Communications & Technology

Honolulu Declines to Restore Public Access to Radio Traffic

The public and news organizations lost the ability to monitor the radio communications of taxpayer-funded first responders on Feb. 15 when the final phase of the city’s $15 million conversion from an analog system to an encrypted Motorola P25 digital system wrapped up. The media’s access was eventually replaced by sporadic HPD notification emails that …

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Poll call: Is your department considering an electric apparatus purchase?

In a recent poll, an overwhelming majority of FireRescue1 readers said their department was not considering the purchase or even researching the possibility of adding an electric apparatus to their fleet. The resistance and skepticism surrounding the topic is not surprising, said FireRescue1 Executive Editor Chief Marc Bashoor: “By nature, most of us are slow …

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The Future of Fire Investigation

A recent report on the profession argues that fire investigation can still be more art than science, with a lack of consistency, no system of peer review, and no higher-education requirements for investigators. On today’s podcast, we talk about fire investigation with one of the experts who helped write that report. We discuss where the …

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Fire Studies: The Rules of Engagement Are Changing

Changes in construction, fuel characteristics and compartment properties resulted in data that show the need for changes in the way that fire departments operate on today’s fireground. For a department to survive within these changing parameters, it must change how it operates. Progress in any organization or function is impossible without change, and the successes …

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Improving fire department communications

Fire departments face unique challenges when it comes to their internal communications. With personnel scattered between stations and shifts, it can be difficult to get the same message out to every staff member. Firefighters can feel siloed from the wider organization, only communicating with those on their same shift. Down the line, this can lead …

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Podcast: The First Responder Group Doesn’t Just Do Widgets

Paul relives his journey from leading fellow responders as assistant chief of the Seattle Police Department to his arrival at S&T, where he now guides research priorities like pinpointing firefighter location to within one centimeter and helping those battling wildfires breathe easier. In this episode, you’ll hear Paul address some of the current challenges those …

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Fire Protection Research Foundation publishes “Firefighting Foams: Fire Service Roadmap” report

Fire incidents involving flammable liquids have historically resulted in dire consequences. Incidents can occur in aircraft hangars, shipboard spaces, flammable liquids fueling facilities, large fuel storage tanks, and other settings and can range from small, short spill fires to large tank farm fires which can burn for multiple days. A prominent example of the latter …

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Data-Driven Decision Making for the Fire Service

In the fire service, decisions are constantly made by the fire academy cadets up to the chief of department. At times, they are significant; if mismanaged, drastic consequences can result. One way to achieve confident, successful decision making in the fire service is to collect and analyze data that will help guide the individuals in …

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