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June 6, 2017

Sometimes first responders in the United States hear the comment, “We are from the federal government, and we’re here to help.” Since 9/11, that comment has been said many times, and it is absolutely true—the federal government wants to help.

by Police Chief Magazine
Sometimes first responders in the United States hear the comment, “We are from the federal government, and we’re here to help.” Since 9/11, that comment has been said many times, and it is absolutely true—the federal government wants to help. Many federal agencies have the resources to help state and local emergency responders, but, unfortunately, they do not know the specific needs of these respo...

June 2, 2017

As a reminder, FEMA’s National Integration Center is soliciting feedback on three National Incident Management System (NIMS) Resource Management component guidance documents that enhance interoperability and the effectiveness of mutual aid. This National Engagement Period will conclude at 5:00 pm EDT on June 9, 2017.

by FEMA
As a reminder, FEMA’s National Integration Center is soliciting feedback on three National Incident Management System (NIMS) Resource Management component guidance documents that enhance interoperability and the effectiveness of mutual aid. This National Engagement Period will conclude at 5:00 pm EDT on June 9, 2017. National engagement provides interested parties with an opportunity to comment o...

May 30, 2017

GAO is making five recommendations to FDA and CDC, including that CDC establish a transparent process for providing test manufacturers access to diagnostic tests and FDA and CDC provide information to help ensure that users of diagnostic tests can compare performance. Agencies agreed with four recommendations but raised some concerns with the fifth. GAO has addressed these concerns in the report.
GAO-17-445, May 23

by GAO
GAO is making five recommendations to FDA and CDC, including that CDC establish a transparent process for providing test manufacturers access to diagnostic tests and FDA and CDC provide information to help ensure that users of diagnostic tests can compare performance. Agencies agreed with four recommendations but raised some concerns with the fifth. GAO has addressed these concerns in the report....

May 23, 2017

"Expect drone groups representing both commercial users and hobbyists to storm the Hill in the coming months to ask for legislative language" after a federal appeals court threw out the FAA's registration requirement for recreational drone users on Friday, reports POLITICO's Morning Transportation.

by Politico
"Expect drone groups representing both commercial users and hobbyists to storm the Hill in the coming months to ask for legislative language" after a federal appeals court threw out the FAA's registration requirement for recreational drone users on Friday, reports POLITICO's Morning Transportation. The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International and the Small UAV Coalition have issued s...

May 17, 2017

The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), in partnership with six other fire service organizations, received an Assistance for Local Emergency Response (ALERT) grant to provide free hazmat training for volunteer and remote emergency responders for activities involving the transportation of crude oil, ethanol, and other flammable liquids by rail.

by National Volunteer Fire Council
The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), in partnership with six other fire service organizations, received an Assistance for Local Emergency Response (ALERT) grant to provide free hazmat training for volunteer and remote emergency responders for activities involving the transportation of crude oil, ethanol, and other flammable liquids by rail. Visit the Hazardous Materials Fusion Cent...

April 25, 2017

MA-based robotics company, CyPhy Works has announced that its tethered drone, PARC, will be part of the safety and security measures used by the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) at the 2017 Boston Marathon.

by UAS Vision
MA-based robotics company, CyPhy Works has announced that its tethered drone, PARC, will be part of the safety and security measures used by the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) at the 2017 Boston Marathon. PARC is an acronym that stands for Persistent Aerial Reconnaissance and Communications. That means that like many of the runners, this drone can fly for a very long time. Th...

April 18, 2017

The Remotec bots were also given the ability to rip open a car, sniff out hazardous chemicals, cut a vest off a suicide bomber, blast an explosive with water to render it safe and fire guns at people. They can see in the dark, climb stairs, communicate with hostages and hostage takers, and lift more than the weight of an average person with ease.

by Bloomberg Technology
The Remotec bots were also given the ability to rip open a car, sniff out hazardous chemicals, cut a vest off a suicide bomber, blast an explosive with water to render it safe and fire guns at people. They can see in the dark, climb stairs, communicate with hostages and hostage takers, and lift more than the weight of an average person with ease. In addition to their use in Israel and Iraq by the...

April 14, 2017

The first generation of police body cameras was introduced in 2005 in Great Britain. Their primary task was, and still is, to record police interactions with the public as well as to gather evidence at crime scenes. During a typical day, every police officer captures hours and hours of footage. To separate the irrelevant data from incriminating evidence, every recording needs to be reviewed and edited.

by Market Watch
The first generation of police body cameras was introduced in 2005 in Great Britain. Their primary task was, and still is, to record police interactions with the public as well as to gather evidence at crime scenes. During a typical day, every police officer captures hours and hours of footage. To separate the irrelevant data from incriminating evidence, every recording needs to be reviewed and ed...

April 13, 2017

APPLE VALLEY — While residents continue to praise firefighters for risking their lives battling the recent Pilot and Bluecut fires, many first responders are battling another danger.

Several research reports found that 68 percent of firefighters develop cancer compared to about 22 percent of the general population, no matter the race or gender.

by Daily Press
APPLE VALLEY — While residents continue to praise firefighters for risking their lives battling the recent Pilot and Bluecut fires, many first responders are battling another danger. Several research reports found that 68 percent of firefighters develop cancer compared to about 22 percent of the general population, no matter the race or gender. Read the full article here: https://goo.gl/VJEA...

March 27, 2017

It’s incredible that with the associated fatalities, injuries, motor vehicle accidents, and property damage caused by the accidental deployment of fire hose from a responding or moving fire apparatus, the fire service hasn’t launched a major national campaign. Maybe it has, but I wasn’t aware of it.

by Fire Apparatus Magazine
It’s incredible that with the associated fatalities, injuries, motor vehicle accidents, and property damage caused by the accidental deployment of fire hose from a responding or moving fire apparatus, the fire service hasn’t launched a major national campaign. Maybe it has, but I wasn’t aware of it. Hose Alert debuted at FDIC International 2016. It is a simple concept to alert the driver when a...

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