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  • Blackout Spotlighted New York City's Emergency Service Glitches

    How did the city's 911 system operate during the blackout? Emergency operators fielded 80,000 calls once the lights went out, but responding to those calls took up to an hour.

    News • August 19th, 2003

  • Infa-Red Helicopter Camera to Aid English Firefighters

    The camera, a standard fixture in police helicopters, will be able to locate fire and nearby people as they show up in white on a screen against a grey background. The helicopter and camera are being used in Mansfield where police and firefighters are...

    News • August 13th, 2003

  • New Technology Helps Illinois Firefighters

    When Elburn's fire department drives to a call, it could be to anywhere within its 77-square-mile district, and some of those places are tough to find.

    News • August 12th, 2003

  • PlanGraphics Will Develop On-Line Mapping System for FDNY

    PlanGraphics, Inc. will develop an on-line mapping system for the Fire Department of the City of New York (FDNY) under a contract signed in March.

    News • July 22nd, 2003

  • Bush Orders Review of Radio Airwaves Use

    President Bush ordered a broad review Thursday of how government and industry can better use radio airwaves, which are growing congested by signals from cell phones, wireless gadgets and the military.

    News • June 6th, 2003

  • DC Firefighters Unhappy With Radio Upgrade

    D.C. firefighters and their union leaders say they are not satisfied with the progress of repairs to their radio system - work that is being supervised by Suzanne J. Peck, the city's $139,000-a-year chief technology officer who is moonlighting for the...

    News • May 16th, 2003

  • Possible Solution To Wireless Interference Made

    Motorola has offered a technical solution to eliminate interference caused by commercial wireless vendors.

    News • May 9th, 2003

  • FCC Eases Ultra-Wideband Restrictions

    Technology that can see through walls to help police track criminals and aid firefighters searching for victims received a boost from federal regulators Thursday.

    News • February 14th, 2003

  • Once the Source of a Dispute, New FDNY Radios Hit the Field

    After two years of adjustments, tests and internal backbiting, the Fire Department has begun reissuing the hand-held radios that were pulled from service in 2001 after firefighters complained that they were prone to dangerous lapses in communication.

    News • February 2nd, 2003

  • VFCA Offers Improved News and Information Notifications

    Virginia Fire Chiefs Association more versatile and faster method of providing notifications regarding routine and critical information.

    News • January 23rd, 2003

  • Ill. Fire Station's Web Access Turned Off

    Firefighters at one Peoria fire station won't be perusing popular fire Web pages such as - or any other site, for that matter - anytime soon.

    News • January 7th, 2003

  • List Serves, On-line Newsletters & Notification Services

    Many people have asked me how I have access to so much information.

    News • August 30th, 2002

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