Technology & Communications News

  • Typo Sends FDNY FFs to Wrong House

    NEW YORK -- A tragic typo sent Queens firefighters barreling to a wrong address yesterday (Nov. 7) as three men died at the actual blaze three blocks away.While trapped residents tried to escape the illegally converted house on 65th Street in Woodside at...

    News • November 9th, 2009

  • Ohio Counties Start Phone System

    --   A new automated phone system will soon warn hundreds of people of emergencies, water boil orders and other important information. The City Watch program will be used in Brooke, Hancock, Ohio and Marshall counties.

    News • November 6th, 2009

  • New Technology Presented at Expo

    It's pretty well known that people in the emergency services like stuff -- especially new stuff. And, it looks like there's some cool new stuff in the pipeline for gadget folks. What would you think about a handheld device that can help make triage...

    News • October 30th, 2009

  • Fla. Responders Lose Radio Comm.

    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. --   First-responders in Palm Beach County lost all radio communication Thursday night. Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue, West Palm Beach Police Department and other local agencies were all...

    News • October 8th, 2009

  • Support Needed for Future Public Safety Broadband Service

    The fire service has a once in a lifetime opportunity to seek an additional 30 MHz of spectrum on which a next generation wireless broadband network could be built, but we must act quickly if to influence federal policymakers.

    News • November 21st, 2006

  • The NOAA Website, the Weather and You

    Recently while visiting the NOAA website as I have often done, I came across a new and experimental mobile product.

    News • August 30th, 2006

  • Congress Approves New Spectrum for Public Safety

    Broadcasters to vacate channels 63, 64, 68 and 69 by February 17, 2009.

    News • February 2nd, 2006

  • NIOSH Issues Respirator Approvals for CBRN

    The products are expected to protect the general working population in escape scenarios from chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear exposures.

    News • November 3rd, 2005

  • Communications: "The Katrina Effect"

    Communications are the single most important tool to effectively maintain command and control and there are many PRIMARY systems in the United States that are seriously deficient.

    News • September 29th, 2005

  • DHS Secretary: Keep Your 10-Codes

    DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff has given in to some first responder requests to keep the 10-Code verbal communicatiolns.

    News • September 27th, 2005

  • Virginia's Charlottesville Fire Department to Assist with Katrina Communications Needs

    Bill Purcell, who serves as the Charlottesville Fire Department’s Special Operations Battalion Chief, will be making the trip to provide communications support.

    News • September 2nd, 2005

  • Katrina Rescuers Improvise Communications

    When the phones don't work, improvise. That's what emergency responders and civilians were forced to do in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

    News • September 2nd, 2005

  • Texas Town Considers Wireless Upgrade For Emergency Response

    Public safety agencies already possess most of the necessary equipment

    News • August 24th, 2005

  • Military Might Draft Satellite Radio

    The Mobile Enhanced Situational Awareness Network, known as MESA, would get a dedicated channel.

    News • June 27th, 2005

  • Software Glitch Blamed For Massachusetts 911 Failure

    When a woman called her local dispatch center, the new high-tech system failed.

    News • May 26th, 2005