Newsletters

October 18, 2016

Before Ahmad Khan Rahami planted bombs in New York and New Jersey, he bought bomb-making materials on eBay, linked to jihad-related videos from his public social-media account and was looked into by law enforcement agents, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. If only the authorities had connected the dots.

by Bloomberg
Aleppo
Before Ahmad Khan Rahami planted bombs in New York and New Jersey, he bought bomb-making materials on eBay, linked to jihad-related videos from his public social-media account and was looked into by law enforcement agents, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. If only the authorities had connected the dots. That challenge -- mining billions of bits of information and crunching the d...

October 18, 2016

At a recent Public Safety Committee meeting of the Board of Aldermen, University of Missouri-St. Louis criminologist Rick Rosenfeld suggested members of the St. Louis Fire Department may be needed to help fight crime in the city. Rosenfeld suggested that in the “down time between fires,” firefighters and medics should walk patrols in high-density areas, ensure buildings were secured, and make random checks on unoccupied vehicles.

by St. Louis Post-Dispatch
St. Louis firefighters
At a recent Public Safety Committee meeting of the Board of Aldermen, University of Missouri-St. Louis criminologist Rick Rosenfeld suggested members of the St. Louis Fire Department may be needed to help fight crime in the city. Rosenfeld suggested that in the “down time between fires,” firefighters and medics should walk patrols in high-density areas, ensure buildings were secured, and make rand...

October 17, 2016

Makers of the Combat Application Tourniquet™ have updated the design of the widely used tourniquet.

The update has resulted in two different versions of the tourniquet currently in use in the field, though both have the same national stock number (NSN 6515-01-521-7976). Deployed Soldiers may soon receive the updated version and wonder how to use it.

by U.S. Army
tourniquet
Makers of the Combat Application Tourniquet™ have updated the design of the widely used tourniquet. The update has resulted in two different versions of the tourniquet currently in use in the field, though both have the same national stock number (NSN 6515-01-521-7976). Deployed Soldiers may soon receive the updated version and wonder how to use it. "When you need to actually use a tournique...

October 17, 2016

Many would miss this on a trivia quiz, but the skin is the human body's largest organ. And the importance for firefighters to protect their skin also goes largely unrecognized.

With a huge surface area and critical biological functions, the skin is key to providing a barrier to toxins and regulating temperature.

by FireRescue1
Many would miss this on a trivia quiz, but the skin is the human body's largest organ. And the importance for firefighters to protect their skin also goes largely unrecognized. With a huge surface area and critical biological functions, the skin is key to providing a barrier to toxins and regulating temperature. For the latter, the skin changes dramatically to provide thermoregulation and en...

October 14, 2016

A new strategy launched today takes powerful steps to protect and support the mental health of NSW’s front line first responders.

The Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy for First Responder Organisations in NSW was launched today by the Premier, The Hon. Mike Baird. It comprises six objectives to guide agencies in their efforts to protect and promote the mental well-being of their members.

by EMS World
cover
A new strategy launched today takes powerful steps to protect and support the mental health of NSW’s front line first responders. The Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy for First Responder Organisations in NSW was launched today by the Premier, The Hon. Mike Baird. It comprises six objectives to guide agencies in their efforts to protect and promote the mental well-being of their members....

October 13, 2016

Two Boston police officers were “extremely critical” after a man wearing body armor and armed with an assault rifle shot them multiple times, police said Thursday.

by Fox News
Two Boston police officers were “extremely critical” after a man wearing body armor and armed with an assault rifle shot them multiple times, police said Thursday. Police Commissioner William Evans said the suspect, identified as 33-year-old Kirk Figueroa, fired at the officers late Wednesday night after they arrived at an East Boston home. Several other officers who were stationed outside ran...

October 13, 2016

Overdosing on heroin or another opiate? Soon, there could be an app for that.

The federal government is hosting a competition -- a call for innovators who can develop a mobile phone application that will help a person having or witnessing an opioid or heroin overdose get the quickest access to the drug naloxone, known by the brand name Narcan, which can reverse the overdose.

by Officer.com
narcan
Overdosing on heroin or another opiate? Soon, there could be an app for that. The federal government is hosting a competition -- a call for innovators who can develop a mobile phone application that will help a person having or witnessing an opioid or heroin overdose get the quickest access to the drug naloxone, known by the brand name Narcan, which can reverse the overdose. The competition...

October 12, 2016

On September 21 the Senate Finance Committee approved legislation exempting nominal benefits that volunteer emergency responders receive as a reward for their service from being subject to federal income tax, withholding, and reporting.

by NVFC
US Capitol
On September 21 the Senate Finance Committee approved legislation exempting nominal benefits that volunteer emergency responders receive as a reward for their service from being subject to federal income tax, withholding, and reporting. Language from the Volunteer Responder Incentive Protection Act (VRIPA), which excludes property tax benefits and up to $600 of other types of benefits for the 2017...

October 12, 2016

After a 45-year partnership with the U.S. Army, the FBI yesterday formally accepted primary responsibility for the Hazardous Devices School at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama, the facility that trains and certifies every one of the nation’s public safety bomb technicians.

by DomesticPreparedness.com
After a 45-year partnership with the U.S. Army, the FBI yesterday formally accepted primary responsibility for the Hazardous Devices School at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama, the facility that trains and certifies every one of the nation’s public safety bomb technicians. The transition of responsibility ceremony, which occurred less than a week after homemade bombs exploded in New York...

October 11, 2016

Law enforcement vehicles often serve as mobile offices for officers. In-vehicle laptop(s) or other computer systems are used to access a wide range of software applications and databases hosted and operated by federal, state, and local agencies, with each typically requiring a different username and password.

by NIST NCCoE
LE vehicle system
Law enforcement vehicles often serve as mobile offices for officers. In-vehicle laptop(s) or other computer systems are used to access a wide range of software applications and databases hosted and operated by federal, state, and local agencies, with each typically requiring a different username and password. The operational environment presents unique security challenges, as officers must frequen...

Pages