When it comes to search and rescue (SAR) missions, every minute can mean the difference between life and death. For the men and women coordinating rescue operations, situational awareness is vitally important to SAR helicopter crews. New capabilities are now becoming available to greatly improve distress alerts, communications and crew safety for mission success.

Improving Situational Awareness for Airborne SAR Missions – McMurdo

Guest Editorial By Steve Waters, McMurdo Inc. Airborne search and rescue missions are some of the most dangerous and demanding operations undertaken by military and civilian helicopter aircrews. Usually conducted at night...
Ryan Sommers, chief of the North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District

Recent Storms a Reminder: Are You Prepared for an Emergency?

By the Sierra Sun With all the winter weather we’ve been experiencing over the last week, and more on the way, it’s a good time to review Emergency Preparedness and the importance...
Metcalf Attack

Manhole Sensors Protect our Nation’s Critical Infrastructure (Learn More)

Guest Editorial By John J. Martin, Physicist, Cleveland Electric Laboratories The Metcalf Attack On 16 April 2013, just before 1AM, intruders lifted the heavy cover of a telecom underground utility vault near the Metcalf power...
First Responders (Image Credit: Mitre)

Call For Proposals on Advanced First Responder Technologies (Learn More)

The Israel-U.S. Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Foundation announced a new Call for Proposals for 'NextGen First Responder Technologies' to promote and fund U.S.-Israel joint development in advanced technologies for...
RapidSOS

RapidSOS Equips 911 Centers with Accurate Cellphone Locations (Video)

RapidSOS and Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure have partnered to provide public safety agencies which use Hexagon's Intergraph® Computer-Aided Dispatch (I/CAD) with accurate location and additional data from the RapidSOS NG911 Clearinghouse. Through...
Ladder 18 heading home to Southie. (Image Credit: BFD Twitter)

Boston Fire Dept Dedicates Five New Ladder Trucks (Learn More – Video)

Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Boston Fire Commissioner Joseph E. Finn unveiled the latest additions to the Boston Fire Department's (BFD) fleet at a dedication ceremony at the Engine 14 and...
VESTA®

FL County Moves to NG9-1-1 with Airbus DS Comm VESTA (Learn More)

Hillsborough County's 9-1-1 Administration has selected Airbus DS Communication's VESTA® 9-1-1 solution to put the Florida county on the path to implementing Next-Generation 9-1-1. Airbus DS Communications also will install an IP network...
Trump Inauguration

Massive Security Preparations Under Way for Trump Inauguration (Video)

By Peter Hermann, The Washington Post Security measures related to Friday’s presidential inauguration are already visible, in the form of Jersey barriers placed on the streets near Lafayette Square. Parking restrictions will begin...
Houston Fire Chief Samuel Peña thanks Mayor Turner and LyondellBasell CEO Bob Patel, for their leadership and commitment to the Houston-area fire departments

Donation Supports HazMat Training for Houston-Area Fire Depart’s

LyondellBasell, has made a donation of $100,000 to fund specialized emergency training for six Houston-area fire departments that serve key industrial corridors. The donation will underwrite hazardous materials (HazMat) training scholarships for fire...
Chuck Rosenberg, DEA Administrator

DEA Working with China to Combat Global Synthetic Drug Trafficking

At the invitation of the China Ministry of Public Security (MPS), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg visited China this week to discuss issues of mutual concern and...
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