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March 11, 2016

On a sweltering Monday in late June 2015, the city council in Charlotte, North Carolina, met to discuss, among other items in a seven-hour marathon, how to carry out a controversial new approach to predicting police misconduct. Opinions were divided, and the discussion was tense. One council member was afraid of “upsetting the troops.” A second called the use of data about individual police officers an invasion of privacy.

by FiveThirtyEight
On a sweltering Monday in late June 2015, the city council in Charlotte, North Carolina, met to discuss, among other items in a seven-hour marathon, how to carry out a controversial new approach to predicting police misconduct. Opinions were divided, and the discussion was tense. One council member was afraid of “upsetting the troops.” A second called the use of data about individual police office...

March 10, 2016

The Edgewood Chemical Biological Center’s (ECBC) newly developed biological self-test kit can quickly tell soldiers on the ground whether they’ve been exposed to a biological threat agent, and automatically send it in to the warfighter and his commander.

by Global Biodefense
The Edgewood Chemical Biological Center’s (ECBC) newly developed biological self-test kit can quickly tell soldiers on the ground whether they’ve been exposed to a biological threat agent, and automatically send it in to the warfighter and his commander. Known as SmartCAR, the device uses a colorimetric assay to identify the presence of a pathogen of concern such as ricin, anthrax or plague. Th...

March 10, 2016

Battelle has developed a system that can notify police and security forces within moments of the first shots fired during an active shooter situation.

by National Defense NDIA
Battelle has developed a system that can notify police and security forces within moments of the first shots fired during an active shooter situation. Analysis conducted by the company showed that delays in notifying law enforcement and human errors during such incidents “are really the things that allow shootings to go on too long and have too high of a human toll,” said Ed Jopeck, business ma...

March 9, 2016

A natural gas leak may have caused a massive explosion early Wednesday in Seattle's Greenwood neighborhood -- obliterating at least one building, damaging many others and sending nine firefighters to the hospital.

by CNN
A natural gas leak may have caused a massive explosion early Wednesday in Seattle's Greenwood neighborhood -- obliterating at least one building, damaging many others and sending nine firefighters to the hospital. One battalion chief and eight firefighters were transported to Harborview Medical Center after the incident, said Seattle fire spokeswoman Corey Orvold. These eight men and one woman...

March 9, 2016

A resolution to allow personnel from the Pittsburg County Office of Emergency Management to carry firearms has been locked, loaded and passed.

by Emergency Management Magazine
A resolution to allow personnel from the Pittsburg County Office of Emergency Management to carry firearms has been locked, loaded and passed. During their regular Monday meeting at the Pittsburg County Courthouse, county commissioners voted to approve an amendment to the county's Personnel Policy Handbook regarding firearms and an acknowledgment/waiver form. They also approved a resolution all...

February 26, 2016

The following standards were submitted for adoption by the Standards Coordination SubGroup. After an Executive Committee vote, the standards were officially adopted by the IAB.

by IAB Program Office
The following standards were submitted for adoption by the Standards Coordination SubGroup. After an Executive Committee vote, the standards were officially adopted by the IAB. • ANSI/ASSE Z88.2-2015, Practices for Respiratory Protection • ASTM E2677-2014, Standard Test Method for Determining Limits of Detection in Explosive Trace Detectors • NTOA SWAT Standard • NFPA 1855, Standard on Selec...

February 26, 2016

As casualties from mass shootings continue increasing at an alarming rate, security and law enforcement personnel face a blunt, unavoidable question—are we doing everything we should to save lives in an active shooting or terrorist attack that use firearms?

by Homeland Security Today
As casualties from mass shootings continue increasing at an alarming rate, security and law enforcement personnel face a blunt, unavoidable question—are we doing everything we should to save lives in an active shooting or terrorist attack that use firearms? Since the Columbine attacks in April 1999, lessons learned from major active shooter incidents have spurred changes in response tactics....

February 25, 2016

In many ways, security is considered the little sibling to law enforcement. Security officers generally do not have the legal authority of their law enforcement counterparts and are often trained at a lower standard.

by American Military University
In many ways, security is considered the little sibling to law enforcement. Security officers generally do not have the legal authority of their law enforcement counterparts and are often trained at a lower standard. However, this mindset is changing. Private security is evolving with respect to training and the scope of responsibilities. Although their jobs are certainly different, security of...

February 24, 2016

A community-based traffic and navigation app may reduce response times to emergency situations.

Waze, a free crowd-sourcing app bought by Google, is now being used by emergency dispatchers. Genesis PULSE, a tool for EMS to reduce response time, was integrated into the product as users, called "Wazers," report traffic collisions via the app.

by FireRescue1
Waze
A community-based traffic and navigation app may reduce response times to emergency situations. Waze, a free crowd-sourcing app bought by Google, is now being used by emergency dispatchers. Genesis PULSE, a tool for EMS to reduce response time, was integrated into the product as users, called "Wazers," report traffic collisions via the app. The app works like this: a motorist enters their de...

February 23, 2016

With sequestration, government shutdowns and the FEMA calendar being thrown at us over the past few years, let's take a few minutes and get a grasp of just where we stand with funding for the Assistance to Firefighters Grant and Staffing for Adequate Emergency Response Grant.

by Fire Chief
budget
With sequestration, government shutdowns and the FEMA calendar being thrown at us over the past few years, let's take a few minutes and get a grasp of just where we stand with funding for the Assistance to Firefighters Grant and Staffing for Adequate Emergency Response Grant. As a reminder, the federal government's fiscal year runs from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30. In recent years, the government, while...

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