march 2008

Updates

Homeland Security and State Departments Announce Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) Land and Sea Final Rule

"We are on course to implement and enforce the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, which is an important step forward in securing the homeland," said Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff.

Updates

U.S. Customs and Border Protection and European Commission Adopt the Joint Roadmap Toward Mutual-Recognition Trade Partnership Programs

"This is an important step toward achieving the U.S. and EU's shared objective of enhancing supply-chain security," said CBP Deputy Commissioner Jayson Ahern.

Updates

New York-Area Paramedic Wins 2007 Francis X. Hursdy Award for Heroic Use of QuikClot Blood Clotting Product

Manufacturer Z-Medica Corporation cites first responder John McCullough for his heroic use of QuikClot hemostatic agent to save the life of a motorcycle accident victim bleeding from a severed femoral artery.

Updates

Modu-Built Vantage Gives Law Enforcement an Eye in the Sky

With an eye-level height of up to 23 feet, the Vantage gives security and law-enforcement personnel the ability to monitor crowds, perimeters, and surrounding areas from a stationary point.

Commentary

The Gateway Key to Synergistic Communications

by Stephen Macke -

Thanks to mutual-aid compacts between neighboring political jurisdictions, first-responder cooperation at mass-casualty incidents is often a multi-agency effort. But before the agencies can work together they must first be able to speak the same language.

Preparedness

Credentialing of Private-Sector Disaster Support Personnel

by Kay C. Goss -

When disaster strikes U.S. government agencies often turn to the private sector for assistance. But incident commanders cannot always be sure if non-government volunteers who show up are who they claim to be and/or possess the skills/training needed.

Preparedness

Real ID: No Impediment to Law-Enforcement Photo Sharing

by Rodrigo Moscoso -

There are still some political hurdles ahead, but law-enforcement agencies throughout the country should soon be able to thwart terrorist acts and stop other crimes by the simple exchange of drivers-license photos from one state to another.

Updates

ESI the Leader in WebEOC

WebEOC is the first web-enabled collaborative crisis-information communications system, providing real-time information sharing to facilitate planning, training, emergency response, recovery, and continuity of government and business operations.

Updates

New Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Canine Program Will Significantly Enhance Air Cargo Security

The agency will train and certify more than 400 explosives-detection canine teams, each composed of one dog and one handler; the TSA teams will be deployed to U.S. airports with the greatest volume of cargo on passenger-carrying aircraft.

Updates

Federal Emergency Management Agency Announces that the National Response Framework (NFR) Is in Effect

The NRF is designed to be scalable, flexible, and adaptable, and always in effect; the system articulates clear roles and responsibilities among local, state, and federal officials.

Updates

Raytheon Develops Advanced Concrete-Breaking Technology for Urban Search and Rescue

The Controlled Impact Rescue Tool, or CIRT, uses shock waves to pulverize concrete, which enables rescue workers to remove the material more quickly than is possible by using existing techniques.

Updates

Thales' Leadership Role in the Development of Software-Defined Radio Technology Honored by Aviation Week

Thales Communications was recognized by Aviation Week for its "enviable reputation" as an industry leader of SDR and Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) technology.

Reports

Joint Advisory Committee (JAC) Report to Congress on Communications Capabilities of Emergency Medical and Public Health Care Facilities

Among the recommendations made by the JAC are to improve interoperable broadband networks, and to upgrade interoperability through better interagency coordination.

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Updates

Charlotte Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) Implements NC4's E Team for Dual-State Coordination

NC4 announced that the Charlotte Urban Area Security Initiative has implemented nine stand-alone E Team systems to enhance emergency preparedness throughout the region.

Updates

Northcentral University Call for Papers: Global Border Security Conference and Technology Expo

White Papers are invited to be submitted for two different categories: one for working professionals in academics, industry, and law-enforcement and military professionals; and the second for college students under the age of 25.

Updates

Ivy Tech Community College to Host Southwest Indiana Law Enforcement Academy

"This partnership will serve as a recruitment tool, and it will emphasize the important role education plays in developing successful law-enforcement officers," said Evansville Police Chief Brad Hill.

Updates

Ahura Scientific Featured in Senate Hearing Showcasing Counter-WMD Capabilities

The FirstDefender, a system designed for use by first responders, homeland security, military, law enforcement and forensic chemistry personnel, was demonstrated in front of the Senate Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities.

