Category: Emergency Services

Basic Services, Emergency Services, Social Security, Social Services

FCC must upgrade Wireless Emergency Alert system, public safety organizations say

January 9, 2018

Via: StateScoop

The nation’s Wireless Emergency Alert system (WEA) needs improvements that are long overdue, according to a coalition of public safety organizations that is pushing for action by the Federal Communications Commission on the issue. In a letter to FCC Chairman […]

Basic Services, Emergency Services

Las Vegas Tragedy Prompts Examination Of Hospitals Capacity To Treat Victims

October 4, 2017

Via: Kaiser Health News

Las Vegas is not only a glittering strip of casinos and hotels but a fast-growing region with more than 2 million residents — and one hospital designated as a highest-level trauma center. The deadly shooting Sunday that killed at least […]

Basic Services, Emergency Services

The internet is finally getting a high-speed internet lane for emergency situations

August 9, 2017

Via: TNW

During large disasters, like hurricanes, wildfires and terrorist attacks, people want emergency responders to arrive quickly and help people deal with the crisis. In order to do their best, police, medics, firefighters and those who manage them need lots of […]

Emergency Services, Others

Northeastern utilities gear up for Winter Storm Stella as thousands face blackouts

March 15, 2017

Via: Utility Dive

Utilities up and down the Eastern Seaboard are prepping linemen and crews to repair damage and mitigate outages left in the wake of nor’easter Winter Storm Stella, as other states issue blizzard warnings and declare state of emergencies. At least […]

Emergency Services

California Firefighters File Overtime Suit Over Health Care Buy-Back

January 9, 2017

Via: FirstArriving

Today’s burning question: Does a fire department have to include payments made in lieu of accepting health benefits in a firefighter’s regular rate for purposes of calculating overtime? Answer: Yes, and that is one of the central issues in a […]

Emergency Services

Marketing Fire and EMS: What’s your department’s brand?

January 4, 2017

Via: FirstArriving

In a recent post over on LinkedIn entitled, The Art of Juggling in an All Hazards World, my fire service colleague and former “mate” with the Chesterfield County (Va.) Fire and EMS Department, Deputy Fire Chief Rick Edinger, provides a […]

Emergency Services

Emotional marketing can make for better fire safety messages

December 16, 2016

Via: FirstArriving

So, where do we go wrong–with our fire and life safety messages–and how do we correct it? The first thing we have to learn is what makes people transition from the Pre-contemplation phase to the Action phase. Clearly, that is […]

Emergency Services

Minneapolis Fire Sued Over Hypothermia Death

December 14, 2016

Via: FirstArriving

The complaint includes three counts of negligence; three counts of medical negligence; gross negligence; negligence per se for violating federal, state and local law; negligent hiring; vicarious liability; negligent undertaking; wrongful death; and a civil rights violation of denial of […]

Emergency Services

Savannah Fire Chief Cleared Of Hostile Work Environment Allegations

December 5, 2016

Via: FirstArriving

A comprehensive investigation into allegations of a hostile work environment in the Savannah Fire & Emergency Services has been completed, and Fire Chief Charles Middleton has been cleared of any wrongdoing. The investigation was sparked by complaints leveled by four […]

Emergency Services

As energy storage explodes in New York, officials tackle safety measures

November 16, 2016

Via: Utility Dive

When smart phone batteries catch fire or laptop batteries explode on airplanes, it makes the news. So far batteries used to store energy at the residential and commercial level have avoided those headlines. But eventually there will be a problem. […]