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January 25, 2018

InterAgency Board (IAB) for Emergency Preparedness and Response is partnering with The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Homeland Defense and Security Standardization Collaborative (HDSCC) to host a meeting on responder standards development priorities on March 27, 2018, in Washington, DC.

by IAB
InterAgency Board (IAB) for Emergency Preparedness and Response is partnering with The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Homeland Defense and Security Standardization Collaborative (HDSCC) to host a meeting on responder standards development priorities on March 27, 2018, in Washington, DC. The meeting will highlight expert discussions and feedback from federal agencies, standards develo...

June 6, 2017

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.

by Police Chief Magazine
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. Many federal agencies have the resources to help state and local emergency responders, but, unfortunately, they do not know the specific needs of these respo...

February 13, 2017

In December 2016, the Department of Homeland Security published a new guide to assist in the protection of first responders in the event of improvised nuclear device (IND) explosion. The intent of the guide is to help ensure the immediate health and safety of first responders for the first 24-72 hours following a blast.

by EDM Digest
In December 2016, the Department of Homeland Security published a new guide to assist in the protection of first responders in the event of improvised nuclear device (IND) explosion. The intent of the guide is to help ensure the immediate health and safety of first responders for the first 24-72 hours following a blast. The full planning guide offers assistance to response planners, safety offi...

January 10, 2017

An eye surgeon and former Navy SEAL who helped transform battlefield medicine is on the front line of a national push to save the lives of civilians targeted in mass shootings and terror attacks.

by USA Today
Dr. Frank Butler
An eye surgeon and former Navy SEAL who helped transform battlefield medicine is on the front line of a national push to save the lives of civilians targeted in mass shootings and terror attacks. Frank Butler, 67, of Pensacola was the command surgeon for U.S. special operations when American forces entered Afghanistan after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Because of his work, all American soldiers...

January 10, 2017

The grant application period for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Program to Prepare Communities for Complex Coordinated Terrorist Attacks (CCTA Program) is currently open and will remain open until Friday, February 10.

by FEMA
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The grant application period for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Program to Prepare Communities for Complex Coordinated Terrorist Attacks (CCTA Program) is currently open and will remain open until Friday, February 10. The CCTA program provides $35.94 million to state, local, tribal, and territorial jurisdictions to improve their ability to prepare for, prevent, and respond to complex coordinated ter...

January 9, 2017

On December 19, Anis Amri plowed a hijacked truck through the Christmas market in one of Berlin’s main public squares, killing 12 people. The following day, the Amaq News Agency of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) released a statement claiming responsibility for the attack.

by War on the Rocks
Berlin attack 2016
On December 19, Anis Amri plowed a hijacked truck through the Christmas market in one of Berlin’s main public squares, killing 12 people. The following day, the Amaq News Agency of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) released a statement claiming responsibility for the attack. Although some characteristically skeptical commentators suggested that ISIL could just be taking credit for an...

January 9, 2017

Ohio is now the 35th state in the nation to have cancer presumption legislation for the state's firefighters.

Gov. John Kasich signed the bill into law today (Wednesday) just after noon.

There are limitations to the law, but for those diagnosed with specific cancer linked to their hazardous duty, they can now receive worker's compensation benefits and medical treatment paid.

by WKYC
Bill signed in Columbus, OH
Ohio is now the 35th state in the nation to have cancer presumption legislation for the state's firefighters. Gov. John Kasich signed the bill into law today (Wednesday) just after noon. There are limitations to the law, but for those diagnosed with specific cancer linked to their hazardous duty, they can now receive worker's compensation benefits and medical treatment paid. Following th...

January 6, 2017

When someone is experiencing a mental health crisis, the people nearby often call 911, but those dispatched to the scene are often law enforcement officers and not mental health professionals, and that poses a conundrum for authorities, said Austin police Lt. Brian Jones.

by Police One
Crisis Intervention Training class
When someone is experiencing a mental health crisis, the people nearby often call 911, but those dispatched to the scene are often law enforcement officers and not mental health professionals, and that poses a conundrum for authorities, said Austin police Lt. Brian Jones. Officers responding to these calls must be prepared for anything, even death. At least two deadly police shootings this year...

January 5, 2017

Many Seacoast-area fire departments now rely heavily on mutual aid from neighboring towns to meet call demand, a circumstance some attribute to understaffed departments.

The National Fire Protection Association has reported that fire departments across the nation lack adequate staffing, and many Seacoast-area fire departments are no different.

by Firefighting News
mutual aid at fire
Many Seacoast-area fire departments now rely heavily on mutual aid from neighboring towns to meet call demand, a circumstance some attribute to understaffed departments. The National Fire Protection Association has reported that fire departments across the nation lack adequate staffing, and many Seacoast-area fire departments are no different. David Lang, president of the Professional Firefi...

January 4, 2017

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) today released a Request for Information (RFI) for participation in the 2017 First Responder Electronic Jamming Exercise at Idaho National Laboratory in Idaho Falls, Idaho, July 17-22, 2017.

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

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