Technology & Communications News

  • 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

  • Ohio Chief Texts Fire Status to TV Station

    ISLAND CREEK, Ohio -- A structure in Jefferson County was destroyed after fire ripped through it Wednesday. The blaze broke out at about 3 p.m. at the building on Township Road 613 in Island Creek Township. There were no reported...

    News • August 10th, 2011

  • Workshop Tracks Progress on Firefighter Locator

    Despite progress, there was frustration that after many years of development, a device is not already in the field saving lives.

    News • August 5th, 2011

  • Lightning Hits Antenna at Detroit Firehouse

    DETROIT -- A lightning strike is being blamed for knocking out a radio antenna at Detroit's Engine 41. Sgt. Terrance Brewer said the strike happened last Friday while firefighters were out on a call. He said they returned to find...

    News • August 4th, 2011

  • Faulty Meter Causes Radiation Scare in Calif.

    ENCINITAS, Calif. -- A major radiation scare at Scripps Memorial Hospital in Encinitas shut down parts of the hospital on Saturday. The incident occurred at about noon when an on-duty sheriff's deputy at the hospital thought he was contaminated...

    News • July 18th, 2011

  • GPS System Aids Calif. Crews in Trail Rescues

    SAN DIEGO -- A new GPS system could help improve rescue response times by as much as half an hour at Mission Trails Regional Park, according to fire officials. In the past 12 months, the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department...

    News • July 14th, 2011

  • Designing Portable Radios for Fireground Survival

    In hazardous situations it is essential to maintain constant communications with all members operating on the scene. It is a well established fact that firefighters need to be equipped with radios to help ensure their safety and survival. Merely providing...

    News • June 21st, 2011

  • NFPA Encourages Outreach via Social Media

    The NFPA is hopping on the social media bandwagon, and they recommend other fire agencies do the same.

    News • June 14th, 2011

  • Ga. Dispatchers Sent Crews to Wrong Address

    ATLANTA -- A man who called 911 to try and save a womans life says dispatchers sent rescuers to the wrong address. The woman was trapped in a house that was being demolished. She died at the scene before crews could arrive...

    News • June 4th, 2011

  • Mysterious Static Affects Pa. Fire Departments

    GREENSBURG, Pa. -- Emergency officials in several local counties have called the FCC for help after strange static started interfering with calls on Tuesday afternoon. Dan Stevens from Westmoreland County Emergency Management said the frequency...

    News • May 25th, 2011

  • Fla. Woman Claims 911 Slow to Respond to Fire

    DELAND, Fla. -- A Volusia County woman said it took too long to get help when she called 911 because of a brush fire near her home. Betty Mayers is getting a lot of attention from firefighters after calling for help...

    News • May 13th, 2011

  • Thousands of New Orleans Calls Not Answered

    NEW ORLEANS -- It's the number everyone dials in case of an emergency. But new internal documents obtained by the WDSU I-Team show that thousands of 911 calls are not being answered each month in New Orleans. All day and throughout the night, the...

    News • May 3rd, 2011

  • N.H. Phone Outages Affect 911 Services

    MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Phone outages were been reported for Comcast customers in 19 New Hampshire communities, and emergency dispatchers said those affected may not be able to dial 911. Comcast spokesman Marc Goodman said some customers...

    News • March 23rd, 2011