Fire Industry News and Events

History of Smokejumpers

While smokejumping is risky business, it’s an effective tactic in many wildfire cases. Interested in how this program started? Read on to learn more about the history of smokejumpers.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Technological Advances: A Closer Look at Thermal Imaging

For decades, firefighters across the globe have sought a way to see through the smoke and soot so that they might more accurately locate victims, discover the seat of fires, and offer assistance in the places it is most needed. Fortunately, the latest technological innovations in thermal imaging over the past two decades have begun to partially restore firefighters' sight.

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Firefighting Technological Advances: A Closer Look at Drone Technology

While the term “drone” may carry a futuristic connotation, drones have been around for decades. The concept itself has been around since the mid-1800s when unmanned balloons were used to carry explosives in war. For a long time, drones were primarily used in the military, but they’ve shown promise for use among scientists, security officials, rescue teams, and firefighting crews.

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

The Evolution of Wildland Firefighting

Dense, lush forests, fields, and pastures offer an enchanting gateway into the natural world, but dry, hot summers and irresponsible campers can turn that beautiful scenery into fuel. Wildland firefighters keep these conflagrations under control, ensuring safety and continued growth for our nation’s wilderness.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The History and Evolution of Wildland Firefighting

Wildland fire suppression and fighting within the United States has had a long and complex history. The concept of wildfire suppression refers to the specific firefighting tactics trained professionals utilize in dealing with wildland fires. Firefighting efforts in wildland areas generally require specialized techniques, training, and equipment in comparison to the more traditional and familiar realm of structural firefighting used in populated areas. Often working alongside carefully designed...

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Monday, May 4, 2015

Skid Unit Recent Delivery - Pleasant Hill Fire District

On March 16th, Pleasant Hill Fire District in Oregon “geared up" for wildland season by taking delivery of a 300 gallon End Mount Skid Unit. The unit features an NFF4 High-Pressure Four-Stage Pump, 18HP Honda Motor and Hannay Steel Electric Reel. PHFD plans to use the unit as their primary response unit for grass and Wildland fires.

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Biggest Little Fun at the NWSA Conference

​Last week, I had the pleasure of attending the National Wildfire Suppression Association (NWSA) Annual Conference in Reno. Private contractors (NWSA Member Companies) from across the country took part in three days of workshops, meetings and training...

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Monday, February 23, 2015