may 2008

Updates

Remploy Frontline's SR3 Single-Piece CBRN Body Armor Delivers New Ease of Use

"This represents a significant breakthrough for the CBRN industry," said John Armstrong, GM of Remploy Frontline. "We have built a new garment that meets the military and first-responder community's requests for lighter, faster, and easier suits."

Updates

Detecting Hazardous Chemicals, Radiological Materials, and Infectious Agents

by James D. Hessman -

New detection systems, built by some of the most innovative companies, play a key role in protecting the homeland from new attacks by terrorist groups equipped with weapons of mass destruction laced with chemical, biological, or radiological materials.

Healthcare

Excellence in Education: Georgia's New CHEC Course

by Gina Piazza -

The duties & responsibilities of hospital emergency coordinators are extremely complex and specialized. A new course of studies sponsored by the Georgia Department of Human Resources provides the framework needed for three levels of CHEC certification.

Resilience

The Intro 650 Debate: NYC's Controversial Threat-Detector Legislation

by Diana Hopkins -

Mayor Bloomberg and the New York City Council say that passage of Intro 650 is essential to protect NYC from future terrorist attacks. Opponents see fatal flaws in the bill, and want answers to some important questions.

Preparedness

Backups for Emergency Satellite Communications

by Kay C. Goss -

In today's fast-moving world comprehensive, rapid, & continuing communications are the key to business success - and, in times of conflict, success on the battlefield as well. But what happens if communications systems are destroyed or made inoperable?

Updates

Smiths Detection's Advanced X-Ray Checkpoints Deployed in Denver International Airport

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has installed 28 Smiths Detection aTiX (Advanced Threat Identification X-rays) units at Denver International airport, making it the second airport to complete a full switch to the advanced systems.

Reports

Government Accountability Office (GAO) Supply Chain Security: U.S. Customs and Border Protection Has Enhanced Its Partnership with Import Trade Sectors, but Challenges Remain in Verifying Security Practices

CBP has taken several steps forward to improve the security validation process, but still faces challenges in verifying that security practices of C-TPAT (Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism) members meet the minimum criteria established.

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Updates

NC4 Provides Government Agencies with New Situational Response Tools in Preparation for Hurricane Season

These new offerings from NC4 Inc. improve situational awareness and informational exchange.

Reports

TSA: Driver's License or Passports Preferred IDs at Checkpoints

Beginning this week (26 May 2008), adult passengers (over the age of 18) are required to show a U.S. federal or state-issued photo identification card.

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Reports

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Reminds Summer Travelers of the 'Three Simple Steps' to Security

As the summer travel season begins, the TSA reminds travelers that coming to the checkpoint fully prepared for the security process will lead to shorter lines and less travel stress.

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Reports

The U.S. Fire Administration and U.S. Department of Transportation Complete Study of Traffic Incident Management Systems

This report provides technical guidance and training programs in traffic incident management for fire and emergency service providers.

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Updates

Prestigious Canadian Firm Selects Leica Geosystems' Advanced Airborne LIDAR System to Redefine Remote Sensing Possibilities

The Leica ALS50-II compact airborne LIDAR system is designed to create highly accurate and much denser digital elevation models, acquire topographical information, and return signal intensity data from numerous airborne platforms.

Updates

Discover the New Mobile-IR Portable FT-IR From Bruker Daltonics

The new Mobile-IR is insensitive to vibration, and all components required for the FT-IR analysis are assembled into a rugged weatherproof transport case that can be ready for operation in a few minutes, and measurements take only seconds to complete.

Updates

New Remote Wireless Video Transmission for MSA's ThermalTrac TIC

The Evolution 5000-Series Transmitter is a self-contained, one-button operation that is an easy-to-deploy remote wireless video transmission system.

Preparedness

Detection Equipment - An Ever Higher Technology Ceiling

by Glen Rudner -

New state-of-the-art detection instruments of all types are now being deployed to determine the presence of and specifically identify a broad spectrum of chemical, biological, and radiological threats threatening the United States and American citizens.

Commentary

Three to Get Ready

by James D. Hessman -

The could-have/should-have (but did not) scenarios of the past serve as abundant reminders that the cost of national preparedness is only a fraction of the much higher cost that must always be paid for not being prepared.

Updates

iSECUREtrac Announces Contract With Kenton County (KY) Detention Center

The Kenton County Detention Center will be using iSECUREtrac's System 5000, which incorporates the industry's most advanced GPS (Global Positioning System) components to provide location and compliance information in real time.

