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  • What Does the Future of the Fire Service Hold?

    The year is 2038. Many of you who are entering the fire service this year will be just about ready to pack it in and head off for a retirement home in the southwest. If I am still around, I hope to be a healthy 91-year-old guy, sitting out on my front...

    Article • September 6th, 2013

  • Fire Service Marketing 3.0 – The Next Steps

    The accelerated speed of change is no secret. We see its effects in the fire service: the way we do business and the issues we face.  The recent IAFC paper, Taking Responsibility for a Positive Perception , highlighted the marketing challenges coming at...

    Article • June 24th, 2013

  • The Five Most Common Myths Of Thermal Imaging

    Errant information related to thermal imaging seems to permeate the fire service. I am not sure what causes this, but it seems like several topics simply will not die and keep getting reintroduced. What bothers me most is that, often times, these...

    Article • January 1st, 2013

  • Narrowband Mandate Looming: What You Need to Know

    Charles Werner shares last minute details to help departments meet the FCC's narrowbanding mandate deadline of Jan. 1.

    Article • September 26th, 2012

  • Colo. FD Looks at iPads for Tracking & Prevention

    Jarret Winkelman shares how the South Metro Fire Department is looking to utilize iPads at all operational levels, from fire prevention efforts to inspections and more. Plus, how fire departments can use the iPad right out of the box.

    Article • September 25th, 2012

  • Operating the Single-Staffed Emergency Dispatch Center

    John O’Brien shares how one person can manage inbound and outbound communications at a dispatch center.

    Article • April 25th, 2012

  • Wildfire Detection in the 21st Century

    Mike Archer examines how technology is changing the role of the 100-year-old fire lookout towers that were often the fire line of defense for fires in the wildland.

    Article • April 24th, 2012

  • Community Service: Creating Public Access to Defibrillation Programs

    Sudden cardiac arrest is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. The survival rate for witnessed, out-of-hospital, sudden cardiac arrest is approximately 5 percent in most communities. But in communities with public access...

    Article • January 30th, 2012

  • Emergency Telecommunications for Wildfire Operations

    A look at how the U.S. Forest Service and CAL FIRE establish emergency communications while operating at wildland incidents.

    Article • September 7th, 2011

  • Wildfire Simulation Technology – Part 3

    Beneath every wildfire model there is a set of assumptions, ideally based on a theory of how fire ignites and spreads. The model, however, is only as good as the theory that drives it and the data that goes into it. As computers have gotten smaller and...

    Article • July 30th, 2011

  • Wildfire Simulation Technology – Part 2

    In the summer of 2003, a wildfire was threatening the Montana town of Hungry Horse. Several simulations were run by scientists who had combined data on the conditions of the fire, fuel, and weather to provide a forecast of what the fire would do.

    Article • June 24th, 2011

  • Wildfire Simulation Technology – Part 1

    These days, with fire departments hampered by tight budgets, training (particularly large-scale exercises) may get cut in order to staff enough personnel. However, the effectiveness of computer-based simulations has begun to catch up with the...

    Article • March 31st, 2011

  • Aerial Firefighting with Night Vision Goggles – Part 2

    In our second installment of this series on Night Vision Goggles (NVG), three fire departments that operate aircraft while using NVG weigh in on the benefits and dangers of night operations. Los Angeles County Fire Department

    Article • February 26th, 2011

  • Aerial Firefighting with Night Vision Goggles – Part 1

    As wildfires become more prevalent and ferocious, many in the fire service are looking for better ways to battle wildland blazes. One factor that is almost universally accepted is that the vast majority of fires diminish in severity overnight, when...

    Article • January 28th, 2011

  • New Technology, Standards Turning Apparatus Green

    To meet the 2010 standards, engine manufacturers have developed complex systems that convert toxic pollutants into essentially harmless components.

    Article • November 15th, 2010

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