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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...

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...

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