Updates

Innovative Biosensors, Inc. and Universal Detection Technology Partner on Biological Detection and Identification Systems for Environmental Monitoring

Two bio-monitoring technology producers have come together to address the market need for biothreat detectors for clients dependent on accurate, rapid environmental assessments.

Healthcare

Greater Responsibilities, More Recognition for Hospital Emergency Managers

by Theodore Tully -

The healthcare failures during and in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina received more publicity than the many unpublicized successes. Nonetheless, a new look at hospital emergency management was obviously needed, and is now well underway.

Updates

Hi-Tech Solutions (HTS) Announces Mobile License Plate Recognition System for Special Events and Urban Situations Requiring Maximum Security

Hi-Tech Solutions Ltd. announced a new mobile version of its vision-based License Plate Recognition (LPR) system, SeeCar, to serve law-enforcement, homeland-security, and intelligence agencies.

Reports

United States Fire Administration (USFA) Releases Fire-Related Firefighter Injuries Report

The report presents a wealth of details about firefighter injuries sustained at or responding to fire incidents. These injuries may be the result of operations at the fire scene or suffered while responding to or returning from an incident.

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Updates

TSA Names Douglas Hofsass as General Manager for Commercial Airports Security Division

TSA's commercial airports division enhances security by working collaboratively with airport-industry stakeholders to develop efficient and effective policies and programs for the nation's airports.

Updates

MDI Security Systems Launches New PointGuard Xtreme IP-Based Access Control Solution

The new PointGuard Xtreme is a cost-effective and scalable system designed in partnership with security dealers and IT integrators to meet universal requirements and security budgets for organizations of all sizes.

Updates

Sagem Morpho Delivers First Rapid Remote Fingerprint ID System in the United States to Florida's Department of Law Enforcement

Requiring less than 15 seconds total access time, new Rapid ID system is believed to offer the nation's fastest remote statewide access to criminal records.

Updates

United States and Germany Agree to Share Fingerprint Databases and Information on Known and Suspected Terrorists

The agreement gives the two countries mutual access to fingerprint databases for the purpose of determining if evidence in those databases could be helpful in criminal investigations and prosecutions.

Updates

The U.S. Fire Administration Releases New Emergency Incident Rehabilitation Manual for Firefighters and Other Emergency Responders

This revised manual examines critical topics - including operational issues, human physiology, weather issues, & technology - related to emergency incident rehabilitation, & also addresses ways to better protect firefighters & other emergency responders.

Reports

A Network of Hope - A Resource to Help; A Guide That Aids Communities in Long-Term Recovery After Major Disasters

This guidebook of sorts, created by the Oklahoma City National Memorial, is a collection of documents featuring universal truths and best practices from communities that have experienced large-scale disasters.

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Healthcare

Partnerships at Work in Public Health Planning

by Steven Harrison -

The Commonwealth of Virginia once again provides a best-practices example of the best way to plan for a potential mass-casualty disaster: Ensure that all stakeholders, private-sector as well as government, are fully involved ahead of time, and practice.

Updates

A Focus on Solutions: Personal Protective Equipment

by James D. Hessman -

Today's front-line defenders - policemen, firefighters, EMTs, and other first responders - are just as chivalrous as their medieval predecessors, and their lighter-weight PPE working clothes are less cumbersome and provide much better protection.

Preparedness

Incident Action Plans for Hazmat/WMD Incidents

by Glen Rudner -

A quick but accurate analysis of unknown but potentially lethal agents detected by first responders at the scene of a mass-casualty incident can save many, many lives. That analysis requires skill, knowledge, and state-of-the-art analytical equipment.

Commentary

PPE: Defining the Terms, Resolving the Ambiguities

by Dennis Jones -

Is it something a first-responder wears for personal protection? Is it some special equipment he or she is using? A combination of both? Can it be used to save the lives of victims as well? Yes, sometimes, sometimes, and yes but not always.

Updates

Lumidigm Completes Work for Local Law Enforcement

This report was commissioned by the Sheriff's Department in New Mexico as part of its exploration of the use of biometrically enabled technologies for the interdiction of drunk drivers.

Updates

Hydratrek Emergency Response Vehicle Comes to Market

This amphibious vehicle maneuvers into uncharted territory previously inaccessible by land.

Updates

Rontal Applications Ltd. Announces Rugged Portable Incident Management System

The SimGuard 4000 MOBILE provides an ideal solution for monitoring and securing public gatherings such as large-scale entertainment and sporting events, festivals, demonstrations, temporary facilities such as large fairs, and similar venues.

