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December 2, 2015

Lawmakers in both chambers are racing against the clock to extend health and compensation benefits for the responders and victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

by The Hill
Lawmakers in both chambers are racing against the clock to extend health and compensation benefits for the responders and victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Parts of the James Zadroga Act expired last month — and funds for the health benefits program will begin drying up early next year — but the effort to renew the law has been hampered by ongoing disagreements over spending levels, the wi...

December 2, 2015

Patients with mental illness are being detained in emergency rooms, often for weeks at a time. Now some states are rethinking the entire psychiatric care system.A couple of years ago, in Pierce County, Wash., 10 mental patients spent extended periods in hospital emergency rooms after suffering psychotic episodes.

by Governing
boarding
Patients with mental illness are being detained in emergency rooms, often for weeks at a time. Now some states are rethinking the entire psychiatric care system.A couple of years ago, in Pierce County, Wash., 10 mental patients spent extended periods in hospital emergency rooms after suffering psychotic episodes. This was against the rules: Washington state law requires that such patients see a p...

December 1, 2015

Radiological incidents such as Chernobyl and Fukushima illustrate the need for firefighters to have a decontaminating foam to spray in coordination of federal, state, and local agencies in response efforts.

by Homeland Security Today
Radiological incidents such as Chernobyl and Fukushima illustrate the need for firefighters to have a decontaminating foam to spray in coordination of federal, state, and local agencies in response efforts. To that end and s part of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate’s (S...

December 1, 2015

One hundred and forty minutes. That’s the amount of time between when gunmen at the Bataclan theater began rounding up survivor-hostages after their initial killing spree, and when police began their successful assault on the theater. All told, it was over 160 minutes from the first shots to when the first responders were able to reach those inside the venue: more than two and a half hours.

by The Atlantic
Fighting Terrorism with Tourniquets photo
One hundred and forty minutes. That’s the amount of time between when gunmen at the Bataclan theater began rounding up survivor-hostages after their initial killing spree, and when police began their successful assault on the theater. All told, it was over 160 minutes from the first shots to when the first responders were able to reach those inside the venue: more than two and a half hours. ISI...

November 30, 2015

The U.S. Fire Administration releases the Firefighter Fatalities in the United States in 2014 report. This report analyzes the circumstances surrounding 91 on-duty fatalities in 2014 to identify approaches that could reduce the number of firefighter deaths in future years.

To view the report, please visit: https://www.usfa.fema.gov/.

by US Fire Administration
FF Fatalities 2014 report
The U.S. Fire Administration releases the Firefighter Fatalities in the United States in 2014 report. This report analyzes the circumstances surrounding 91 on-duty fatalities in 2014 to identify approaches that could reduce the number of firefighter deaths in future years. To view the report, please visit: https://www.usfa.fema.gov/.

November 30, 2015

The world is no better prepared for the next global health emergency than it was when the current Ebola epidemic began nearly two years ago, a panel of health experts warns.

by Nature
Ebola
The world is no better prepared for the next global health emergency than it was when the current Ebola epidemic began nearly two years ago, a panel of health experts warns. The problems that hampered the response to the Ebola outbreak, which has killed more than 11,000 people, have not been solved, the group warns in a paper published on 22 November in The Lancet1. The panel, convened by Harva...

November 25, 2015

The White House is pushing to make tourniquets as commonplace as heart defibrillators in U.S. schools, stadiums, airports, malls and other public places, to reduce fatalities from mass shootings and terror bombings.

by The Wall Street Journal
The White House is pushing to make tourniquets as commonplace as heart defibrillators in U.S. schools, stadiums, airports, malls and other public places, to reduce fatalities from mass shootings and terror bombings. Applying lessons learned on the battlefields of Afghanistan and Iraq, the Obama administration wants ordinary citizens armed with both the will and ability to grab a tourniquet and...

November 25, 2015

As the fire service is asked to respond to a larger variety of incidents, and the world changes and new threats arise, there has been a blurring of the once sharp line between fire service and law enforcement, writes Ken Willette, the division manager for public fire at NFPA.

by NFPA Journal
Patches
As the fire service is asked to respond to a larger variety of incidents, and the world changes and new threats arise, there has been a blurring of the once sharp line between fire service and law enforcement, writes Ken Willette, the division manager for public fire at NFPA. Willette’s new column, “The Thin Purple Line,” in the new November/December issue of NFPA Journal discusses why this is hap...

November 24, 2015

The Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Registration Task Force (RTF) Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) releases the Task Force Recommendations Final Report to provide recommendations to the FAA “on registration requirements and process for small UAS, including those used for commercial purposes, and all model aircraft.”

by FAA
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The Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Registration Task Force (RTF) Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) releases the Task Force Recommendations Final Report to provide recommendations to the FAA “on registration requirements and process for small UAS, including those used for commercial purposes, and all model aircraft.” The report can be found in the Resource Library of the IAB website: http://w...

November 24, 2015

BAGHDAD (AP) -- The Islamic State group is aggressively pursuing development of chemical weapons, setting up a branch dedicated to research and experiments with the help of scientists from Iraq, Syria and elsewhere in the region, according to Iraqi and U.S. intelligence officials.

by The World Post
BAGHDAD (AP) -- The Islamic State group is aggressively pursuing development of chemical weapons, setting up a branch dedicated to research and experiments with the help of scientists from Iraq, Syria and elsewhere in the region, according to Iraqi and U.S. intelligence officials. Their quest raises an alarming scenario for the West, given the determination to strike major cities that the group...

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