Technology & Communications News

  • Texas Dispatch Causes Concern

    SAN ANTONIO -- A new, $19 million, computer-automated dispatch system was supposed to increase efficiency and decrease fire and EMS response times, but the union representing the city's firefighters claimed Thursday it is a waste of money...

    News • August 20th, 2010

  • Experts Discuss High-Tech Apparatus

    On average, 5,650 apparatus are purchased each year that include some form of electronic computer controls, according to FAMA.

    News • August 2nd, 2010

  • Apparatus Learn to ‘Talk’ Via Web

    On modern fire apparatus and emergency vehicles is a storehouse of information that can help mechanics determine when it’s time for preventative maintenance, and tell a chief officer that someone violated department policies by driving too fast or...

    News • July 23rd, 2010

  • Ky. Road Renaming Delays Response

    FALMOUTH, Ky. -- A renamed street may have played a part in the destruction of a geothermal home that caught fire in Pendleton County on Thursday. WLEX-TV said the blaze broke out along Cedar Ridge Road, south of...

    News • July 16th, 2010

  • Fla. Fire Towers Being Sold Off

    LAKE COUNTY, Fla. -- During wildfire season, the only way the state used to be able to watch out for fires were manned towers. Now, those towers are relics. Technology has taken over for manned fire towers and the towers themselves...

    News • July 3rd, 2010

  • Colo. FD to test GPS Apparatus Warning

    DENVER -- Smart phones and in-car GPS units may soon notify people of an approaching emergency vehicle before a siren is ever heard. It's technology a Denver company is developing and preparing to test with West Metro's...

    News • July 2nd, 2010

  • N.H. Department Silences Station Horn

    Jun. 22--HUDSON, N.H. -- No more blast from the past. The air horn atop the Hudson fire station broke down a few months ago and will not be repaired, Chief Shawn Murray said. "It comes down to the air tank (that feeds the air horn) in the attic has a hole...

    News • June 23rd, 2010

  • New Detection, Notification System Solutions Released at NFPA Show

    June 8, 2010, Las Vegas, Nev. -- If the first day of NFPA 2010, Las Vegas, is any indication for the rest of the show, attendees have much to look forward to walking the floor, gathering information from exhibiting vendors on new product technology in...

    News • June 8th, 2010

  • Florida FF in Station Hit by Lightning

    NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. -- A Volusia County firefighter suffered an indirect lightning strike on Sunday when he was knocked out of a chair when a bolt struck at or near a fire station. Firefighter Mike Brasol was doing computer training at a...

    News • June 8th, 2010

  • Ga. 911 System Under Fire - Again

    DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- There are new questions about DeKalb County's 911 response after an ambulance took 18 minutes to reach a teenage soccer player who collapsed on the field. The private ambulance company that...

    News • May 14th, 2010

  • Oregon Firefighters Use Helmet Cameras to Share Perspective

    TIGARD, Ore. -- New helmet cameras captured firefighters' perspectives as a house was burned to the ground Friday during a training exercise. More than 300 firefighters from Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue, Clark County...

    News • April 24th, 2010

  • New Green Technology to Be Unveiled at FDIC

    At the 2010 Fire Department Instructors Conference in Indianapolis this week, two manufacturers will introduce emergency apparatus with technology designed to help keep the atmosphere clean and save fuel.HME Ahrens-Fox will introduce the nation’s...

    News • April 20th, 2010

  • Personal Data on Atlanta FFs Leaked

    ATLANTA, Ga. -- Atlanta Fire Rescue employees got a letter Friday alerting them that a security breach had occurred involving some of their personal information. Private and sensitive information including addresses...

    News • April 10th, 2010

  • Nebraska Paramedics Investigated After 11-Year-Old Boy Handed Radio

    OMAHA, Neb. --  Some Omaha paramedics are under investigation for letting a boy talk on an emergency radio. The 911 director called it an unauthorized emergency transmission. The boy's grandfather said they acted appropriately in trying to...

    News • March 18th, 2010

  • Ohio Firefighters Blame Digital Radio System for Failed Mayday Call

    Two Cincinnati firefighters blame Hamilton County's digital radio system for what they believe was a missed mayday call at a Jan. 7 blaze, according to The Cincinnati Enquirer. Watch VideoFirefighter Kevin Phillips and Lt. Tim Pride became trapped by a...

    News • January 15th, 2010