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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Technology in the Fire Service

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

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Diane Richardson, Reference & User Training Librarian:

David Ehrenhart, Archivist and Metadata Librarian:

General Resources

Technology in the fire service is a broad term- it covers anything from fire pumps to computers to the protective clothes firefighters wear. Firefighting technology has come a long way over time, however the field of firefighting values tradition. This means that a lot of fire departments are apprehensive to adopt new technologies, even if they are safer and more effective.

Image courtesy of Fire Engineering

Technology in the fire service has come a long way over the years. Check out the video below to learn about historical firefighting technology!

IFSI Resources

Linked below are materials that can be found at the IFSI Library. If you are not local, these materials and many others can be sent to your local library via Interlibrary Loan! More books, articles, and other resources can be found by searching our catalog.