers

    Thermal imagers are one of the most frequently requested pieces of equipment by U.S. fire departments appealing for Assistance to Firefighters Grants. In judging FIRE Act applications, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) expects departments to...

    Article • February 28th, 2005