First responder training focuses on combat veterans' issues The First Responder Initiative has trained more than 5,000 first responders and others to interact with combat veterans who may have post-traumatic stress disorder or a traumatic brain injury, whether they are colleagues or someone requesting emergency help. White Plains, N.Y., Public Safety Commissioner David Chong said the training gives first responders more information and tools to mitigate problems, while offering outreach to combat veterans.PoliceOne.com
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Cockroaches turned into "biobots" are the vehicles for miniature backpacks full of sensors to detect disaster victims in rubble. Researchers at North Carolina State University are using the bugs and their ability to squeeze into tiny spaces to detect the sounds of people who require rescue but may not be found by other means.Stuff (New Zealand)/Fairfax Media Australia