Police across Pennsylvania are increasingly wearing bulletproof vests to protect against attacks and ambushes. Chief Chuck Pressler with Central Bucks Emergency Medical Services said the drug epidemic is also an issue, as it "can make people do some crazy things."
Dallas Fire-Rescue is losing employees faster than it can replace them, creating work overloads for the 1,800 member emergency-response department. "You can get hired in the suburbs and make $10,000 more a year walking in the door and have a stable pension on top of that," said Jim McDade, president of the Dallas Fire Fighters Association.
A Detroit paramedic is facing charges for misdemeanor willful neglect of duty after failing to follow a dispatcher's pleas to go to the scene where an 8-month-old baby had stopped breathing. "I'm going to need you to make that scene. You're going to have to make patient contact," the dispatcher instructed the paramedic, after finding out she had parked around the corner from the house and did not intend to go inside.
The Oakland County, Mich., Homeland Security Division has applied for state grant funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to better prepare its communities for terrorist attacks. If it receives the grant, the division would choose participants from the first responder community and government agencies.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology has made data from four smartphone models available to developers of indoor navigation apps. 9-1-1 call centers and firefighters want the technology, but "need to know how well these solutions are going to work before they invest their limited financial resources," said
Nader Moayeri, NIST's principal investigator on the project.
Kandiyohi County, Minn., Emergency Management is urging residents to sign up for its Citizen Alert System so authorities can notify them via cell phone during emergencies. Registrants can choose which types of alerts they want to receive, such as tornado watches, flood advisories, storm watches and frost warnings.