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How To Build a Robot That Can Fight Fires

The Terrestrial Robotics Engineer and Control team at Virginia Tech is working on a firefighting robot named SAFFiR (pronounced "safer"). Specifically designed to fight fires on naval vessels, the bot has been equipped to navigate narrow passageways, climb ladders,...

British Columbia recovers $4 million from human caused wild fires

Expect a big bill if you cause a wildfire in BC.  The province has recovered about $4 million from those responsible over the past five years. This money is separate from a fine or penalty.  It’s a much larger sum. BC recovers $4 million from human caused...

Firefighters shouldn’t fear apparatus data recorders

On-Board Data Recorders on fire apparatus shouldn’t be feared by firefighters. “They’re not just used during investigations of accidents,” said Matt Pitzer who works for FRC which makes components that interfaces with the data recorders. ...

FEMA Study Reports Stovetop Heating Element Able to Prevent Fires

"The technology to help stop stovetop fires exists," said Vision 20/20 Project Manager Jim Crawford. "This testing also provides critical data into a larger effort to produce a standard where manufacturers could develop products that inhibit unintentional kitchen...

Quebec’s volunteer fire services lag behind, investigation finds

One year after a seniors’ home fire claimed the lives of 32 people in the small Quebec community of L’Isle-Verte, questions remain about the training and capabilities of volunteer fire services across the province. Quebec's volunteer services lag behind

As people beg, tot leaps from fire

An Alabama man captures chilling video as people beg a child to jump from an apartment fire.  The child escaped the fire uninjured when he was caught by a bystander. child-jumps-out-of-burning-apartment-building

New Westminster firefighters to look at restructuring

Members of Local 256 of the International Association of Firefighters ratified a collective agreement that includes a 2.5 per cent annual wage increase for each year of the contract, as well as some moves to restructure the department.  New Westminster Fire...

The art of burning old growth in Banff

The Sawback area was burned in 1986, 1993 and 1998 — fires that would clean up woody debris and help to knock down any small pines before they started to develop cones and regenerate. In 2014 two more fires were set in the area. There’s a lot of complications but it...

Better ways to fight fires

Central Ohio has benefited greatly from a long-standing arrangement among 34 independent fire departments resulting in a metropolitan-like fire department. But it is beset with inefficiencies: It lacks economies of scale and mass purchasing power and it skips...

Ontario fire department wins prestigious marketing association award

The Canadian Marketing Association has honoured the London Fire Department  and its analytics partner Environics Analytics with a prestigious national award.  Using customer segmentation and data analytics expertise provided by Environics Analytics, the fire...

Botched probe of California forest fire should worry the public

The 2007 Moonlight Fire in California claimed 65,000 acres.  The idea was that government officials — state and federal investigators and prosecutors, could be counted on to conduct an honest investigation and ethical prosecution of those responsible for starting a...

Non-electric elevator has potential to save lives in building fires

A group of researchers in Beijing are testing a new kind of equipment that, if successful, could significantly add to the chances of survival in a high-rise fire. The equipment, now installed in a 15-story, 40-meter-high, university dormitory, can carry four to five...

Extinguish fires yourself city fire chief says

The fire departments of The Hague, Amsterdam and Rotterdam are calling on citizens to first try extinguishing fires themselves over New Year’s before calling the fire department. This is because they are too busy during the turning of the year to help everywhere.  On...

Jasper fire chief gets charity effort rolling across Canada

To keep a promise, Jasper fire chief Greg Van Tighem plans to cycle across the roof of Canada in March. “In early 2013, I set the target of raising $93,000 for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada in each of the next three years by making an annual epic bike...

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