Charles Sharp, CEO of the Black Emergency Managers Association

The Emergency Manager: Changing of the Guard

Several factors are converging to slowly make the field of emergency management more diverse, a necessity for effective disaster response.

Drone Helps Orland, Ill., Firefighters Battle House Blaze

In addition to standard equipment, firefighters also deployed a drone — the first live test of a technology they've been piloting for about two months.

Firefighters in Washington Train with High-Tech Air Packs

The apparatus protects the face and eyes, provides breathable air, warns when that air is running low, allows firefighters to communicate and sounds an alarm when a firefighter is disabled.