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February 4, 2016

XSTAT 30, a hemostatic device for the treatment of severe bleeding in the axilla or groin area, was cleared for use in both battlefield and civilian trauma settings by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The clearance expands the device’s indication from use by the military only to use in adults and adolescents in the general population.

by EMS1.com
xstat 30
XSTAT 30, a hemostatic device for the treatment of severe bleeding in the axilla or groin area, was cleared for use in both battlefield and civilian trauma settings by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The clearance expands the device’s indication from use by the military only to use in adults and adolescents in the general population. XSTAT 30 by RevMedx works by injecting a group of s...

February 3, 2016

As the use of drones increasingly worries everyone from firefighters and air traffic control to law enforcement, Netherlands’ national police have aligned themselves with a group that hates flying robots on principle: the bald eagle.

Dutch police have joined forces with Guard From Above, a raptor-training security firm based in the Hague, to keep wayward drones from causing trouble by snatching them out of the sky.

by The Guardian
eagle
As the use of drones increasingly worries everyone from firefighters and air traffic control to law enforcement, Netherlands’ national police have aligned themselves with a group that hates flying robots on principle: the bald eagle. Dutch police have joined forces with Guard From Above, a raptor-training security firm based in the Hague, to keep wayward drones from causing trouble by snatching...

February 2, 2016

Research out of Drexel University’s Dornsife School of Public Health determined that emergency medical technicians and paramedics are 14 times more likely to be violently injured on the job than the firefighters they work alongside.

by American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Research out of Drexel University’s Dornsife School of Public Health determined that emergency medical technicians and paramedics are 14 times more likely to be violently injured on the job than the firefighters they work alongside. By comparing statistics gathered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency-funded Firefighter Injury Research and Safety Trends (FIRST) project and speaking with a...

February 1, 2016

What this is for: Developing plans for personnel, including ground and air medical transport providers, managers of EMS agencies, EMS medical directors, local and state EMS systems, local and state health departments, healthcare facilities, and others involved in the interfacility (including intrastate or interstate), transport of persons under investigation (PUIs) or patients with confirmed Ebola virus disease (Ebola).

by CDC
What this is for: Developing plans for personnel, including ground and air medical transport providers, managers of EMS agencies, EMS medical directors, local and state EMS systems, local and state health departments, healthcare facilities, and others involved in the interfacility (including intrastate or interstate), transport of persons under investigation (PUIs) or patients with confirmed Ebola...

January 29, 2016

Anyone who has struggled to pinpoint his or her location in a mall, airport or urban canyon amid skyscrapers has experienced a GPS gap firsthand. In fact, the global positioning network is filled with them: buildings, jammers and the landscape itself can block a signal's path between GPS satellites and receivers in a smartphone or other digital device.

by Scientific American
GPS
Anyone who has struggled to pinpoint his or her location in a mall, airport or urban canyon amid skyscrapers has experienced a GPS gap firsthand. In fact, the global positioning network is filled with them: buildings, jammers and the landscape itself can block a signal's path between GPS satellites and receivers in a smartphone or other digital device. Technologies such as Apple's iBeacon have att...

January 28, 2016

The head of the World Health Organization said Thursday the Zika virus is "spreading explosively' in the Americas and called an emergency meeting next week to determine how to confront the crisis.

WHO director general Margaret Chan said it is “deeply concerning” that the virus has now been detected in more than 20 countries in the Americas since Brazil reported its first case in May 2015.

by USA Today
mosquito
The head of the World Health Organization said Thursday the Zika virus is "spreading explosively' in the Americas and called an emergency meeting next week to determine how to confront the crisis. WHO director general Margaret Chan said it is “deeply concerning” that the virus has now been detected in more than 20 countries in the Americas since Brazil reported its first case in May 2015. Th...

January 27, 2016

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) this week released their cost estimate of the S. 1915 First Responder Anthrax Preparedness Act.

Under the bill, anthrax vaccines from the U.S. Strategic National Stockpile would be provided to first responders who volunteer to receive them, and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) would establish a tracking system for the vaccine and would provide educational outreach for the program.

by Global Biodefense
anthrax preparedness
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) this week released their cost estimate of the S. 1915 First Responder Anthrax Preparedness Act. Under the bill, anthrax vaccines from the U.S. Strategic National Stockpile would be provided to first responders who volunteer to receive them, and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) would establish a tracking system for the vaccine and would provide educ...

January 26, 2016

Some experts believe last year’s terrorist attacks in Paris may only be a preview for even deadlier strikes to come. In the French capital, area firefighters are conducting workshops on life-saving first aid techniques.

A shootout outside a cafe. Chairs overturned. People lying on the ground, some bleeding heavily. A woman calls for emergency services. She has basic first aid training. She is told what to do until help arrives.

by Voice of America
Paris Fire Fighters
Some experts believe last year’s terrorist attacks in Paris may only be a preview for even deadlier strikes to come. In the French capital, area firefighters are conducting workshops on life-saving first aid techniques. A shootout outside a cafe. Chairs overturned. People lying on the ground, some bleeding heavily. A woman calls for emergency services. She has basic first aid training. She is t...

January 20, 2016

“Left of bang” is a concept (and a book by Patrick Van Horne and Jason Riley) which can be described as a timeline. It’s the time before a critical incident can no longer be contained. As soon as the IED goes off, the shot is fired, or the crash takes place, you are at bang. “Right of bang” is where police officers do not want to be. Left of bang is about situational awareness and keeping things from getting to bang.

by Police One
Police One
“Left of bang” is a concept (and a book by Patrick Van Horne and Jason Riley) which can be described as a timeline. It’s the time before a critical incident can no longer be contained. As soon as the IED goes off, the shot is fired, or the crash takes place, you are at bang. “Right of bang” is where police officers do not want to be. Left of bang is about situational awareness and keeping things f...

January 19, 2016

New Mexico has lost its bid to retain a federally supported urban search-and-rescue team after years of poor financial management and record keeping, among other problems.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency last week denied an appeal from M. Jay Mitchell, Cabinet secretary of New Mexico’s Department of Homeland Security, to let the state keep its New Mexico Task Force 1 team.

by Emergency Management Magazine
FEMA magnify glass
New Mexico has lost its bid to retain a federally supported urban search-and-rescue team after years of poor financial management and record keeping, among other problems. The Federal Emergency Management Agency last week denied an appeal from M. Jay Mitchell, Cabinet secretary of New Mexico’s Department of Homeland Security, to let the state keep its New Mexico Task Force 1 team. New Mexico...

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