Technology & Communications News

  • Unmanned Aircraft Offer Fire Service Eye in the Sky

    Last week, AeroVironment debuted the Qube drone at Firehouse World.

    News • March 1st, 2013

  • Mississippi Firefighter Resigns Over Facebook Post

    Columbus Firefighter Brad Alexander resigned, and two other firefighters and a police officer face disciplinary action after indicating they "liked" the post.

    News • September 4th, 2012

  • Military Mapping Technology Heads to Calif. Fire Lines

    Firefighting is like fighting a war so it makes sense that the same technology the military uses to map strategies on the battlefield is being adapted for use by firefighters.

    News • August 19th, 2012

  • Wildfires Fought Using Data, Spacecraft, Drones

    In the past couple of years, firefighters have gained a significant advantage against wildfires.

    News • July 27th, 2012

  • New Mexico Forestry Unveils Email Alert System

    The New Mexico State Forestry Division officials unveiled a new email alert system on Monday aimed at reaching residents across the state.

    News • May 8th, 2012

  • Firehouse Announces Launch of iPad App

    Firehouse has released an iPad app to expand options and intensify the user-experience.

    News • November 15th, 2011

  • Ohio City Considers Beefing Up Fire Department

    Nov. 02--Northwood City Council is considering beefing up its fire services next year so emergency responders would be on staff 24/7. City officials say the change would lower the response time and eliminate gaps in coverage."It's going to be safer for...

    News • November 3rd, 2011

  • N.C. 911 Center Merger Has Leaders at Odds

    ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. -- Rowan County leaders and Salisbury city officials are arguing about public safety. The county plans to build a brand new 911 center in 2012 and offered to merge dispatching with Salisbury. City...

    News • November 1st, 2011

  • Pa. Fire Siren Silenced by Vandals, Some Thrilled

    YOUNGWOOD, Pa. -- A Westmoreland County fire company is struggling with a vandalism case that's causing a major public safety hazard Youngwood Fire Chief Lloyd Crago told Channel 4 Action News' Ashlie Hardway that over the...

    News • October 10th, 2011

  • Wis. Panel Urged to Buy Communications System

    MADISON, Wis. -- Some Dane County leaders said that politics is playing too much of a role when it comes to implementing new emergency communications technology. Dane County Executive Joe Parisi on Tuesday said the county stands to lose...

    News • September 21st, 2011

  • Emergency Radios in N.C. Malfunctioned 3 Times

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Channel 9 has uncovered serious breakdowns in the radio communication system that police, firefighters and other emergency crews use in Charlotte. Channel 9 reporter Jim Bradley found out that the malfunctions have happened...

    News • September 20th, 2011

  • Denver Fire Inspection Tablets Still Not Working

    DENVER -- Computer tablets bought by the Denver Fire Department for building inspections cost taxpayers more than $340,000, sat on shelves for nearly two years, have repeated problems that have been documented and the costs continue...

    News • September 15th, 2011

  • Interoperability Pushed Amid Latest Emergencies

    ATLANTA -- Imagine having a portable radio at an emergency scene that will do as much, or more, than the smart phone you have clipped to your belt. That day is coming but technology and legislation have to catch up with the need.A team of communications...

    News • August 29th, 2011

  • Fire in Reportedly Empty Texas Apt. Displaces 27

    SAN ANTONIO -- A fire in a Northwest Side apartment complex that was supposed to be vacant has forced more than two dozen other residents of the complex to leave their homes. Firefighters said the fire broke out around 1:45 a.m. Monday in a...

    News • August 23rd, 2011

  • New FCC Plan Adds Text, Photos, Video to 911

    FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski announced a five step action plan to transition to Next Generation 911 during the annual meeting of the APCO in Philadelphia.

    News • August 11th, 2011