Updates

DHS Holds Cyber Storm II Exercise to Further Cyber Security Preparedness and Response Capabilities

The exercise will simulate a coordinated cyber attack on information technology, communications, chemical, and transportation systems and assets.

Updates

ICx Technologies Biodefense Announces Contract Win and Holds Successful Media Event

ICx Technologies has won a $2.3 million contract from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to develop a modular detection system intended to protect troops.

Updates

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Announces Expansion of "Diamond" Self-Select Lanes

Self-Select Lanes are a series of lanes, designated by signage - Expert, Casual, and Family/Special Assistance - that direct passengers in accordance with their travel needs and knowledge.

Updates

Columbia Law School Announces A Conference That Will Address Violence on College Campuses

This April 4th Columbia Law School Event Looks at Prediction, Prevention, Response

Reports

Combating Illicit Trafficing in Nuclear and Other Radioactive Material, an International Atomic Energy Agency Report

This reference Manual details how to prevent, detect and respond to an incidence of nuclear terrorism.

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Updates

Fact Sheet: U.S. Department of Homeland Security Five-Year Anniversary Progress and Priorities

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) tells how the department has grown over the last five years, but with its focus continuing to be protection of the U.S. homeland.

Healthcare

Force Protection - First, Protect the Protectors

by Joseph Cahill -

Not enough masks and/or medical supplies - those shortages can be overcome. But when there are not enough EMTs or paramedics, or if those who are available are among the early victims, there is no quick and easy way to find replacements.

Preparedness

Incident Action Planning - A Step-by-Step Process

by Stephen Grainer -

The key to coping successfully with a mass-casualty incident or similar event is to plan ahead - as carefully and in as much detail as possible. It takes a lot of work, and all of it extremely tedious. But the end result is well worth the effort expended.

Updates

Bruker Daltonics Announces the Mobile-IR Portable FT-IR Spectrometer for the Analysis of Unknown Substances

The easy-to-use software on the built-in touch-screen computer allows the system to be used with only minimal operator training. It can be ready in minutes, and measurements take only a few seconds to complete.

Updates

University of Albany School of Public Health Announces GIS and Public Health Day

This program will offer an overview of Geographic Information Systems and their applications to Public Health.

Updates

Canberra Introduces Falcon 5000 Portable Radionuclide Identifier for First Responders

The Falcon 5000 quickly and accurately determines if there is a radiation source present, where that source is, and what isotopes are emitting the radiation.

Updates

Innovative Biosensors Inc. and SecureTeq Corporation Partner to Integrate Technologies for Biodefense Security Management

SecureTeq's open-architecture solution brings together "best-in-class" threat-detection technologies into a single seamless monitoring and management platform that will provide an opportunity to expand the usability of the BioFlash.

Updates

School of Public Health University at Albany Announces A Pandemic Planning for Academic Institutions Webcast

This program will share information and resources available to academic institutions.

Updates

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Evaluating Non-Traditional Alternatives to Trailers/Mobile Homes for Future Disaster Housing

The group evaluating the housing developed a comprehensive Housing Assessment Tool (HAT) designed to collect information on housing products and help FEMA determine whether the options proposed are suitable to meet disaster-housing needs.

Updates

Fact Sheet: Border Security and Immigration Enforcement

Border security and immigration enforcement efforts include securing the border, interior enforcement, E-Verify, and No-Match letters.

Updates

Scott Health & Safety Makes Numerous Charitable Contributions to Various Noteworthy Causes

The donations, made by the Scott Technologies Foundation, were distributed to both regional and national organizations whose missions closely parallel those endorsed by Scott Health & Safety.

Updates

Homeland Security Department Names Academic Institutions to Lead New Centers of Excellence

Five new Centers of Excellence, located throughout the country, will focus on: border security/immigration; explosives detection, mitigation, & response; maritime, island, & port security; natural disasters; coastal infrastructure & emergency management.

Updates

Newark Agriculture Specialists, CBP (Customs and Border Protection) Officers Continue to Protect U.S. Agriculture Industry

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers and agriculture specialists continue to increase their enforcement efforts to protect the American agriculture industry, crops, food supplies, livestock, and economy.

Updates

FoxFury Announces the Release of Its New Superbright PRO III Ballistic Entry Shield Light

FoxFury's Riot Shield Light shines and disorients, and is rugged and waterproof as well as fire- and impact-resistant.