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One of the elements of a firefighter’s protective ensemble that often gets neglected is eye and face protection. Most often firefighters rely on their self-contained breathing apparatus facemask, but SCBA are not worn for every type of emergency response.
Bill Gates is a smart guy who knows something about global health. So when he gives a grave warning about a potential catastrophe, it's a good idea to listen. Yesterday, at the Munich Security Conference in Germany, the man who tops the Forbes richest person in the world list and is co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation said:
Lethbridge Fire & Emergency Services plunged into the icy water of Henderson Lake on Wednesday, all in the name of safety. The firefighter/paramedics were training in ice rescue techniques. After a lecture series where they learned about the different types of ice, how to use the rescue equipment and physiological responses of those who fall into the water, they got to practice the techniques firsthand.
In a first in western Canada, an infrared-equipped drone was used to rescue four people stranded in darkness, in waist-deep snow, on a recreational skiing mountain in British Columbia. It happened overnight Monday-Tuesday, with a DJI Matrice equipped with a FLIR Vue Pro camera operated by two men from a Kamloops company called Hummingbird Drones.
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Mysterious radioactive spikes are being found across Europe – and nobody quite knows why.
Iodine-131, a man-made radioactive material, is being found in small amounts across the continent. It was found in northern Norway early in January, according to officials, but has been gradually moving across the rest of Europe ever since.
A spider-like robot built by researchers from the University of Lausanne (UNIL) and École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland has demonstrated a faster walking gait than that used by six-legged insects in the wild.
The research could lead to faster and more mobile insect-inspired robots, which can be used in search and rescue missions.
Engineers working on a way to keep police safe may have found the solution in an unusual place.
Taking inspiration from the Japanese art of paper folding, a team of researchers have developed a lightweight shield that can stop bullets in their tracks.
The findings from two new studies have just been released describing the efficacy of a malaria vaccine, provided by the biotech company Sanaria. In the small, controlled clinical trials, the vaccine proved to be extremely efficacious and sustained effectiveness over a number of weeks. The new vaccine—called Sanaria® PfSPZ-CVac—is composed of live, attenuated, and purified malaria sporozoites and the antimalarial drug chloroquine.
DHAKA, Feb 14 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - An inexpensive, solar-powered ambulance that can fit down narrow laneways is set to hit the road in rural Bangladesh this year, its manufacturers say.
The three-wheeled van, as well-equipped as ambulances used in Bangladesh's cities, runs entirely on solar power – including solar battery power at night – and can be used in rural areas with no grid electricity, according to the developers.