Technology & Communications Magazine Articles

  • The 911 Numbers Game: Finding the Funds You Need to Maintain Emergency Access

    Barry Furey discusses the fight for dollars that many fire administrators are dealing with, but emphasizes how the problem of adequate funding is more visible than in communities’ 911 centers and public safety answering points (PSAPs).

    Article • January 31st, 2005

  • Company Drills: TI Contingencies

    It is time again for specific training drills that can help you become more proficient with your thermal imager (TI). One of the recurrent themes in this series has been that regular practice with the TI is essential for successful use at an emergency...

    Article • January 31st, 2005

  • Communication Solutions: Part 1 – The 8 Words of Life Safety

    Mark Emery stresses the need for improving your fireground communication.

    Article • December 31st, 2004

  • Thermal Imaging Training: Overhaul

    Photo courtesy of Bullard Photo 1 shows two images of the same scene. The fire has been knocked down, and firefighters are overhauling the ceiling. The image on the left shows how the scene appears normally on the TI display. Most of the image is...

    Article • December 31st, 2004

  • Solving 800 MHz Radio Interference: A Win for All

    Over the past year, I have been a staunch advocate – along with many other public safety organizations and representatives – of a plan to eliminate a serious radio interference problem that has plagued public safety in the 800 MHz frequency band for...

    Article • December 31st, 2004

  • Thermal Imaging Training: Hazardous Materials

    A number of fire departments have purchased thermal imagers (TIs) for their hazmat companies or through hazmat-related budgets (read “WMD and Homeland Security grants”). Whether the TI is assigned to the hazmat company or to a front-line company...

    Article • November 30th, 2004

  • Progress Report: Information, Intelligence for the Fire Service

    Since 9/11, questions have been raised about delivery of information and intelligence to the fire service. In May 2002, the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) and the National Infrastructure Protection Center (NIPC) announced that U.S. Fire Administrator...

    Article • November 30th, 2004

  • Thermal Imaging Training: Non-Traditional Uses

    Thermal imagers (TIs) are excellent tools for firefighting. Since they enable firefighters to see through smoke, TIs have become required tools on a number of fire companies. Aggressive companies use TIs in every phase of a fire, from size-up to overhaul...

    Article • October 31st, 2004

  • Mississippi Forestry Commission Takes Innovative Approach to Fire Protection

    Mississippi, with a population of 2.57 million, is a mostly rural state of 48,434 square miles. Over 50% of that area is considered forestland and the Mississippi Forestry Commission is charged with providing services to public and private landowners...

    Article • October 31st, 2004

  • Communication – Part 2: Status Reports

    By request of the author, this article is not available online

    Article • October 1st, 2004

  • Disaster Management Interoperability: An IT Backbone for Emergency Responders

    In mid-September 2003, Hurricane Isabel slammed into the Atlantic coast, leaving a path of destruction that extended from the Outer Banks of North Carolina and westward to the Appalachians. In Charlottesville, VA, roads were closed due to flooding and...

    Article • October 1st, 2004

  • Thermal Imaging Training: Company Hazmat Drills

    Each month, this column provides quick tips that help you and your firefighters learn how to use thermal imagers (TIs) more effectively. As we did in June, this month we will review a few potential drills that you can run in and around the firehouse to...

    Article • October 1st, 2004

  • Wireless Service: ''Phase II'' And The Fire Service

    In 1996, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued Report and Order 94-102, which established the plan to implement wireless 911 services throughout the United States. While maintaining a hands-off approach to the technology used, the document...

    Article • September 1st, 2004

  • DC’s Command Unit Achieves Interoperational Capability

    Elizabeth Friszell reports on The Mobile Command and Communications Vehicle placed in service by District of Columbia Fire & Rescue and conducts a Q&A with apparatus executive Jim Parker.

    Article • August 1st, 2004

  • Training Preventive Maintenance and Care

    Firefighters are a quirky bunch. Really, we are. Fire apparatus receive daily or weekly checks to ensure that all fluids are topped off and that everything functions as it should. Self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) are checked daily or weekly, plus...

    Article • August 1st, 2004