United States of America (USA) Fire Industry News

First Alert, Campus Firewatch and the Michael H. Minger Foundation selects organisations to educate communities on fire safety

Each organisation will receive 100 donated smoke or carbon monoxide (CO) alarms from First Alert to install with students during home safety visits First Alert, the most trusted brand in home safety*, Campus Firewatch and the Michael H. Minger Foundation have selected 25 organisations to participate in the second annual Town/Gown Fire Safety Community Service Project to raise awareness about fire safety. The initiative pairs firefighters with local colleges and universities to...

Virtual Reality Emerging As A Training Tool In The Fire Service

Virtual reality (VR) is an emerging tool for training in the fire service The dangers of firefighting make it unfriendly to the concept of the learning curve. Before they put their lives on the line, firefighters should have knowledge and experience. But gaining knowledge and experience in the firefighting environment presents its own dangers. Virtual reality (VR) is an emerging tool for training in the fire service. Recreating the firefighting experience realistically in a v...

Honeywell announces integrating VESDA-E smoke detection technology with NOTIFIER and Gamewell-FCI fire systems

The VESDA portfolio is the most widely used advanced smoke detection technology in telecommunications and data centre applications Honeywell, a pioneer in Connected Buildings, announced its advanced smoke detection technology – capable of detecting and reporting smoke at its inception, before a fire develops – can now integrate with some of the most widely used fire panels in commercial buildings without the need for additional hardware or wiring. Combining Int...

How Targeted Suppression Stops Fires At The Source

While whole room protection – sprinklers or gas systems – is a common choice, there is an argument for thinking smaller; taking fire detection and suppression down to the equipment, enclosures and even the components where a fire is most likely to start. Traditional Fire Suppression Methods A traditional water-based sprinkler system is the most common form of fire protection found in commercial and industrial buildings. They offer reasonable cost, large area protection for entire f...

CNL Software unveils next-gen PSIM software at the Global Security Exchange (GSX) Security Conference 2018

CNL Software to exhibit PSIM software at GSX 2018 CNL Software, global provider of Physical Security Information management (PSIM) software, is pleased to announce that it will be demonstrating the latest developments to its IPSecurityCenter PSIM software at GSX. These developments include enhancements that increase performance and help reduce operational response times in distributed, large-scale and mission-critical PSIM deployments. The IPSecurityCenter demonstrations are o...

How Fire Departments Use Drones To Save Lives

Cost justification of drones is easy if you compare the cost with operating a helicopter Drones are an important new tool for the fire service and have already proven their ability to save lives. Willingness to embrace drones (or unmanned aerial vehicles [UAVs]) for fire applications varies widely by department, and it’s not just larger departments that are making the investment. Some smaller departments are investing in drones in a big way, even as some larger departmen...

ShotSpotter expands Verizon partnership with inclusion of ShotSpotter Flex reseller agreement for gunshot detection services

ShotSpotter-Verizon collaboration expands with ShotSpotter Flex inclusion ShotSpotter, Inc., global company in gunshot detection solutions that help law enforcement officials identify, locate and deter gun violence, announced that Verizon Communications Inc. has expanded its partnership to include reselling ShotSpotter Flex, the company’s flagship gunshot detection solution, as a stand-alone offering to its customers. ShotSpotter, used by more than 90 cities to help figh...

AT&T's FirstNet joined by over 2,500 public safety agencies to support first responders battling wildfires and other emergencies

FirstNet is bringing public safety a much-needed technology upgrade to help them connect to the critical information they need More than 2,500 public safety agencies across the country have joined FirstNet. This is nearly double the number of agencies since the last update in July. FirstNet is the nationwide public safety communications platform dedicated to America's first responders. Being built with AT&T, in public-private partnership with the First Responder Network A...

Pittsburgh appellate court affirms ruling in favour of Federal Signal Corporation in firefighter hearing loss case

The trial court had ruled that the plaintiff firefighters had failed to produce evidence of an alternative siren design Federal Signal Corporation, a provider of environmental and safety solutions, announced that a Pittsburgh court of appeals issued an opinion affirming the trial court's dismissal of a case filed by seven Pittsburgh firefighter plaintiffs who claimed that the Company's sirens on their fire trucks caused them hearing loss. The trial court had ruled that the pl...

Integrated Life Safety: How Smart Buildings Offer Effective Fire Detection

The era of “smart buildings” is here, bringing new opportunities for significant gains in efficiency, safety and environmental protection. In an interview, Rodger Reiswig, director of industry relations at Johnson Controls Global Fire Protection Products, offers his insights into the impact of smart buildings on fire detection and what it means for organisations planning new facilities. Q: How do you define smart buildings? The term “smart buildings” means...

Charlotte Fire Department becomes the first major fire department to deploy Axon's digital evidence management solution

The fire department's arson unit will be the first to deploy Evidence.com services as part of a larger proof of concept Axon, the pioneer in connected law enforcement technologies, announced that Charlotte Fire Department (CFD) will deploy Axon's digital evidence management solution, Evidence.com, making it the first major city fire department to join the Axon network. The department's arson unit will be the first to deploy Evidence.com services as part of a larger proof of c...

Shulman Rogers files FCC STA requests for California public safety agencies affected by fires

The Shulman Rogers FCC Licensing staff prepares hundreds of applications every year for land mobile radio, microwave and other radio services Hundreds of thousands of acres have been lost in the paths of the worst fires in California history. In addition to the loss of lives and homes, vital communications infrastructure is at risk. Many government agencies need to relocate critical emergency transmission infrastructure as a result of the fires. Loss of this public safety in...

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