Va. emergency responders have higher rates of suicidal thoughts | Police in Wash. to add more mental health response teams with grant | Lyft app now has 9-1-1 button, other safety features
September 12, 2019
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Va. emergency responders have higher rates of suicidal thoughts
Firefighters, police officers and 9-1-1 dispatchers in Virginia have over twice the rate of suicidal thoughts as the general population, and almost 1 in 4 have depression related to their job, according to a statewide survey. Many respondees said they didn't want to get help because they feared their supervisor would become aware or they thought they could handle it themselves.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (9/10) 
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Police in Wash. to add more mental health response teams with grant
The Spokane County Sheriff's Department and the Spokane Police Department in Washington state will use a $700,000 grant to add four "co-deploy" teams that each have a mental health clinician and an officer to respond to people having mental health episodes. The agencies currently have five teams between them, which work to prevent such people from being taken to an emergency room or jail.
The Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Wash.) (free content) (9/11) 
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Lyft app now has 9-1-1 button, other safety features
Ride-hailing company Lyft has added an emergency service button to its app that allows passengers and drivers to contact 9-1-1 and provides dispatchers with a vehicle's location information. The company also added a "Smart Trip Check-In" feature to monitor passenger safety and will require its drivers to take a community safety education class offered by an anti-sexual violence organization.
Mashable (9/10) 
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Policy Pulse
Judges side with freight trains over emergency vehicles in some states
Many state laws limiting how long freight trains can be stopped at railroad crossings have been rejected by judges, leaving law enforcement and firefighters at a loss when the trains impede emergency response. Federal Rail Administrator Ron Batory says the agency is prohibited by federal law from issuing regulations related to railroad crossings.
Bloomberg Government (free content) (9/10) 
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NENA, industry continue work on Z-axis location requirements for 9-1-1
CTIA filed an ex parte letter in late August documenting a Federal Communications Commission meeting in which they expressed their support for 3-meter Z-axis location accuracy as well as ongoing testing for Z-Axis location technologies. Vendors of Z-axis location technology say their testing supports readiness, but wireless carriers have asked for requirements to be phased in while continuing to express concerns about the National Emergency Address Database.
RadioResource Media Group (9/11) 
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Innovation Insights
Public safety agencies can prevent cyberattacks by asking questions
9-1-1 and computer-aided dispatch are among the public safety systems that need to be protected from cyberattacks, writes Plano, Texas, Fire Chief Sam Greif. Agencies should ask their IT departments about the existence and configuration of firewalls and limits on user permissions and administrator accounts, among other things, he writes.
In Public Safety (9/9) 
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