Bob Elling, MPA, EMT-P
As wildfires increase in frequency and intensity, fire fighters are utilizing all available technology to combat these dangerous infernos and keep their crews safe.
September is National Preparedness Month, and with it comes the reminder to plan ahead for the chance of hazards and disasters in our everyday lives. Although these occurrences are unlikely for many of us, it is important to prepare for emergencies that can affect our families, homes, and communities.
A North Carolina fire fighter has developed an app for Google Glass that he hopes will enable first responders to save time during an emergency. As a "Google Explorer," Patrick Jackson is a member of Google's Glass Explorer Program, which allows him to test the wearable technology before it goes to market. Right now, his app is geared towards assisting fire fighters in the field by displaying important information hands-free at the fire fighter's command. Relevant and timely information may include: dispatch data, location of emergency, nearest fire hydrants, etc.
As the school year draws to a close, many college and university students are researching and choosing their on- or off-campus housing for their return in September. With final examinations looming, boxes being hastily packed up, and end of the year parties in full swing, choosing a safe housing option for the start of next semester is not always a top priority for students. The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) urges students and parents to stay informed on campus fire safety steps they can take now to ensure a safe school year ahead.