Category: Emergency Services

Basic Services, Emergency Services

Rejecting the ‘new normal,’ California eyes technology solutions to wildfire risks

May 2, 2019

Via: Utility Dive

California is a global leader in technology, so it stands to reason that we’re focusing more on technological solutions to help overcome the growing threat from frequent and deadly wildfires. Over the past two years, California has endured a number […]

Basic Services, Emergency Services, Health & Insurance, Social Services

Hospitals Scramble To Find Alternatives To Medications As Drug Shortages Persist

July 2, 2018

Via: Kaiser Health News

Hospitals and ER departments nationwide are coming up short when they need drugs such as morphine. “So many substances are short, and we’re dancing every shift,” said Dr. James Augustine, a doctor in Cincinnati.” In other public health news: palliative […]

Basic Services, Electric Utility, Emergency Services, Public Utilities

A New Challenge for Disaster Zones: Driving an Electric Evacuation

December 26, 2017

Via: Greentech Media

When Florida Gov. Rick Scott told residents “you need to go right now,” as Hurricane Irma barreled toward the state, many were able to jump in their cars and leave. An estimated 3 million people took to the highways, creating […]

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 […]