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Technology in the Fire Service

A guide to help firefighters learn more about the history and progression of technology in firefighting.


This guide was produced by the Illinois Fire Service Institute (IFSI) Library to compile resources regarding the history of and current issues regarding technology in the fire service. Resources include books, articles, and more! It also provides guidance to help you research the topic yourself.

Use the tabs to the left to explore the pages of the guide. Note that each page contains multiple boxes that are listed on the navigation bar after you've clicked on the page. Use the tabs for easy navigation.

About the IFSI Library

The Illinois Fire Service Institute Library contains books, codes and standards, DVDs, CDs, periodicals, manuals, e-resources, audiobooks, and other fire emergency resources, totaling over 65,000 items. We serve all first responders in the state of Illinois. Materials can be requested in person, by phone or email, or online through our catalog. You can search our catalog by title, author, keyword, subject, or publisher, and choose the formats you want to see. Enter as few or as many search terms as you would like; the more search terms you use the fewer results you'll get, but the results will be more specific. If you live in Illinois and have a public library card, we can send materials to your public library via interlibrary loan. Anyone is also welcome to visit us in person!

IFSI Library Lending Policies

Local Lending (Illinois Residents Only)

  • The checkout period is 4 weeks.
  • Extensions are considered individually.
  • Pick up requested materials at the library circulation desk.
  • Bring your photo ID to set up a lending account.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

  • The checkout period is 6 weeks.
  • IFSI can send materials directly to your local public library through Interlibrary Loan.
  • You must have a public library card.
  • It may take up to two weeks for items to arrive.

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