Swedish hi-tech 'snake' blazes trail to safer firefighting
Firefighting, arguably one of the world's most dangerous jobs, is about to get a lot safer thanks to a revolutionary technique developed in Sweden.
Taming the flame: Electrical wave 'blaster' could provide new way to extinguish fires
A curtain of flame halts firefighters trying to rescue a family inside a burning home. One with a special backpack steps to the front, points a wand at the flame, and shoots a beam of electricity that opens a path through ...
Radio waves 'see' through walls (w/ Video)
University of Utah engineers showed that a wireless network of radio transmitters can track people moving behind solid walls. The system could help police, firefighters and others nab intruders, and rescue ...
NASA image: Fires in San Diego County blazing
The single fire that ignited and split into nine separate fires still blazes in Southern California today. Firefighters are hoping for a break today (Thursday, May 15, 2014) but it doesn't look like luck ...
Research hopes to improve suits for fighting wildfires
You can hardly get through an evening news program without hearing about an out-of-control wildfire spreading across various parts of the country. But how safe and comfortable is the clothing being worn by the ...
Far, far beyond wrist radios: At Homeland Security's think tank, first responders imagine high-tech future
What kinds of gear will be needed by future firefighters, EMTs, and cops? To find out, the Department of Homeland Security asked a DHS think tank to ask the experts, then apply sophisticated math to discover ...
Tesla says car fire began in battery after crash
A fire that destroyed a Tesla electric car near Seattle began in the vehicle's battery pack, officials said, creating challenges for firefighters who tried to put out the flames.
Small fire stops Swedish nuclear reactor
A small fire in a turbine hall shut down a Swedish nuclear reactor overnight but the blaze was swiftly extinguished, nuclear power plant officials said Sunday.
Robot firefighters help mitigate hazardous conditions
Study offers hint at a way to predict 'blow up' fires
Firefighting robot paints 3-D thermal imaging picture for rescuers (w/ video)
(Phys.org) —Engineers in the Coordinated Robotics Lab at the University of California, San Diego, have developed new image processing techniques for rapid exploration and characterization of structural ...
Creating better protective clothing for firefighters
(PhysOrg.com) -- A University of Alberta professor has been developing a model for protective clothing that may make firefighters jobs safer.
New sensor system tracks firefighters where GPS fails
Firefighter Ray Hodgson hits the talk button on his walkie-talkie: "I have fire showing, possibility of a rescue on the third floor. Engine 35, initiate a rescue group. Also back him up with a hose line."
Sensory helmet could mean firefighters are not left in the dark
A specially-adapted 'tactile helmet', developed by researchers at the University of Sheffield, could provide fire-fighters operating in challenging conditions with vital clues about their surroundings.