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Tech advances improve NH firefighter safety, response times

New technology includes lighter air packs, automatic distress signals to quickly locate firefighter in trouble, thermal-imaging cameras


By Sandra Bradley
The Union Leader

MERRIMACK, N.H. — Although the basics of firefighting have remained the same throughout the past century, emerging technological advances are helping to improve firefighter safety and response times, according to local experts.

Whether it be lighter breathing gear, electronic location equipment, thermal-imaging cameras, computerized mapping tools or advanced foam, fire departments throughout New Hampshire and the country are taking advantage of these modern toys.

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