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Scientists Warn Oregon is Lagging in Disaster Preparedness

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon state lawmakers abandoned a multimillion-dollar project to develop early warning systems for earthquakes and wildfires, and scientists warn that the funding shake-up could endanger public safety and put Oregon further behind other West Coast states in …

9-1-1 System to Increase State and Local Fees in Maryland

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Legislation that would increase state and local 9-1-1 fees in Maryland — part of the Next Generation 9-1-1 initiative that would allow faster communication with emergency responders via text, photos and videos — passed both the House …

New Jersey First Responders Plan to Use Drones for Emergencies

Joe Sterling has spent 36 years as a volunteer with the Leesburg Fire Department, but he’s recently taken on a new title – the township’s very own licensed drone pilot. The township is the first in Cumberland County to have …

Several Drone Near Misses Reported by Emergency Responders

As Jason Thrasher lowered his helicopter to a park with seven firefighters aboard, he saw what he thought was another firefighting chopper battling a blaze that was threatening homes. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection pilot suddenly identified …

Connecticut Revisits Workers’ Comp for First Responders With PTSD

The General Assembly is revisiting whether to grant workers’ compensation coverage for certain first responders suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, such as those who responded to the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Following a couple years of consecutive …

Grant Aids Ohio Township’s Fire Department CPR Efforts

The Jackson Township Fire Department hosted Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) Administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer, who presented a $20,000 Safety Intervention Grant check to Chief Tracy Hogue. The grant will aid in the purchase of cardiac support pumps that will …

Lincoln Disagreement on Firetruck-Pickup Test

Lincoln, Neb., fire officials still disagree on whether first responders with a geared-up pickup can adequately handle some calls that traditionally have been handled by firefighters with fully equipped firetruck. Last May, the department outfitted a pickup and gave captains …

Police Look to Expand Connecticut Workers’ Comp Law

The police union that represents the officers who responded to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting is still hoping to change Connecticut’s law and extend workers’ compensation benefits to first responders who’ve suffered mental illness after experiencing a traumatic event …

Futuristic Technology Will Assist First Responders and Adjusters

To believe that technologies once dreamed of in science fiction novels, television shows, and comic strips may one day be a reality, or that real-world technologies might make the fantastic devices of fiction obsolete, you’d need to be either an …