Even if your home survives a fire, there’s a good chance you’ll be dealing with quite a bit of water damage after emergency personnel extinguish the flames. But the creators of the Automist feel a gentler, more targeted approach to fire fighting is a better way to protect a home from serious damage.
Fighting a fire in a towering skyscraper poses unique challenges for both the equipment and the firefighters. That’s why the fire departments of large cities have dedicated high-rise units–but Dubai wants to do one better by equipping its firefighters with jetpacks.
The town of Chelan in central Washington state is currently under evacuation orders as wildfires sparked by lightning prove difficult to contain. But that didn’t stop KOMO News photographer Eric Jensen from getting this amazing shot of a 10 Tanker Air Carrier DC-10 making a drop directly over his head.…
No image says summer more than a cracked-open fire hydrant spewing city water into a New York street. Although not intended as their primary role in the metropolis, it turns out that fire hydrants have served as guerrilla heat relief for 120 years.
Last week firefighting crews couldn’t do their job because five amateur drones were circling the area. And this wasn’t the first time. Drones are getting in the way, and some lawmakers in California want to change all that. Specifically they’d like to give emergency responders the legal ability to disable drones.
The faster you can pour water on a forest fire, the faster you can put it out. And this prototype aerial water-bucket system from Spanish designers Inventec sucks up water three times faster than existing systems.
When we look at visions of the future from the 20th century we often imagine the lone inventor or solitary artist concocting the fantastical world of tomorrow in isolation. But it's amazing how frequently both government regulation and the lack of regulation can influence the future of a given city in ways we don't…
As the post-conflict cleanup from the first Iraq War demonstrated, oil well fires are nearly impossible to put out without taking extraordinary measures. Luckily, this extreme measure is both super effective and totally badass.
When firefighters have to enter a burning building, much of their job still involves blindly feeling their way through dense plumes of toxic fumes in search of those trapped inside. However, a novel new helmet design could one day give firefighters the ability to see through the smoke and hear beyond the roar of the…
The five-alarm fire that destroyed a San Francisco apartment building this week put the city's municipal water supply to the test: When water pressure began to dwindle, firefighters tapped an emergency system that was built below the city—all the way back in 1913.
It makes perfect sense. Burning buildings are very dangerous places for people to enter, so when there's a fire that needs to be put out, why not recruit robots to do the dirty work?
Need to put out a forest fire? Why not bomb it with chemical-filled missiles? At least that was the plan in 1961.
As of this morning, the Rim Fire burning through Yosemite National Park has scorched 237,341 acres—roughly 370 square miles—since it caught on August 17th, presumably from an illegal marijuana grow operation. Firefighters from across the state and country have been battling the blaze nonstop and currently have the…
Check out this UK video of a row house explosion. Taken by the Engine cam, it's frightening and amazing at the same time.
Now that summer is heating up, certain parts of the world are prone to one heat specific disaster: wildfires. Numerous regions in Arizona, and the Los Alamos Nuclear Plant in New Mexico, are currently being ravaged by wildfires. And though it's only a minor consolation, there's lots of forward-thinking technology…
A guy with a window seat and a mobile phone captured some impressive video footage of Arizona's Wallow wildfire.
Firefighters have the coolest job. They get to play with fire each day and don't get in any trouble for doing so. Of all the firefighting jobs out there, the position of burn boss is by far the best.
Firefighting is more than fancy hats and ladder trucks - there's both a science and an art to it. Joe Flood's The Fires shows how New York's Bravest take out a blaze from the top down.
Click to viewIf we're not participating in a jet-powered water cannon arms race yet, we need to get going. Because once you watch China's $456,000 monster spew four tons of water per minute, you're going to want one of our own.