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October 26, 2016

Americans’ respect for local police jumped to its highest levels since 1967, according to a new Gallup poll Monday.

The poll, conducted earlier this month, found 76% of Americans said they have “a great deal” of respect for police in their area, up 12 percentage points from last year.

by The Wall Street Journal
Police in Charlotte
Americans’ respect for local police jumped to its highest levels since 1967, according to a new Gallup poll Monday. The poll, conducted earlier this month, found 76% of Americans said they have “a great deal” of respect for police in their area, up 12 percentage points from last year. The findings follow high-profile fatal attacks on police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge, and come amid...

October 25, 2016

In February 2015, my village of Homa Bay County in Kenya experienced a cholera outbreak, claiming the lives of 17 people and affecting nearly 700 others. It was not our first cholera outbreak but it took a devastating toll, not just in my village but in nearby communities, too. As an epidemiologist and a public health professional, I was struck at the lack of capacity to rapidly detect the outbreak and contain its spread.

by The World Bank
Ebola in Sierra Leone
In February 2015, my village of Homa Bay County in Kenya experienced a cholera outbreak, claiming the lives of 17 people and affecting nearly 700 others. It was not our first cholera outbreak but it took a devastating toll, not just in my village but in nearby communities, too. As an epidemiologist and a public health professional, I was struck at the lack of capacity to rapidly detect the outbrea...

October 24, 2016

Terrorist groups like ISIS are looking for new ways to employ drone technology that could one day deliver chemical weapons or unleash similar catastrophes, according to a new report.

by CNN
Terrorist groups like ISIS are looking for new ways to employ drone technology that could one day deliver chemical weapons or unleash similar catastrophes, according to a new report. The report from the Combating Terrorism Center (CTC) at the US Military Academy at West Point documents at least four terrorist groups, mainly based in the Middle East, have programs studying how to leverage more r...

October 24, 2016

As a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter pilot, Chris Kluckhuhn had been haunted for more than a decade by what he and other responders couldn’t do immediately after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York City.

“What if there had been a way to rescue some of the people trapped in the Twin Towers?” said the retired lieutenant commander and founder of the Plymouth emergency-services firm Avwatch.

by Wicked Local
As a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter pilot, Chris Kluckhuhn had been haunted for more than a decade by what he and other responders couldn’t do immediately after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York City. “What if there had been a way to rescue some of the people trapped in the Twin Towers?” said the retired lieutenant commander and founder of the Plymouth emergency-services firm Avwat...

October 21, 2016

The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) First Responders Group (FRG) develops technologies and knowledge products for all first responders. FRG draws most of its information about capability gaps and requirements from urban and suburban agencies, however. This makes sense, since urban and suburban first responders serve the most densely populated regions.

by DHS S&T
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The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (S...

October 21, 2016

Law enforcement and healthcare organizations – including emergency medical services (EMS), trauma centers, and other hospitals – have a common mission in active shooter attacks: saving lives. Law enforcement stops the shooter, healthcare stops the bleeding, but both must work together to ensure early access to victims and their rapid evacuation.

by Domestic Preparedness
stop the bleed
Law enforcement and healthcare organizations – including emergency medical services (EMS), trauma centers, and other hospitals – have a common mission in active shooter attacks: saving lives. Law enforcement stops the shooter, healthcare stops the bleeding, but both must work together to ensure early access to victims and their rapid evacuation. This article describes the importance of: (a) eng...

October 20, 2016

Firefighters are continuously exposed to particulates and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons that may heighten the likelihood of cancer. This is why they wear a self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) during fire suppression and overhaul—to protect the respiratory tract, which is vulnerable to toxic combustion products that are commonly found in smoke and soot.

by DHS S&T
turnout ensemble
Firefighters are continuously exposed to particulates and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons that may heighten the likelihood of cancer. This is why they wear a self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) during fire suppression and overhaul—to protect the respiratory tract, which is vulnerable to toxic combustion products that are commonly found in smoke and soot. To mitigate these risks, the Depa...

October 20, 2016

The president of America’s largest police management organization issued a formal apology to the nation’s minority population “for the actions of the past and the role that our profession has played in society’s historical mistreatment of communities of color.”

by Washington Post
IACP President
The president of America’s largest police management organization issued a formal apology to the nation’s minority population “for the actions of the past and the role that our profession has played in society’s historical mistreatment of communities of color.” Terrence M. Cunningham, the chief of police in Wellesley, Mass., delivered his remarks at the convention in San Diego of the Internatio...

October 19, 2016

Researchers concluded in an article published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene (JOEH) that fire departments can reduce stress on firefighters by signaling emergencies with "ramp-up" alert tones -- alarms that gradually rise in intensity instead of sudden, full-volume alerts.

by Occupational Safety and Health
fire truck
Researchers concluded in an article published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene (JOEH) that fire departments can reduce stress on firefighters by signaling emergencies with "ramp-up" alert tones -- alarms that gradually rise in intensity instead of sudden, full-volume alerts. In their article, "Effect of Station-specific Alerting and Ramp-up Tones on Firefighters’ Alarm T...

October 19, 2016

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) and America’s Public Television Stations (APTS) have signed an agreement that will enable them to leverage both organizations’ strengths and resources to benefit the first responder community.

by DomesticPreparedness.com
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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S...

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