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March 18, 2016

Worker safety can be compromised by using replacement component parts or accessories that are not NIOSH-approved for the specific respirator. Although NIOSH-approved respirators are comprised of various component parts, they are approved as a complete unit. The use of components which are not part of the approved assembly results in a respirator that has not been evaluated and certified by NIOSH.

by NIOSH NPPTL
NIOSH fact sheet
Worker safety can be compromised by using replacement component parts or accessories that are not NIOSH-approved for the specific respirator. Although NIOSH-approved respirators are comprised of various component parts, they are approved as a complete unit. The use of components which are not part of the approved assembly results in a respirator that has not been evaluated and certified by NIOSH....

March 17, 2016

Miami-Dade (FL) Fire Rescue recently released a video detailing the department's methods for cleaning self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) and its components.
Especially in light of the continuing cancer issues in the fire service, the video is intended to help raise awareness of techniques to clean SCBA. As always, consult your department with regard to local guidelines and procedures.

by Fire Engineering
Miami-Dade (FL) Fire Rescue recently released a video detailing the department's methods for cleaning self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) and its components. Especially in light of the continuing cancer issues in the fire service, the video is intended to help raise awareness of techniques to clean SCBA. As always, consult your department with regard to local guidelines and procedures. V...

March 17, 2016

This publication attempts to answer important questions regarding firearm assaults against law enforcement officers.

by COPS Office
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This publication attempts to answer important questions regarding firearm assaults against law enforcement officers. Initially prepared as a framework for discussion in the 2014 Officer Safety and Wellness (OSW) Group roundtable dedicated to identifying best practices for reducing firearm assaults and ambushes, this publication reviews the group's findings on law enforcement policies, procedures,...

March 16, 2016

The Authorized Equipment List has been updated to include Controlled Equipment information under applicable categories as follows:

by FEMA
The Authorized Equipment List has been updated to include Controlled Equipment information under applicable categories as follows: Manned Aircraft, Fixed Wing: AEL # 18AC-00-ACFT Manned Aircraft, Rotary Wing: AEL # 18AC-00-ACFT Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: AEL # 03OE-07-SUAS Armored Vehicles: AEL # 12VE-00-SPEC, 12VE-00-MISS Tactical Vehicles: AEL # 12VE-00-SPEC, 12VE-00-MISS Command and Co...

March 16, 2016

The U.S. Army Medical Materiel Agency (USAMMA), a subordinate command within the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC), is fielding a new junctional tourniquet designed to save warfighters from dying on the battlefield after injuries to the groin or armpit area.

by US Army Medical Materiel Agency Public Affairs
junctional tourniquet
The U.S. Army Medical Materiel Agency (USAMMA), a subordinate command within the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC), is fielding a new junctional tourniquet designed to save warfighters from dying on the battlefield after injuries to the groin or armpit area. The SAM™ junctional tourniquet, which weighs about one pound, straps on like a belt and includes two inflatable a...

March 15, 2016

The FY2016 Small Agency Body Worn Camera (BWC) Policy Implementation Program will support the implementation including the purchase, deployment, maintenance, data storage, and policy development of a body-worn camera program, and the necessary policies for law enforcement agencies.

by Grants.gov
The FY2016 Small Agency Body Worn Camera (BWC) Policy Implementation Program will support the implementation including the purchase, deployment, maintenance, data storage, and policy development of a body-worn camera program, and the necessary policies for law enforcement agencies. The program will play a critical role in the creation, implementation, and evaluation of problem solving approaches t...

March 15, 2016

During a mass shooting – paramedics normally wait outside while the suspect is still at large. Traditionally, it’s only members of law enforcement who enter the so-called “hot zone” in these scenarios, and firefighters and paramedics wait until the area is secured.

by Firefighting News
During a mass shooting – paramedics normally wait outside while the suspect is still at large. Traditionally, it’s only members of law enforcement who enter the so-called “hot zone” in these scenarios, and firefighters and paramedics wait until the area is secured. However, that is precious time that an injured and bleeding victim waits for help. “We can’t wait hours while people are in the cor...

March 17, 2016

The InterAgency Board (IAB) recently published a new paper titled Training Trigger: Administration of Naloxone (Narcan), which may be of interest to you and your organization. This paper discusses the IAB’s support for the consideration of all states and local jurisdictions to make naloxone available for use by law enforcement.

by InterAgency Board
The InterAgency Board (IAB) recently published a new paper titled Training Trigger: Administration of Naloxone (Narcan), which may be of interest to you and your organization. This paper discusses the IAB’s support for the consideration of all states and local jurisdictions to make naloxone available for use by law enforcement. To view the paper, please visit http://www.interagencyboard.org/si...

March 14, 2016

The military is beginning to check whether chemicals from its firefighting foam may have contaminated groundwater at hundreds of sites nationwide, according to the Defense Department.

The Navy began sampling water at bases in December.

by FireRescue1
The military is beginning to check whether chemicals from its firefighting foam may have contaminated groundwater at hundreds of sites nationwide, according to the Defense Department. The Navy began sampling water at bases in December. At a naval landing field in Virginia, the U.S. Navy is now giving its personnel bottled water and testing wells in the nearby rural area after the discovery o...

March 11, 2016

Conventional lines of communication can be impacted after a disaster. This we know. Phone lines can go down, cell service can be overrun with calls, texts, and emails and it can be difficult for survivors as well as first responders to get in touch. This isn’t a far-fetched scenario or intellectual exercise. It’s a reality we’ve seen happen over and over during disasters small and large.

by FEMA
Conventional lines of communication can be impacted after a disaster. This we know. Phone lines can go down, cell service can be overrun with calls, texts, and emails and it can be difficult for survivors as well as first responders to get in touch. This isn’t a far-fetched scenario or intellectual exercise. It’s a reality we’ve seen happen over and over during disasters small and large. Enter...

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