In the past three years, the U.S. government has set aside nearly $3.3 billion for the bolstering and modernization of our nation’s wildland firefighting capabilities. These funds have arrived at a critical point in time as government agencies face the compounding effects of climate change that are contributing to longer
In a previous post on The Last Mile, we looked at some of the large technology trends that are poised to get funding across the nation and transform firefighting in 2022. I also discussed how the Biden Administration – seeing the increased frequency and severity of incredibly damaging wildfires –
In a list of the most devastating and destructive years for wildland fires since 1960, the worst five years in terms of acreage burned have all occurred within the past decade and a half. That means that we’re living in a time of more frequent, more deadly, and more devastating
Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the 2020 presidential election, one of the biggest stories of 2020 is at risk of being forgotten. 2020 was the year of the wildland fire, and not just in the United States. The year began with the “Black Summer” bushfires burning across New
As wildfires grow increasingly severe, we need to rethink the technology and equipment our firefighters rely on to stay safe, connected, and aware. This session from the 2020 Colorado Wildland Firefighter Conference will provide an overview of the new and innovative communications technologies that are enhancing resilience and accountability on
Wildfires are proving to be more deadly and destructive than ever, making real-time situational awareness and communications increasingly critical for wildland fire crews. Recent federal legislation passed in the United States even requires new location tracking technology to improve individual firefighters’ safety on the fire line — but what happens
With new federal requirements for location tracking now in place, this free webinar will review the new mobile mesh networking technology solutions designed to address these challenges. Viewers will hear case studies from recent deployments and learn how agencies are already enhancing situational awareness and safety in the wildland today.