Active shooter and violent incidents require quick responses from law enforcement officers to end the threat. The increased frequency of active shooters or violent attacks by organized groups and the rise of lone wolf attacks have placed increased violent crime response and physiological stressors onto police officers.1 These violent attacks and chaotic scenes often result in multiple critically injured persons and mass casualties.
Traffic Incident Response Week is a time to recognize emergency responders and their tireless effort to help save lives at the scenes of traffic incidents across the country. Every year hundreds of emergency responders representing fire, law enforcement, emergency medical services, towing, and transportation agencies lose their lives while responding to incidents.
The NFPA Standards Council is in receipt of a New Project Initiation Request for the development of an ANSI Accredited Standard addressing preparedness and response to active shooter scenarios and incidents. The request seeks an NFPA standard to address appropriate training, responder interagency coordination protocol, and the identification of minimal personal protective equipment appropriate for responders to active shooter incidents.
Smart LED lighting built right into an EMT’s uniform; wearable sensors that track, record and monitor a first responder’s physiological condition; and body cameras that use cloud-based facial recognition to alert wearers to imminent threats from people in their vicinity are just some of the cutting-edge wearable technology applications being explored under the Department of Homeland Security’s EMERGE Accelerator Program for Wearable Tech for F
As research continues to show that firefighter's are more susceptible to medical issues due to their duties, the International Association of Fire Chiefs released "A Healthcare Provider’s Guide to Firefighter Physicals."
Aside from choosing their local and national leaders yesterday, Virginians went to the polls to vote on two constitutional amendments.
One of the measures–Question 2— was a legislatively referred constitutional amendment that provides a property tax exemption to surviving spouses of first responders killed in the line of duty.
“Spotlight on Safety” is a themed, multidimensional outreach plan designed to promote officer safety awareness and wellness as directly related to officer safety. Spotlight on Safety provides safety-related topics and offers resources associated with an identified theme.
Fentanyl analogues and other potent synthetic opioids and analgesics may be absorbed through the skin, allowing the drug to enter a person’s body without the typical illicit drug ingestion methods such as smoking, snorting, injection, etc. In addition, opioids may be inadvertently inhaled in situations where suspected drug samples are disturbed and particles become airborne.
Firefighters work in varied and complex environments that increase their risk of on-the-job death and injury. NFPA estimates that 68,085 firefighter injuries occurred in the line of duty in 2015. An estimated 29,130 (42.8%) of all firefighter injuries occurred during fireground operations.
It is a rare celestial crossing that has both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump spending election night not only in the same city, but barely more than a mile apart in midtown Manhattan -- and it is creating unprecedented security headaches for New York City.
Not since they sparred with each other on the debate stage have the Clinton and Trump orbits overlapped in this way.