april 2008

Updates

GE Security's CTX 9400 Explosives Detection System (EDS) Selected by Toluca International Airport in Mexico

The CTX 9400s will help ensure that Toluca's passengers benefit from the latest and most advanced CT-based EDS technology available in Mexico.

Updates

Noah Systems Personal Purifier Helps You Breathe Clean Air

A high efficiency personal air purifier system that can be worn on a belt, inside a pocket, or hung around the neck, the Zoen delivers up to three CFM of uncontaminated air.

Updates

Polk County, Florida, Contracts with Tiburon for $3.1 Million Public Safety System

This comprehensive system includes new Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD), law enforcement records management, jail management, civil process, and mobile reporting systems to support the public safety and justice agencies of Polk County.

Updates

Avon Protection Receives CBRN NIOSH Approval for Advanced Face Masks with C420 PAPR Unit

The C420 PAPR unit is a powerful, efficient, comfortable, and lightweight system, filtering CBRN and other contaminants from ambient air while providing a constant filtered airflow greater than 115 lpm to the user's facepiece.

Healthcare

Mass-Fatality Management Planning - A Hospital Perspective

by Craig DeAtley -

Most U.S. hospitals & other healthcare facilities focus their efforts on saving lives & helping those who are seriously injured. The handling of the dead, sometimes a large number at the same time, is a different but almost equally important skill.

Updates

Northcentral University Adds Business, Corporate and Campus Security Specialization

Northcentral University announces the newest master's and doctoral business degree specialization, Business, Corporate and Campus Security. This online program was designed to address corporate security and facility protection.

Updates

Louisiana Department of Social Services (DSS) Purchases EWAPhoenix

DSS will be able to ensure accurate and timely evacuation and tracking of citizens in state-run shelters at the onset of a disaster or hazard.

Updates

American Military University Joins the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges Degree Network System

The Servicemembers Opportunity College (SOC) Degree Network is a system of more than 160 college curriculum networks within SOC for servicemembers and their adult family members to guarantee transfer of their coursework to other colleges in the network.

Resilience

Proactive Standards Development for Emergency Responders

by Diana Hopkins -

Anything worth doing is worth doing well - and in accordance with established standards not only acceptable to experienced professionals but also recognized by the community at large as both valid and necessary.

Reports

U.S. Fire Administration and National Volunteer Fire Council Release Report on Emerging Health and Safety Issues in the Volunteer Fire Service

This report, Emerging Health and Safety Issues in the Volunteer Fire Service, provides information on initiatives, programs, and strategies for reducing fatalities among volunteer firefighters.

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Reports

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Releases Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2008-2013

The plan supports one of the major goals Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff has set for the department: to strengthen the nation's preparedness and emergency-response capabilities.

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Updates

Bruker Daltonics ARFCAM Awarded Safety Act Certification

Bruker has successfully progressed through a vigorous program to the final stage of testing and evaluation for the chemical monitor designed for protection of the nation's critical infrastructure.

Updates

ASTHO Releases Draft Version - At-Risk Populations and Pandemic Influenza: Planning Guidance for State, Territorial, Tribal, and Local Health Departments

This important project will result in the publication of a key guidance document to assist public health officials in pandemic influenza planning efforts.

Updates

Integrated All-In-One Sample Collection Swab Introduced by Alexeter Technologies LLC

This unique product makes field collection and testing of potential biological threats more reliable, safer, and more cost-effective than any other method currently available.

Updates

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Introduces Its New Evolution of Security Website

This website allows visitors to take a virtual tour of the new checkpoint design and to see how security has changed and evolved over the years.

Updates

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Air and Marine Division Dedicates National Training Facility

CBP Air & Marine dedicated its new national aviation training facility at the Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City. CBP deploys the world's largest law-enforcement air force to enhance homeland security and enforce immigration and customs laws.

Updates

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Announces Bi-Coastal Launch of Millimeter Wave Imaging Technology

Millimeter wave - which detects weapons, explosives, and other threat items concealed under layers of clothing without any physical contact - is a promising alternative to the physical pat-down.

Updates

Laser Energetics Files Patent Application for a New BrightStar Alexandrite Laser

This flashlamp pumped tunable BrightStar Alexandrite laser offers a more cost-effective solution than other laser technologies which are not wavelength tunable, like this new BrightStar Alexandrite laser.

