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December 10, 2014
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Ariz. first responders train for potential Super Bowl incidents
The Center for Domestic Preparedness, a Federal Emergency Management Agency training facility, is helping first responders and health care providers prepare for potential Super Bowl incidents. "We trained on structural collapse, on foodborne illness. We practiced a biological agent release, a chemical warfare release, explosions, multivehicle accidents," said Keith Fehr, director of emergency management for the Maricopa Integrated Health System. (12/4)
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Training helps responders assist people with disabilities
A Niagara University program has trained more than 600 first responders and law enforcement officials to handle calls involving people with disabilities. First Responders Disability Awareness Training Program Director David Whalen said problems include discrimination, which can include talking down to people with disabilities, so the training helps first responders see people with disabilities as equals. The Buffalo News (N.Y.) (12/7)
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U.S. guidelines ban profiling in federal law enforcement
The U.S. government has issued guidelines that prohibit federal law enforcement officers from profiling suspects on the basis of religion, national origin and other factors. Local and state police departments are exempt, but federal officials hope the policy offers an example and are encouraging local departments to adopt the guidelines. KMOX-AM (St. Louis)/The Associated Press (12/8)
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States weigh whether to opt out of FirstNet
A number of states are still weighing whether to elect an opt-out option Congress offered in authorizing and funding the nationwide FirstNet emergency response service. States could decide to build their own first-responder network, and some officials say they are waiting to see FirstNet's final design. (12/4)
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Get Creative: 10 Ways to Think Outside the Box
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Utah to equip state police with body-cam technology
Utah's Department of Public Safety plans to provide its 560 officers with body cameras. Utah state troopers have had dash-cams in their vehicles since 1999 and have been piloting body cams since 2013. The cameras cost $500 to $1,000 each, and it would cost $500,000 for equipment to store the video generated by the cameras. KSL-TV (Salt Lake City) (12/5)
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VESTA 4 NG9-1-1 system gets OK for military use
Airbus DS Communications' next-generation 9-1-1 system, VESTA 4, is the first IP-based E-911 system approved for military use. The technology went through five weeks of testing before approval. Military 9-1-1 systems must interface with different types of private branch exchange systems used at other military sites. Urgent Communications (12/8)
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