On Friday, California firefighters managed to fully contain the once-69,000-acre Rocky Fire. But 17 other fires still burn, with 13,000 men and women actively involved in fighting them. These photos capture the ongoing intensity.
There are few job descriptions (hell, the job description is in the job title) as terrifying as being a firefighter. When things are burning, you run there. When something catches on fire, it’s your job to put it out. When fire is thrown at you, you have to stare it down. It’s just crazy. And though it’s not like the…
It's only June and 2014 is already a record fire year out west. We asked a wildfire fighter how fires are fought, what causes them and what you can do if you find yourself in their path.
Using a normal hose connected to a firetruck to put out a small fire is too boring. In Newfoundland, Canada, they know how to have fun—which is why they drop a ton of water from a giant firefighting airplane instead.
In case there was any doubt, here is another proof of the courage of firefighters: watch as this man stands with his hose right next to a blazing car and the car explodes literally on his face.
What's the biggest risk the iPad 2 poses to you? Damage to your wallet? No, damage to your very flesh. Retired firefighter Hector Camacho burned himself while unplugging his new tablet. Now he wishes he "never would have bought it." Typical!
Let's get a rather important fact out of the way first: it's just a concept. Little boys reading this should cross it off their list to Father Christmas now, before their hopes rise even higher.
We're not firefighters, so this idea may be completely crazy. But if we fought fires for a living, we'd feel a lot more comfortable doing battle with this mean-looking gas-propelled missile launcher concept.
Back in 1931 Modern Mechanix magazine ran an article about an invention used by German firefighters to protect themselves from being engulfed in flames. The simple device consisted of a helmet with a built-in sprinkler system that connects with a nozzle on the hose. Using a hand lever, the firefighter could control…
Futuristic fire-fighting boots and a robot dog may not be the focal point of this piece of concept art, but they're definitely the most intriguing. We're not sure what these boots are supposed to do in the first place, but we know that the artist calls them "fire pumps."
Now this is a fire engine that kids from 5 to 105 would like to see under the Christmas tree next year. How sleek and shiny does this thing look? Instead of the boxy fire fighting vehicles of the past, this baby looks streamlined enough to win a race or two as well as do some good.