This Firefighter Is Writing Google Glass Apps to Help Save Lives

Google Glass sure has its fair share of dumb applications, but some projects mercifully seem to balance them out. Like the apps put together by Patrick Jackson of Rocky Mount, North Carolina, a firefighter who's writing code to help rescue teams save time—and lives. » 1/21/14 4:30am 1/21/14 4:30am

Google Glass for Police Brings Us Closer to a RoboCop Reality

Ok Glass, you can hear the cop now. Take a picture of that license plate. Try: Ok Glass. Record a video of this five alarm fire. Or even: Ok Glass. Search: gunshot wound treatment. It doesn't take much imagination to realize that Google Glass could be a valuable tool for first responders. And now, the first app has… » 8/19/13 2:04pm 8/19/13 2:04pm

This Is What Happens When You Fight a Five-Alarm Fire in Single-Digit…

Firefighting is an extremely dangerous job on par with helicopter linemen and DC pizza delivery boys. But when fighting a Chicago-area warehouse inferno earlier today, crews had to endure both fire and ice caused by temperatures hovering just above 0 degrees F. Check out shots of the fire's aftermath over at WSJ. » 1/23/13 5:20pm 1/23/13 5:20pm

Firefighters Can Take Smart-Pills That Report Back Important Data…

Firefighters run into flaming buildings for a living, It's not exactly what you might call a safe job. And while they can tell generally how they're doing by noting whether or not they are on fire at any given time, there's a lot more nuance to keeping track of other aspects of their health. That's where data delivery … » 1/20/13 2:07pm 1/20/13 2:07pm

Cheap, Plastic-Filled Furniture Makes It Easier for Fire to Destroy…

Today, more and more furniture is made using plastic-based materials, which burns drastically faster than the interior decor of yore, sucking all the oxygen out of a room at a faster clip, and making it harder to evacuate people. It's a serious problem that's making firefighters completely reconsider how they put fires … » 7/03/12 7:30pm 7/03/12 7:30pm

The Most Intense Firefighter Helmet Camera Videos

Helmet cameras have a tendency to capture inherently cool stuff. You're probably wearing the helmet for a reason, after all. But firefighter helmet cams are especially incredible because they aren't just some staged event, but a real situation with real people putting themselves in actual danger. » 3/23/12 4:20pm 3/23/12 4:20pm