Friday, January 15th, 2021

First Responders

Measure targets PFAS firefighting foam alternative

A group of lawmakers recently introduced a bill they said is designed to find an alternative to PFAS contaminated firefighting foam. Reps. Madeleine Dean (D-PA), Mike Gallagher (R-WI), Andy Kim (D-NJ), Dan Kildee (D-MI) and Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA) said the PFAS Free Foam Research and... Read More »

DHS initiates NG911 systems viability testing

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) and Department of Transportation (DOT) have initiated the Next Generation 911 (NG911) systems interoperability and compatibility testing process. The agencies have selected the Critical Infrastructure Resilience... Read More »

FirstNet executes NY expansion effort

First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) officials said the high-speed broadband communications platform dedicated to and purpose built for America’s first responders is expanding across New York state. Officials are espousing the benefits of adding 22 new FirstNet cell sites and other... Read More »

Measure advocates domestic PPE manufacturing

A trio of lawmakers have introduced a measure they said decreases dependence on foreign countries for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for healthcare providers. Sens. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Mike Rounds (R-SD) said the U.S. MADE Act of 2020 lessens domestic... Read More »

FirstNet expands North Carolina reach

First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) officials said the high-speed broadband communications platform dedicated to first responders has expanded across North Carolina as a means of advancing public safety communications. “FirstNet is a dedicated broadband platform for public safety, by... Read More »

Bill targets military firefighter PFAS care

Rep. Dan Kildee (D-MI) has introduced a measure that ensures military firefighters exposed to toxic per and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) chemicals receive Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) healthcare. Currently, military firefighters exposed to firefighting foam containing PFAS are not... Read More »

Marine firefighters participate in training exercise

Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting Marines based out of Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton recently participated in a mobile aircraft fire fighting training exercise alongside San Diego County firefighters. The effort executed at the San Diego International Airport in San Diego, Calif.,... Read More »

Bill targets PFAS examination, firefighter exposure

Reps. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) and Bill Posey (R-FL) have introduced a measure they said is designed to examine per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and firefighter exposure to the chemicals. The Guaranteeing Equipment Safety for Firefighters Act of 2020 requires the National Institute of... Read More »

NENA supports 9-1-1 enhancement initiative

National Emergency Number Association (NENA) personnel said the organization supports the House of Representatives’ recent action creating a new $12 billion federal grant program upgrading the nation’s 9-1-1 centers. Next Generation 9-1-1 was incorporated into the Moving Forward Act, a... Read More »

R2 Network Challenge funds awarded

First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) officials recently joined a trio of agencies in presenting Accelerate R2 Network (R2 Network) Challenge awards. The initiative serves as an interagency program connecting stakeholder response and resilience. The Department of Commerce, Economic... Read More »

Rep. Chabot introduces police reform bill

Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH) said he has introduced H.R. 7384, the Safer Communities Act, that would make communities safer by highlighting functional reforms, rewarding officers making a positive impact, and addressing power abuses. “Instead of getting bogged down in partisan arguments on issues... Read More »

FirstNet launches Vermont cell sites

FirstNet, the broadband platform for public safety, has launched a pair of Vermont purpose-built cell sites in North Bennington and West Bridgewater. “We worked hand-in-hand with Vermont’s public safety community to understand their needs for the network,” FirstNet Authority CEO Edward... Read More »

FirstNet bolsters 5G, on-demand coverage

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) Board of Directors has approved more than $200 million for network upgrades that include 5G and on-demand coverage. “These investments mark the next major step in our mission as we continue to evolve the FirstNet network based on public... Read More »

Republican senators introduce police reform bill

A group of Republican senators introduced a police reform bill that focuses on accountability and transparency while promoting efforts to find solutions to systemic issues affecting people of color. The Just and Unifying Solutions to Invigorate Communities Everywhere (JUSTICE) Act is sponsored... Read More »

Partnership to yield FirstNet platform informational

National Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) personnel said the organization has united with AT&T to educate officers nationwide regarding the benefits of FirstNet, the public safety communications platform. The initiative involves providing insight on the impact FirstNet can have on public safety... Read More »

IAFC seeks congressional aid to offset job losses

The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) is asking Congress and the Trump Administration to help offset firefighter job losses amid COVID-19, requesting $10 billion for the nation’s fire departments. A recently released IAFC survey maintains COVID-19 related budget cuts have... Read More »

HHS enters $336N contract with GE for 50,000 ventilators

Invoking the Defense Production Act (DPA), the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has entered a new, $336 million contract with General Electric (GE) that will see 50,000 ventilators supplied to the government by July 13. "The President promised on March 27 that we would have 100,000... Read More »