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The Necessity of Drones in the Fire Service and Public Safety

In 2015, I wrote my first article in “Firehouse Magazine” about drones in the fire service. I recall identifying three major categories of potential use and perhaps four more possibilities. While I w... Read More...

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Setting Up a DFR Program Successfully

Although the concept of using a drone as a first responder (DFR) originated within law enforcement and has seen significant success there, the application of drones as first responders has considerab... Read More...

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A New Public Safety Drone Waiver

This July at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Virtual UAS Symposium, the FAA announced a new waiver for public safety. This new waiver is called the First Responder Tactical Beyond Visual Li... Read More...

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Public Safety Drones, Training and Proficiency

One of the significant needs that have been identified by a recent DRONERESPONDERS study report regarding public safety drones is the area of standardized training.  Read More...

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In Living Color? The Colorful and Confusing Thermal Imaging Fire Service Color Palette World

Firefighters who use thermal imaging cameras (TIC) may have noticed that there are numerous color palettes and color temperature associations with fire service thermal imaging cameras. But have we c... Read More...

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Drones and the COVID19 Pandemic

Drones have been progressively making a positive impact in many aspects of public safety. Presently, the Coronavirus (COVID19), has impacted every citizen in the world regarding health, financial and... Read More...

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APOCALYPSE 2020 And You Are There

You are now facing an unknown, mysterious and deadly enemy. This pandemic is invisible, partial to no one. This is like a deadly wildfire spreading everywhere and anywhere leaving carnage in its wake... Read More...

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It's Time to Start Thinking About a Drone Program

By now, the news is out: drones are here to stay for public safety agencies, but despite all the talk about these flying sensors in the fire/rescue community, there is still a lack of good informatio... Read More...

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KIMTEK FDHP-300 Series Fire rescue slip on skid units for pickup truck beds and flatbeds

Our FIRELITE® Transport FDHP-300 series skid units are made for budget minded departments looking for a quality, low cost brush truck to add to their fleet of apparatus. These no nonsense wildland fi... Read More...

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The Importance of Interoperability

Interoperability is a characteristic of a product or system, whose interfaces are completely understood, to work with other products or systems, at present or in the future, in either implementation ... Read More...

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NIOSH Pocket Guide A Tool For Both Ops and Technican

Everyone would agree that the world of hazmat has changed dramatically since the 1980s when HAZWOPER was published. The OSHA regulation established five training levels — Awareness, Operations, Techn... Read More...

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Beware of the Keyboard Incident Commander

In our last article we discussed how my agency’s use of Social Media made an amazing impact for our community during the holidays. Over the last year or so we’ve also touched slightly on negative asp... Read More...

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Managing Your Information During Contentious Political Environments

As you read this article, we find ourselves right smack in the middle of a contentious political environment; it only takes a few minutes of watching the news each evening to realize this. It is impo... Read More...

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Using Drones in the Rescue Service

All things in rescue evolve and change. Materials used in construction of rescue tools improve, technologies change, as do the applications of technologies to effect rescues. It is inevitable and it ... Read More...

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From the Eye of the DRONE

You pull up on scene, smoke is billowing and firefighters are everywhere. You are a chief, you have no clue where your people are. You are supposed to establish IC (Incident Command), but you feel th... Read More...

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