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.
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.
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
"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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.