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January 21, 2015
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Report: Minn. first responders not ready for oil-related incidents
Minnesota first responders rate their preparedness for an oil-transportation incident as below a moderate level, according to a state Public Safety Department report. The report said municipalities generally do not have the equipment or personnel to respond to a large oil-related incident. In response to the report, two state lawmakers said it is a priority to get emergency agencies the appropriate tools, information and training. Pioneer Press (St. Paul, Minn.)/Forum News Service (1/16)
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Firefighters had communications trouble in D.C. subway rescue, report says
Firefighters who responded to a Washington, D.C., subway station last week weren't informed that a train was stranded in a smoke-filled tunnel until 20 minutes after they arrived, and they had difficulty communicating via radio while underground, according to a report on the incident. First-responders used cellphones to communicate, and passengers waited 30 minutes to be evacuated. One passenger died and 84 were hospitalized. The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (1/17)
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N.J. responders will access public-safety LTE net
The state of New Jersey will use its own funds, along with a federal grant, to build a 4G public-safety network on 700 MHz spectrum that the state licensed to FirstNet last year. JerseyNet will provide emergency services to three regions in the state in a proof-of-concept project aimed at helping FirstNet design future networks. Urgent Communications (1/12)
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D.C. holds "Sea of Blue" rally to support police
Washington, D.C., joined other U.S. cities in holding a "Sea of Blue" rally to offer thanks and support to law enforcement officers. Cleveland 9-1-1 dispatcher Mary Jo Graves, who organized a rally in that city last month, participated in the D.C. march to let officers know "we are behind them 100 percent." The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (1/17)
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Vests could allow first responder dogs to call 9-1-1, activate GPS
The Center for BioInterface Research at the Georgia Institute of Technology is working on wearable technology for medical alert and search and rescue dogs. Sensors in a vest, which the dog can activate by biting or touching, can trigger GPS, call 9-1-1 and even activate a talk-back system. National Public Radio (1/17)
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Satellite network would provide Internet access in disaster areas
OneWeb is planning to launch a large satellite network that would provide Internet access to underserved areas. It would also provide connectivity for emergency personnel and first responders in disaster areas and refugee camps. IBN Live (India) (1/20)
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