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February 16, 2016

In the wake of the mass shootings in places like Aurora, Colo., and San Bernadino, Calif., a growing number of businesses are hiring security experts to train employees on how to respond to a workplace attack.

Such shootings often occur in businesses. A 2014 FBI study outlined 160 active shooter incidents across the country between 2000 and 2013, and 46 percent of them occurred at a business.

by Emergency Management Magazine
active shooter training
In the wake of the mass shootings in places like Aurora, Colo., and San Bernadino, Calif., a growing number of businesses are hiring security experts to train employees on how to respond to a workplace attack. Such shootings often occur in businesses. A 2014 FBI study outlined 160 active shooter incidents across the country between 2000 and 2013, and 46 percent of them occurred at a business....

February 15, 2016

ABSTRACT: Emergency responders intervene before and during disasters to save lives and property. The uncertainty and infrequency of disasters make it hard for responders to validate that their response strategies will be effective, however. As a result, emergency response organizations use processes for identifying and disseminating lessons in hopes that they and others will be able to learn from past experience and improve future responses.

by Amy Donahue and Robert Tuohy
ABSTRACT: Emergency responders intervene before and during disasters to save lives and property. The uncertainty and infrequency of disasters make it hard for responders to validate that their response strategies will be effective, however. As a result, emergency response organizations use processes for identifying and disseminating lessons in hopes that they and others will be able to learn from...

February 11, 2016

Suicide among EMS providers is thought to be increasing.

EMS providers who work in a high-stress environment and who are routinely exposed to critical incident stress are often left to deal with this stress on their own, either because of a lack of effective employer-based programs or a culture that discourages disclosure and treatment.

by EMS World
Suicide among EMS providers is thought to be increasing. EMS providers who work in a high-stress environment and who are routinely exposed to critical incident stress are often left to deal with this stress on their own, either because of a lack of effective employer-based programs or a culture that discourages disclosure and treatment. When left unaddressed, this stress can lead to PTSD, wh...

February 10, 2016

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation released a fire service research agenda to help reduce or eliminate firefighter line-of-duty injuries and fatalities.

The National Research Agenda provides findings from more than 100 representatives of the fire service and research community that gathered for the 2015 National Fire Service Agency Symposium.

by National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
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The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation released a fire service research agenda to help reduce or eliminate firefighter line-of-duty injuries and fatalities. The National Research Agenda provides findings from more than 100 representatives of the fire service and research community that gathered for the 2015 National Fire Service Agency Symposium. The agenda identifies 54 recommendations...

February 9, 2016

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Emergency Operations Center has been moved to Level 1, the agency's highest level, due to the risk of Zika virus transmission in the U.S., officials said today.

by ABC News
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Emergency Operations Center has been moved to Level 1, the agency's highest level, due to the risk of Zika virus transmission in the U.S., officials said today. The Level 1 activation is "reflecting the agency’s assessment of the need for an accelerated preparedness to bring together experts to focus intently and work efficiently in anticipa...

February 8, 2016

The goal of the Base Ensemble Project is to develop an improved duty uniform designed to provide first responders with better protection from the many hazards they encounter in their daily duties. In partnership with the project performers and the United Kingdom’s Home Office, S&T is testing different prototypes and garment materials to produce a final product.

by FirstResponder.gov
The goal of the Base Ensemble Project is to develop an improved duty uniform designed to provide first responders with better protection from the many hazards they encounter in their daily duties. In partnership with the project performers and the United Kingdom’s Home Office, S...

February 4, 2016

XSTAT 30, a hemostatic device for the treatment of severe bleeding in the axilla or groin area, was cleared for use in both battlefield and civilian trauma settings by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The clearance expands the device’s indication from use by the military only to use in adults and adolescents in the general population.

by EMS1.com
xstat 30
XSTAT 30, a hemostatic device for the treatment of severe bleeding in the axilla or groin area, was cleared for use in both battlefield and civilian trauma settings by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The clearance expands the device’s indication from use by the military only to use in adults and adolescents in the general population. XSTAT 30 by RevMedx works by injecting a group of s...

February 3, 2016

As the use of drones increasingly worries everyone from firefighters and air traffic control to law enforcement, Netherlands’ national police have aligned themselves with a group that hates flying robots on principle: the bald eagle.

Dutch police have joined forces with Guard From Above, a raptor-training security firm based in the Hague, to keep wayward drones from causing trouble by snatching them out of the sky.

by The Guardian
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As the use of drones increasingly worries everyone from firefighters and air traffic control to law enforcement, Netherlands’ national police have aligned themselves with a group that hates flying robots on principle: the bald eagle. Dutch police have joined forces with Guard From Above, a raptor-training security firm based in the Hague, to keep wayward drones from causing trouble by snatching...

February 2, 2016

Research out of Drexel University’s Dornsife School of Public Health determined that emergency medical technicians and paramedics are 14 times more likely to be violently injured on the job than the firefighters they work alongside.

by American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Research out of Drexel University’s Dornsife School of Public Health determined that emergency medical technicians and paramedics are 14 times more likely to be violently injured on the job than the firefighters they work alongside. By comparing statistics gathered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency-funded Firefighter Injury Research and Safety Trends (FIRST) project and speaking with a...

February 1, 2016

What this is for: Developing plans for personnel, including ground and air medical transport providers, managers of EMS agencies, EMS medical directors, local and state EMS systems, local and state health departments, healthcare facilities, and others involved in the interfacility (including intrastate or interstate), transport of persons under investigation (PUIs) or patients with confirmed Ebola virus disease (Ebola).

by CDC
What this is for: Developing plans for personnel, including ground and air medical transport providers, managers of EMS agencies, EMS medical directors, local and state EMS systems, local and state health departments, healthcare facilities, and others involved in the interfacility (including intrastate or interstate), transport of persons under investigation (PUIs) or patients with confirmed Ebola...

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