Updates

University of Maryland University College Professor Responsible for Developing Information Assurance Program After 9/11 Receives Prestigious Award

Dr. Jim Q. Chen, collegiate professor and program director, receives 2008 University System of Maryland's Board of Regents' Faculty Award for teaching excellence.

Updates

University of Albany Announces Addressing At-Risk Populations in Emergency Preparedness Planning Broadcast

Speakers will share their experiences during the broadcast, discuss specific information gathered during the ASTHO-led at-risk populations during pandemic engagement meetings, & provide insights about key relationships developed with other jurisdictions.

Updates

Innovative Biosensors Inc. and ATCC Partner to Develop High-Speed Test for Avian Flu

ATCC will provide IBI with highly sensitive proprietary monoclonal antibodies for H5N1 flu. IBI will use the reagents with the company's proprietary molecular technology platform to develop a rapid and accurate diagnostic test.

Healthcare

The Myth of the Cordon Sanitaire

by Michael Allswede -

The best way to cope with an avian-flu pandemic is to pre-designate certain hospitals as "flu-only" facilities - right? No - absolutely wrong! For a variety of practical, economic, and medical reasons. Here are some of them.

Commentary

Debris Recycling - Transforming Disasters Into Opportunities

by Kirby McCrary -

After the storm comes the rainbow. Supposedly. After a disaster comes the debris - and the problem of what to do with it. Surprisingly, perhaps, there are some profitable solutions that should be considered.

Updates

Thales Announces Liberty - The First Multiband Software Defined Land Mobile Radio All Bands, All Modes, Full Encryption in One Radio

For the first time, federal, state, local, and U.S. Department of Defense agencies will be able to communicate across all of the public safety bands using a single portable radio.

Updates

ICx Technologies Awarded $4.4 Million Contract from ThermoFisher Scientific

ICx will provide ThermoFisher Scientific with the identiFINDER - a hand-held detection unit that finds and, more importantly, identifies radioactive material.

Updates

ESi Introduces ESiWebFUSION, the Next Step in Emergency Communications

ESiWebFUSION is a new application that enables WebEOC servers to communicate with one another as well as with third-party systems, allowing boundless collaboration among emergency operations centers (EOCs).

Updates

CCAT Announces Technology Transfer Support for First Responder Technologies

The purpose of this national solicitation is to seek out innovative technologies that solve critical first-responder needs - primarily in focus areas of Command, Control, and Communications (C3) - and to support their rapid transition into that market.

Updates

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Fact Sheet: Protecting Our Federal Networks Against Cyber Attacks

This fact sheet outlines the Department's current measures for ensuring the security, resiliency, and reliability of the nation's information technology (IT) and communications infrastructure.

Reports

Public Health Emergency Response: A Guide for Leaders and Responders - a Report from the Department of Health and Human Services

A guide on public-health responses to emergencies that is specifically tailored for public officials (e.g., mayors, governors, county executives, emergency managers) and first responders (e.g., policemen, firefighters, EMS technicians).

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Updates

Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Release Preliminary Observations from National Exercise TOPOFF 4 (Top Officials)

The results of the briefings, combined with an initial analysis of exercise play and inputs from participating departments and agencies, were compiled into the official TOPOFF 4 Quick Look Report (QLR).

Reports

The United States Fire Administration Releases a Series of Topical Fire Risk Reports

The reports, which explore factors that influence risk, are based on 2004 data from the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS), the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), and the U.S. Census Bureau.

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Updates

Remploy Frontline 'Frontliner' CBRN Ensemble Awarded National Fire Protection Association Class 2 Classification From Safety Equipment Institute Certification

This certification is in accordance with the National Fire Protection Associations requirements for first responders to CBRN (chemical, biological, radiological, & nuclear) terrorism incidents.

Updates

Scott Health & Safety's BioPak 240 Revolution - How It Works

The BioPak 240R provides long-duration respiratory protection to homeland-security professionals working in what are called IDLH (immediately dangerous to life and health) situations.

Healthcare

Resource-Typing Implications for EMS and Emergency Management

by Joseph Cahill -

Attention to detail is frequently the principal difference between the success, or failure, of any human endeavor. That is particularly true in times of sudden disaster, when "mere words" - precisely expressed - may have life-or-death implications.