Updates

Successful International Demonstration of Iscon1000's Infrared Security Imaging System

Iscon1000's full-body scanning and imaging technology provides advanced threat-detection technology with the protection of individual health and personal privacy.

Updates

Federal Government Prepared for Hurricane Season

"Government - even with the federal, tribal, state, and local governments working perfectly in sync - is not the entire answer. Everyone is part of the emergency-management process," said FEMA Administrator David Paulison.

Updates

Homeland Security Urges Small Businesses To 'Define Their Day After' Through New Public Service Advertisements

Research conducted by the Ad Council found that more than 85 percent of small businesses understand that emergency preparedness is important, yet only four in ten businesses have plans in place to protect their businesses.

Updates

Kean University Announces An Open House for Their New Certificate of Emergency Management Program

The Open House forum allows potential students to visit the main campus in Union and to meet with faculty and staff to discuss how the Kean Certificate in Emergency Management can help to advance a persons knowledge and experience in emergency management.

Updates

D.C. National Guard Selects SkyPort to Provide Emergency SatCom Solutions

Hardware and dishes will be installed at a number of National Guard facilities in Washington, D.C., to connect guard members to the worldwide communications network in the event of an emergency or loss of the land-based network access.

Updates

Biometric Time and Attendance Terminals to Schlage

Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies will begin to use the Schlage brand security reinforcements on all HandPunch time and attendance terminals.

Updates

Tiburon Awarded Contract to Provide Records Management System (RMS) to Nebraska State Patrol

The new system will allow the State Patrol to consolidate and automate incident information that is currently kept in disparate databases or in paper files, thus providing more effective processing of records and criminal investigations.

Updates

Judge Orders Removal of TASER Electronic Control Device Reference From Three Death Certificates in Akron

The Summit County (Ohio) medical examiner is required to change autopsy findings to remove all references to the TASER electronic-control device as a contributing cause of death in the three cases affected.

Healthcare

Fleet Decontamination During a Pandemic

by Joseph Cahill -

Decontamination, disinfection, and the use of liquid hand cleaners - all are among the most important "weapons" in the first-responder community's fight against a potential flu pandemic. And it's a battle to the death. Literally.

Healthcare

The Design of the Future U.S. Hospital System

by James J. Augustine -

U.S. healthcare officials, working in close cooperation with long-range planners & political decision makers, are already pondering what the nation's future hospital infrastructure should look like. Here are some ideas to consider.

Updates

Smiths Detection's Portable Gas and Vapor Detector Acquired by Yonkers Fire Department for Pope's Recent Visit

Smiths advanced hand-held HGVI (Hazardous Gas & Vapor Identifier) system provides emergency-response workers with a reliable, cutting-edge device that quickly, safely, and accurately identifies unknown vapors and gases.

Updates

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Launches Employee Screening Pilot Programs at Seven Airports

This pilot program focuses on different elements at each airport and ranges from 100 percent physical employee and vehicle screening to evaluations for biometric access controls.

Updates

U.S. Department of Homeland Security CEDAP Program Awarded $5.9 Million to Ahura Scientific, Inc.

The DHS Commercial Equipment Direct Assistance Program (CEDAP) funds the equipment and training needed by smaller communities across the nation to help prevent, deter, and respond to terrorist attacks.

Updates

New Pan Flu Exercise and Training Services From Texas A&M and Simulation Education Services (SES)

The two programs offered are a Pandemic Flu Desktop Exercise Services Set and a Public Health and Hospital Continuity-of-Operations Exercise and Training Services Set.

Updates

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Offers Advice on Wi-Fi Security

This article provides helpful tips on how to protect yourself and your computer from hackers when using a public Wi-Fi network.

Updates

ICx Technologies Awarded $4.8 Million for FIDO

FIDO is an advanced, ultra-sensitive explosives sensor possessing sensitivity levels comparable to those of specially trained canines, which remain the "gold standard" for bomb detection.

Updates

New D Series from Falcon Deadbolt Locks Provides Enhanced Security and Easy Installation

The new D Series deadbolt locks, from Falcon, will secure virtually any commercial door. Fitted with interchangeable cores or conventional cylinders, the locks can be adapted to most manufacturers' key systems.

Updates

Axsys Technologies Receives New $13.5 Million Order for Thermal Weapon Sight Lenses

"This new order solidifies Axsys' position as the premier supplier of infrared lenses for the Thermal Weapons Sight, one of the U.S. military's most important infrared programs," said Scott B. Conner, President & COO of Axsys Technologies.

