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Wednesday, December 7th, 2022

First Responders

McSally recognizes first responders at award ceremony

U.S. Rep. Martha McSally (R-AZ) hosted her office’s first-ever Congressional First Responder of Distinction Award Ceremony on Monday, recognizing firefighters, SMTs and law enforcement officers from her district who go above and beyond in their service to Southern Arizona. Nominees for the... Read More »

House passes Veterans EMT Support Act

The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday passed the Veterans EMT Support Act, H.R. 1818, by a vote of 415-1. The legislation seeks to assist military medic veterans in effectively transitioning their military medical training into the civilian workforce while addressing the shortage of... Read More »

Homeland security grants bill passes House

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the States and High-Risk Urban Area Working Group Act, H.R. 4509, on Wednesday. The legislations requires decision makers involved in disaster response planning to work together to gain a complete understanding of a community’s vulnerabilities so that... Read More »

CDC praises crisis communicators

The Centers for Disease Control on Wednesday detailed the valuable work its crisis communicators do during disease outbreaks, natural disasters, biological threats and other disaster-related incidents. Crisis communicators work primarily through detailed plans and outlined goals, all of which... Read More »

DARPA reveals latest Grand Challenge details

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) announced the details for its latest Grand Challenge on Wednesday - ensuring that the rapidly growing number of military and civilian wireless devices can function with the increasingly crowded electromagnetic spectrum. DARPA officials... Read More »

ECBC deploys team for testing at Yuma Proving Ground Site

The U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC) announced on Thursday that it had dispatched a team to the Sonoran Desert for a project supporting the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville Center, and the U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground (YPG). The YPG... Read More »

Avon Protection outlines equipment lineup at Defexpo 2016

Avon Protection announced that it will showcase its chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear respiratory protection equipment services together along with its Argus range of thermal imaging cameras at Defexpo 2016. Over the last decade, the security risks that threatened the international... Read More »

CDP trains first responders on CBRNE evidence collection

The Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) commenced a training exercise last week aimed at handling environments affected by chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive threats (CBRNE). The course, entitled “Hazardous Materials Evidence Collection for CBRNE Incidents (HEC),”... Read More »

FLIR Systems to power new thermal imaging smartphone

FLIR Systems, Inc., announced on Wednesday that it will integrate its Lepton micro camera into the new Cat S60 to create the world’s first thermal imaging smartphone. FLIR, a leading manufacturer of ruggedized smartphones, said that the phone would be unveiled at the Mobile World Congress... Read More »

EU announces launch of European Medical Corps

The European Union announced on Monday the creation of the European Medical Corps (EMC), a special agency dedicated to providing medical assistance as well as first response expertise and technology from across the EU to threats both within and without the EU. The foundations for the EMC was... Read More »

DARPA tests FLA unmanned vehicle capabilities

As part of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) Fast Lightweight Autonomy (FLA) program, DARPA recently set up a series of tests to discover the capability of a smaller scale of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV). The goal of the FLA program is to develop algorithms that would... Read More »

DHS works with Home Office on first responder uniform

The new Base Ensemble Project, a collaboration between the United Kingdom’s Home Office and the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (S&T), aims to create a uniform that will provide emergency first responders with the protection they need. First Responders often... Read More »