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January 23, 2013
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  Making the Call 
  • Mont. 9-1-1 dispatchers do more than just handle calls
    Emergency dispatchers for Montana's Great Falls Police Department answer 9-1-1 calls and help officers investigate crimes by checking names, license plates and outstanding warrants, says shift leader Karl Upton. Dispatchers and officers have a shared code language and Upton says they save seconds, which saves lives, and it all starts with getting an address, the most essential piece of information. Great Falls Tribune (Mont.) (1/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Pulse 
  • FCC to investigate compliance with narrow-banding mandate
    Federal Communications Commission enforcement officials will work with frequency coordinators to identify spectrum license holders that are not in compliance with narrow-banding requirements. Enterprise Wireless Alliance CEO Mark Crosby said the FCC first needs to deal with a large number of applications that came recently but then will audit the list to identify systems that are noncompliant or are not active. Urgent Communications (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Innovation Insights 
  • Pill keeps tabs on firefighters' vitals
    Australian firefighters are testing a small capsule with a tiny thermometer and transmitter that when swallowed, measures response to heat stress. The Equivital EQ02 LifeMonitor made by Vivonoetics passes through the body in a day or two, but while it is working it can help officials know when to remove a firefighter from the scene because of health reasons. More than half of 2011 firefighter deaths in 2011 were caused by on-duty heart attacks. (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • WASP tracks firefighters using wireless sensors in gear
    TRX Systems’ Wearable Advanced Sensor Platform, which integrates wireless tracking technologies into firefighter gear, is expected to be available this year as an option for locating first responders in areas where GPS does not work. It is designed to go beyond current PASS devices, which use audible alerts, and can monitor a person's vital signs, transmitting information to commanders. (1/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NENA News 
  • Best-selling author and former commander of the USS Benfold Mike Abrashoff to keynote NENA 2013
    At the age of 36, the Navy selected Abrashoff to become Commander of USS Benfold. At the time, he was the most junior commanding officer in the Pacific Fleet. The immediate challenges that faced him on this underperforming Naval war ship were staggering. The solution was to establish a system of management techniques that Abrashoff calls The Leadership Roadmap. At the core of his leadership approach was a process of replacing command and control with commitment and cohesion, and by engaging the hearts, minds, and loyalties of workers. Abrashoff has also served as the Military Assistant to Secretary of Defense William J. Perry, helped draft the air defense plan for naval forces in the Persian Gulf in 1990, and more. Mike Abrashoff is the founder of GLS Worldwide, a consulting firm which works with and supports leaders as they address leadership, talent and business challenges within their organization. Read more about Abrashoff from NENA and learn more about NENA 2013. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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