Technology & Communications Magazine Articles

  • Communication – Part 1: Getting It Right

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

    Article • August 1st, 2004

  • Training Building Construction

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    Article • July 1st, 2004

  • Thermal Imaging: Company Drills

    So far, this column has reviewed three different thermal imaging topics. We have looked at using thermal imagers in the size-up process, as well as in the well-known application of search and rescue. We have also examined the issue of deploying the TI...

    Article • June 1st, 2004

  • Thermal Imaging Training: Deployment

    Imagine a fire department ordering a new engine without planning which firehouse it will occupy, what type of response area it will cover, the type of hose it will carry, or what lengths and types of pre-connects it needs. This is a disaster in the...

    Article • May 1st, 2004

  • Pre-Fire Planning: New Technology, Tailored Software

    To this day, Milford, CT, Fire Chief Louis LaVecchia still can’t believe what happened at a major fire in his town 20 years ago. One day, a huge blaze erupted at the Lighter Division of the BIC Pen Company in Milford. Lacking a pre-fire plan...

    Article • March 31st, 2004

  • Safecom: Addressing Public Safety Wireless Needs

    This month’s column features an exclusive interview I conducted with Dr. David G. Boyd, who is deputy director (operations) for the Office of Research and Development and director of the Safecom Program Office in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security...

    Article • March 31st, 2004

  • Thermal Imaging & Incident Size-Up

    Incident size-up is a critical first step that helps ensure firefighter safety as well as the successful conclusion of an incident. Effective and proficient use of a thermal imager (TI) during incident size-up requires several key points be incorporated...

    Article • February 29th, 2004

  • “Fire Reactants”: Filling A Fire Protection Gap

    For decades, fire prevention efforts have focused primarily on three areas: detection, suppression and public fire education. However, despite advances in detection and suppression technology, there remains a gap in the overall scope of fire protection...

    Article • February 29th, 2004

  • Communications: The “Avalanche Effect”

    av·a·lanche – 1. A fall or slide of a large mass, as of snow or rock, down a mountainside. 2. A massive or overwhelming amount; a flood: “I received an avalanche of mail.” Over the past year, there have been disasters all around the world...

    Article • February 29th, 2004

  • Getting Thermal Imagers Through the Budget Process

    Jonathan Bastian discusses three critical steps for fire department leaders to budget and win more thermal imagers.

    Article • October 31st, 2003

  • Federal Grants & Interoperability

    Over the last several months, I have received numerous questions about interoperable communication solutions and grant funding. Vendors and emergency service agencies alike have asked this question. In order to get the straight scoop, I asked David...

    Article • September 1st, 2003

  • Unanswered Questions About WTC Communications

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

    Article • September 1st, 2003

  • The 5 Don’ts Of Thermal Imaging

    Jonathan Bastian points out that a thermal imager is like any other tool on the fireground: properly used, it saves lives and property; improperly used, it can injure firefighters.

    Article • June 1st, 2003

  • Interoperability: An In-Depth Review

    Charles Werner tracks down answers to the question, “What is interoperability?” and defines it meaning for the fire-rescue service.

    Article • May 1st, 2003

  • Nextel Direct Connects With The Fire Service

    In day-to-day communications and during times of emergency, the fire service and all public safety organizations need interoperable communications capabilities - the ability to communicate within an organization and across geographic, organizational and...

    Article • March 31st, 2003