Updates

First National Security Cutter Delivered to U.S. Coast Guard

Capable of executing the most challenging maritime safety and security missions around the globe, the USCGC Bertholf is the first of eight national security cutters planned to be built for the U.S. Coast Guard.

Updates

Medworxx Collaborates with SES and its President, the Former Vice President for Accreditation Field Operations at The Joint Commission; Announces Availability of Hospital Resiliency Services

Under the terms of the agreement, Medworxx and SES will work together on the creation, operation and maintenance of an emergency readiness advisory council.

Updates

OSI Systems Awarded $4.4 Million Order for TSA's Advanced Technology Program

"We are committed to supporting the TSA's efforts to deploy advanced technology systems at hundreds of airport checkpoints by year's end," stated Ajay Mehra, President Rapiscan Systems.

Healthcare

WebEOC Fusion for Disasters and Everyday Use

by Joseph Cahill -

Flexibility, versatility, and a quantum upgrade in overall capabilities are the biggest selling points of ESi's newest WebEOC system, unveiled last month at the company's fourth annual User Conference in Boston.

Preparedness

Quad City Interoperability Pilot Bolsters Regional Response Capabilities

by Sue Booth -

Cooperation & coordination among and between numerous city agencies and the Raytheon Company produce a best-practice example of how the public and private sectors can, and should, pool their resources to upgrade their collective response capabilities.

Updates

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Continues to Promote Neighborhood Watch Programs at Waterfront

America's Waterway Watch program goes an extra step by calling on ordinary citizens who spend much of their time on America's waterways to assist in the War on Terrorism.

Updates

Scott Health & Safety First to Offer Dual Air-Purifying and SCBA CBRN Protection in One Facepiece

The NIOSH-approved Scott AV-2000 facepiece, which is a CBRN- (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear) approved air-purifying respirator (APR), is the first facepiece that can be converted from CBRN APR to CBRN SCBA application without using tools.

Updates

New Department of Defense Contract Positions University of Maryland University College (UMUC) to Be First U.S. University Serving Troops on the Ground in Iraq

Under this program, UMUC will provide undergraduate liberal arts coursework and several graduate-level programs to U.S. troops stationed in foreign countries, including Iraq.

Updates

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) National-Level Exercise Begins in May

The purpose of NLE 2-08 is to exercise national capabilities to prepare and respond to multiple incidents, including both natural disasters and terrorist incidents.

Updates

Rapiscan Systems Awarded Approximate $1.5 Million Contract Option With DHS Domestic Nuclear Detection Office

The aim of the project is to improve the performance of existing nuclear threat-detection techniques through the development of integrated systems utilizing X-ray and neutron-based inspection methods.

Updates

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Announces New Aviation Security and Traveler Screening Enhancements

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has announced improvements aimed at strengthening the nation's aviation security while decreasing the "hassle factor" for travelers.

Updates

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Announces a Change in the Way That U.S. Law Enforcement Agencies Share Information With the Law Enforcement National Data Exchange (N-DEx)

N-DEx is a national information-sharing system that allows agencies to search and analyze data, using automated capabilities to "connect the dots between people, places, and events."

Updates

Department of Homeland Security Unveils Small-Vessel Security Strategy

The Department of Homeland Security has announced a new Small-Vessel Security Strategy (SVSS) designed to close security gaps and reduce risks associated with the potential exploitation of small maritime vessels.

Updates

U.S. Fire Administration Announces Two New Self-Study Courses Offered by the National Fire Academy

"These new courses incorporate the most recent changes to the National Response Framework and provide an excellent review tool for firefighters," said U.S. Fire Administrator Greg Cade.

Updates

Eight Senior Fire Officials Selected for Harvard's Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program

This 19-day program brings together state and local government officials from across the United States to focus on the complex roles and responsibilities of senior elected, appointed, and career officials.

Updates

RAE Systems Introduces QRAE II Pump Next Generation Confined Space Entry Monitor

The QRAE II is a full-featured, compact, one- to four-sensor toxic gas detector for oxygen, combustibles, hydrogen sulfide, carbon monoxide, or sulfur dioxide.

Updates

Delta Scientific Provides Optional Electro-Mechanical Power Units to Operate Above-Grade Buttresses

Electro-mechanical power unit (plugs into standard 120v/15A wall socket) option now available for DSC501, DSC1200, DSC2000, and TW2015 crash-rated, anti-terrorist-vehicle control barriers.