Preparedness

Crowd-Control Challenges in Pandemic Emergencies

by Joseph Steger -

Despite much improved health care throughout the world, when (not if) the "next pandemic" strikes it would almost certainly spread rapidly - and could kill millions, cause global economic chaos, and create widespread political unrest.

Updates

TVI Corporation Receives $5.1 Million C2A1 Filter Canister Follow-on Order from U.S. Army

"The C2A1 canister serves as the standard negative pressure filter canister for U.S. Army soldiers in harm's way, & we are proud to play such an important role in serving & protecting them," said Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Harley Hughes, president & CEO of TVI Corp.

Updates

Innovative Biosensors Inc. Announces Formation of a Dedicated Environmental Business Group

The new commercial-focused business unit will commit dedicated resources to deliver detection capabilities to this growing market focused on building security, biosafety, military, and civil-defense applications.

Updates

Hi-Tech Solutions (HTS) and Dalosy Industrial Systems Announce Establishment of HTS Europe

New operation will provide European customers with innovative solutions for port security, container handling, and automatic license-plate reading.

Updates

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Exercises Waiver Authority to Expedite Advancements in Border Security

"Congress and the American public have been adamant that they want and expect border security. We're serious about delivering it, and these waivers will enable important security projects to keep moving forward." DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff.

Updates

Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies Adds Antimicrobial Coating to Wide Variety of Door Hardware

Ingersoll has announced that most of its door hardware, panic devices, and push/pull levers & locks are now available with an optional antimicrobial coating that inhibits the growth of bacteria, mold, and mildew on their surfaces.

Updates

Department of Homeland Security Has Granted REAL ID Extensions to All U.S. Jurisdictions

All 56 U.S. jurisdictions are ensured that driver's licenses and ID cards across the country will achieve a higher security standard, and all will continue to be acceptable for official purposes after the 11 May 2008 deadline.

Updates

Sierra Wireless Adds Wi-Fi to AirLink(TM) MP Rugged In-Vehicle Modems

The new MP 595W, MP 881W, and MP 880W increase flexibility and versatility by eliminating additional wires and creating a "hotspot" in and around vehicles.

Commentary

The Creation of a Home Guard for Domestic Preparedness

by Lawrence J. Korb and Ian Moss -

At a time when defense of the U.S. homeland is a major concern, the National Guard is playing a much-increased role in U.S. operations overseas. The best way to fill the capabilities gap is to establish a non-deployable Home Guard under the Department.

Preparedness

Rescue 21 Update: Advanced Comm Capabilities for the New Century

by Joseph DiRenzo III and Christopher Doane -

The upgrading of Coast's Guard communications capabilities is an achievement of life-and-death importance for those in distress at sea. The Rescue 21 system is now "operationally ready," says USCG Commandant Admiral Thad Allen.

Updates

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Strengthens Preparedness Levels by Realigning Organizational Structures

This realignment will strengthen the regions, help partners to comprehensively build preparedness levels and priorities, and allow for even better service to customers and stakeholders.

Updates

Delta Scientific DSC2000 Barricade Successfully Passes UK's BSI Standard PAS:68 2007 Crash Test

The DSC2000 is Delta's fastest, smallest, and most shallow barricade, created especially for high-speed applications - and it meets/exceeds British standards, which are used by many international agencies in selecting vehicle control equipment.

Updates

TVI Corporation Announces Sale of Mortuary Affairs Systems to the US Army

These shelters and related equipment serve as mobile mortuaries for use by the military working in remote locations and battlefield environments as well as disaster response teams in situations like the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Updates

Centers for Disease Control Announces the Release of Public Health Emergency Law & Forensic Epidemiology Training Volume III

These self-contained training packages were developed for use by instructors in any jurisdiction in the United States that provides public health preparedness training to front-line practitioners.

Updates

Fortified Holdings Announces $2.28 Million NOMAD Systems Procurement by Homeland Security Program

The procurement awards a 2-year contract through which Fortified will provide approximately 40 NOMAD C4XSB Incident Command Platform deployable command & control systems, each of which will include the CoBRA emergency-response decision-support software.