first responder Articles
Instilling resilience in our first responders
In a world-first study, the Black Dog Institute has revealed promising strategies for embedding psychological resilience in emergency service workers and first responders. There are over 80,000 fulltime emergency workers in Australia. By definition their roles entail highly challenging working conditions and regular exposure to traumatic incidents. Over half of emergency service responders have ...
Laser Safety Glasses for Police and First Responders
With the recent events in protests across the country, a new challenge for our first responders has emerged. Certain individuals have been using handheld laser pens to attack police and other emergency personnel. Although these devices are small and inexpensive, they have developed into significantly powerful devices that can easily cause damage to the unprotected eye. A 5 Watt green laser can be ...
Operations other than war: what they are, and why
Since the advent of nuclear weapons, war as a mechanism for conducting policy has become restricted to situations where one or both participants do not possess these devices. In the case of the USA and other developed powers, such 'wars' have become ever more one-sided affairs, where the lesser party has had no success on the field of battle. Once the battle is over and the enemy's capital ...
FIND software tested at NPS SAR Exercise
Two weeks ago, Azimuth1 supported search and rescue teams from across Virginia and North Carolina at the Blue Ridge Parkway Search and Rescue Exercise (SAREX), a simulated lost person search mission sponsored and run by the National Park Service. Read all about the experience in this account of the exercise by our team. Search simulations are good opportunities to practice searching and ...
What Is A Technical Rescuer, and How Do You Become One?
When most people think of first responders, they probably first think of firefighters and police officers. However, there is another type of the first responder who is responsible for saving lives in dangerous and technical situations – the technical rescuer. If you are interested in helping people or becoming a technical rescuer, Rescue Solutions LLC can help! In this blog post, we will ...
Robust and affordable mobile communications for emergency management
During any emergency, reliable communications can be a matter of life-and-death. First-responder communications are widely seen as a critical emergency management issue identified by Hurricane Katrina in the USA, and the Indian Ocean Tsunami of 2004. In cooperation with national, regional, and local emergency management organisations, a US research consortium has developed and demonstrated robust ...
Suspicious Package Procedures & Training for First Responders
Hundreds of thousands, if not millions of packages are shipped daily using a variety of mail carriers that transport the piece of mail to its intended destination. The high volume of mail that is processed each day makes it extremely difficult for carriers to give proper attention and observation to potentially suspicious packages or suspicious mail that ends up in their facility. There are ...
A framework for web-based dissemination of models and lessons learned from emergency-response exercises and operations
Emerging web-based technologies enable information sharing within and among rescue agencies and organisations. This development can facilitate education, training and development through effective distribution of documentation, models and lessons learned from training exercises and rescue operations. We discuss central aspects of this enterprise such as the need for domain-specific data models, ...
Massive building footprints data for TotalTopo
In our work with the Department of Homeland Security and dbS SAR, Azimuth1 is designing and building search and rescue software for first responders. Part of that system is a custom topo map for SAR personnel to use to plan and carry out search tasks. Recently Microsoft open sourced a large data set of building footprints that they are providing as Open Data. Read more here We quickly integrated ...
Winner of 2 awards at the Resilience Business Cup
Aquobex is officially the winner of 2 awards at the Resilience Business Cup at Vejle, Denmark. These awards were for the Impact and Water categories. Aquobex’s Research Consultant Martin Dolan, delivered presentations sharing the organisation’s development of i-REACT with its European consortium partners. i-REACT is a technology platform for first responders and resilient ...
By Aquobex Ltd.
Role improvising during crisis situations
This research describes the various ways key responders improvise their disaster-related roles during the emergency period of large-scale crises. Using archival data from the University of Delaware's Disaster Research Center in the USA, this paper presents an empirically-derived classification of role improvisations occurring in natural disasters, technological crises, and civil disturbances. ...
FlyCam UAV - Aerial Radiation and Chemical Detection
The newest product development of US Nuclear Corp is the incorporation of radiation and chemical sensors with drone mounted platforms. Serving a variety of industries this partnership of technology is creating a revolutionary new industry: Aerial Radiation and Chemical Detection. US Nuclear Corp’s Strategic Alliance with FlyCam UAV provides a comprehensive flight package to the customer ...
US Marine Corps relies on MX908 for multi-mission trace detection
From Okinawa, Japan and Pendleton, CA to Camp Lejeune, NC and everywhere in between, the United States Marine Corps Fire Protection and Emergency Services Program is fielding MX908 to provide their first responders the ability to better serve and protect. The versatile MX908 is capable of supporting a wide variety of emergency response missions that require the quick and accurate ...
2020’s Product Licensing Hero?
Face Masked Crusaders Has the pandemic transformed Paris, London, Milan and New York’s most coveted event—Fashion Week—into Face Mask Week? (One moment—filing the copyright on that phrase.) When athletic wear and yoga pants become the remote workforce’s uniforms du jour, high fashion in 2020 might be mistaken to define branded cannabis hoodies. The utilitarian face ...
By Vistex Inc
Fire department protects city with Industrial Scientific area monitors & live monitoring - Case Study
A major metro fire department responsible for fire, hazmat, and public safety duties uses area monitors during large public events to detect gas hazards and determine whether to evacuate the area. The fire department’s previous area monitors were purchased for remote monitoring, but consistent connection issues prevented the area monitors from relaying gas readings to the mobile command ...
VOCs in HAZMAT and the power of PID detection
An emergency response organisation will greatly increase its effectiveness and the level of protection it offers its employees (Responders) by deploying a photoionisation detector (PID). Incidents Involving VOCs Many Hazardous Materials incidents involve volatile organic compounds (VOCs), a vast chemical family that is primarily made up of hydrocarbons such as gasoline, alcohols, methane and ...
Oakland and Downey Demos - US Nuclear Corp
US Nuclear Corp and UAV partner FlyCam UAV were invited to participate in two demonstrations for their UAV mounted Radiation Detection system, the DroneRAD. On January 30, 2019, the BAYEX 2019 took place in the Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California. The objective of the exercise was to coordinate with multiple agencies in the Bay Area for response to an attack on mass transit by a CBRN ...
An assessment of the terrorist threat to use a nuclear or radiological device in an attack
This paper will discuss terrorism from the perspective of a terrorist organisation acquiring nuclear material to build weapons and how security of radiological material world wide will minimise the risk of such devices being used. It will discuss the need to improve security at nuclear waste processing and storage sites and the adequacy of current security. It will also discuss the phenomenon of ...
A systems view of data integration for emergency response
In the wake of the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001 and Hurricane Katrina, emergency response has acquired a new level of importance. Emergency managers must be prepared to respond to conscious acts of terror, caused by individuals wanting to inflict harm, as well as the more traditional natural calamities and human errors. Response must be faster, more integrated, and more intelligent in ...
The Maine Municipal Association (MMA) - Case Study
THE MAINE MUNICIPAL ASSOCIATION (MMA) is a voluntary membership organization of the State's cities, towns, plantations and organized townships to provide a unified voice for Maine's municipalities to promote and strengthen local government. Training is at the forefront of MMA’s efforts to provide its clients with tools that improve health and safety records while reducing costs. FirstNet ...
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