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February 22, 2016

A shooter who killed six people and injured two others in Kalamazoo on Saturday was an Uber driver who appears to have gunned down people at random during a four-hour rampage, authorities said.

Police are investigating reports that the suspect gave a harrowing ride to one passenger just an hour and half before the shooting began and that he may have continued picking up fares during the shooting spree.

by Officer.com
A shooter who killed six people and injured two others in Kalamazoo on Saturday was an Uber driver who appears to have gunned down people at random during a four-hour rampage, authorities said. Police are investigating reports that the suspect gave a harrowing ride to one passenger just an hour and half before the shooting began and that he may have continued picking up fares during the shootin...

February 19, 2016

When fired Los Angeles police officer Christopher Dorner went on his killing spree it drew the largest law enforcement response in San Bernardino County history — until the Dec. 2 terrorist attack at the Inland Regional Center. What they learned that week in February 2013 helped shape how emergency responders reacted at the IRC.

by The Sun
the sun
When fired Los Angeles police officer Christopher Dorner went on his killing spree it drew the largest law enforcement response in San Bernardino County history — until the Dec. 2 terrorist attack at the Inland Regional Center. What they learned that week in February 2013 helped shape how emergency responders reacted at the IRC. Law enforcement agencies from across Southern California, led by t...

February 18, 2016

It may be necessary to use controversial methods like genetically modified mosquitoes to wipe out the insects that are now spreading Zika across the Americas, the World Health Organization said Tuesday.

by CBS News
It may be necessary to use controversial methods like genetically modified mosquitoes to wipe out the insects that are now spreading Zika across the Americas, the World Health Organization said Tuesday. The virus has been linked to a spike in babies born with abnormally small heads, or microcephaly, in Brazil and French Polynesia. WHO has declared Zika a global emergency even though there is no...

February 17, 2016

"On April 17, 2013, a fire and explosion occurred at the West Fertilizer Company (WFC), a fertilizer blending, retail, and distribution facility in West, Texas. The violent detonation fatally injured 12 emergency responders and three members of the public. Local hospitals treated more than 260 injured victims, many of whom required hospital admission.

by U.S. Chemical Safety Board
West TX explosion
"On April 17, 2013, a fire and explosion occurred at the West Fertilizer Company (WFC), a fertilizer blending, retail, and distribution facility in West, Texas. The violent detonation fatally injured 12 emergency responders and three members of the public. Local hospitals treated more than 260 injured victims, many of whom required hospital admission. The blast completely destroyed the WFC facilit...

February 16, 2016

In the wake of the mass shootings in places like Aurora, Colo., and San Bernadino, Calif., a growing number of businesses are hiring security experts to train employees on how to respond to a workplace attack.

Such shootings often occur in businesses. A 2014 FBI study outlined 160 active shooter incidents across the country between 2000 and 2013, and 46 percent of them occurred at a business.

by Emergency Management Magazine
active shooter training
In the wake of the mass shootings in places like Aurora, Colo., and San Bernadino, Calif., a growing number of businesses are hiring security experts to train employees on how to respond to a workplace attack. Such shootings often occur in businesses. A 2014 FBI study outlined 160 active shooter incidents across the country between 2000 and 2013, and 46 percent of them occurred at a business....

February 15, 2016

ABSTRACT: Emergency responders intervene before and during disasters to save lives and property. The uncertainty and infrequency of disasters make it hard for responders to validate that their response strategies will be effective, however. As a result, emergency response organizations use processes for identifying and disseminating lessons in hopes that they and others will be able to learn from past experience and improve future responses.

by Amy Donahue and Robert Tuohy
ABSTRACT: Emergency responders intervene before and during disasters to save lives and property. The uncertainty and infrequency of disasters make it hard for responders to validate that their response strategies will be effective, however. As a result, emergency response organizations use processes for identifying and disseminating lessons in hopes that they and others will be able to learn from...

February 11, 2016

Suicide among EMS providers is thought to be increasing.

EMS providers who work in a high-stress environment and who are routinely exposed to critical incident stress are often left to deal with this stress on their own, either because of a lack of effective employer-based programs or a culture that discourages disclosure and treatment.

by EMS World
Suicide among EMS providers is thought to be increasing. EMS providers who work in a high-stress environment and who are routinely exposed to critical incident stress are often left to deal with this stress on their own, either because of a lack of effective employer-based programs or a culture that discourages disclosure and treatment. When left unaddressed, this stress can lead to PTSD, wh...

February 10, 2016

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation released a fire service research agenda to help reduce or eliminate firefighter line-of-duty injuries and fatalities.

The National Research Agenda provides findings from more than 100 representatives of the fire service and research community that gathered for the 2015 National Fire Service Agency Symposium.

by National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
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The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation released a fire service research agenda to help reduce or eliminate firefighter line-of-duty injuries and fatalities. The National Research Agenda provides findings from more than 100 representatives of the fire service and research community that gathered for the 2015 National Fire Service Agency Symposium. The agenda identifies 54 recommendations...

February 9, 2016

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Emergency Operations Center has been moved to Level 1, the agency's highest level, due to the risk of Zika virus transmission in the U.S., officials said today.

by ABC News
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Emergency Operations Center has been moved to Level 1, the agency's highest level, due to the risk of Zika virus transmission in the U.S., officials said today. The Level 1 activation is "reflecting the agency’s assessment of the need for an accelerated preparedness to bring together experts to focus intently and work efficiently in anticipa...

February 8, 2016

The goal of the Base Ensemble Project is to develop an improved duty uniform designed to provide first responders with better protection from the many hazards they encounter in their daily duties. In partnership with the project performers and the United Kingdom’s Home Office, S&T is testing different prototypes and garment materials to produce a final product.

by FirstResponder.gov
The goal of the Base Ensemble Project is to develop an improved duty uniform designed to provide first responders with better protection from the many hazards they encounter in their daily duties. In partnership with the project performers and the United Kingdom’s Home Office, S...

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