Technology & Communications News

  • FCC Pushes Public Safety Broadband Network

    The FCC and the U.S. Senate acted this week to move forward in the effort to develop a nationwide public safety broadband network.

    News • January 26th, 2011

  • 911 Dispatch Error Delays Pittsburgh Firefighters

    PITTSBURGH -- Allegheny County Emergency Operations officials said a mistake by a 911 operator caused a nearly four minute delay in the response by firefighters to a house fire on Pittsburgh's North Side. Emergency Services Director Robert Full...

    News • December 24th, 2010

  • N.M. Authorities to Review Massive 911 Outage

    LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- Dozens of 911 call centers in New Mexico lost service for more than three hours Tuesday, including the Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch Authority in Las Cruces. In all, 12 pairs of fiber optic cables were cut with the first...

    News • December 16th, 2010

  • Fire Alarm Fails in Colorado High-Rise Blaze

    DENVER -- Fire officials are investigating why a Denver high-rise fire didn't automatically sound building alarms and return elevators to the lobby as designed Wednesday. "The smoke alarms, there's heavy smoke everywhere, it should have triggered...

    News • December 8th, 2010

  • Texas Man Accused of Stealing Fire Radio System

    KIRBY, Texas -- A man accused of stealing from the Kirby Fire Department isn't the first in his family to face criminal charges related to that agency. Robert Wiatrek, 29, was arrested Saturday-his birthday-on a theft...

    News • November 16th, 2010

  • Kansas City Fire Truck Tips Over; Crew OK

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A Kansas City fire truck tipped over while rounding a corner at a Kansas City intersection and landed on its side against a building on Saturday. Investigators said the truck was responding to a call...

    News • November 13th, 2010

  • Pennsylvania Firefighters Sent to Wrong Address

    A Lancaster man tried to put a fire out in his home on East Marion Street but couldn't. Firefighters said the homeowner used a fire extinguisher on the growing fire Wednesday evening. When it got out of control, firefighers were called, but sent to the...

    News • October 29th, 2010

  • Fla. FFs Say 911 Dispatch Rules Are Dangerous

    VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. -- Firefighters told WFTV the new way Volusia County is handling 911 calls could put lives in danger. They told WFTV Tuesday some people have been waiting more than a half an hour to get emergency help.

    News • October 13th, 2010

  • Ga. Severance Package Questioned

    DECATUR, Ga. -- Former DeKalb County Chief Communications Officer Shelia Edwards may have quit her job last month, but she isn't done getting paid by the county. According to DeKalb County documents, CEO Burrell Ellis has approved a severance...

    News • August 25th, 2010

  • 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