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Published on Aug 20, 2010
FLARE (Firefighter Location and Rescue Equipment) is a system, powered by NFERⓇ Technology, that allows rescue teams to locate "lost" or downed firefighters in a burning building or other emergency situation. In the test at WPI, the firefighters entering the building all had to wear blacked out face shields, representative of a fully involved fire. The FLARE system had to locate a downed firefighter that was lost during the exit of the building by "Engine 22." Ladder 33 was sent in as the rescue team (they also had blacked out face shields) guided only by the FLARE system over radio commands from their chief.
The FLARE system developed by the Q-Track Corporation enabled the rescue team to find the downed firefighter in under 8 minutes a record and a first for firefighter location systems.