Product Post: Whelen Century Series Mini Lightbar

The Whelen Century Series Mini Lightbar is a low profile, mini lightbar that provides all the high performance LED warning and signaling benefits in a smaller size that fits all your special applications.

The four linear corner modules have 6 Super-LED in each module and the four inboard modules have 6 TIR style Super-LEDs in each module. Low profile design with polycarbonate dome outer lens and compression fit gasket for superior moisture resistance. The Whelen exclusive Clip-Lock system allows for easy removal of lightbar domes for service, without compromising the weather resistant seal.

Built on a Extruded aluminum platform, this mini lightbar is designed for long-life, reliable performance, ease of operation and serviceability.


Features:

  • Four linear corner modules have 6 Super-LED in each module.
  • Four inboard modules have 6 TIR style Super-LEDs in each module.
  • Standard current switching with 17 Scan-Lock flash patterns and pattern override.
  • Low profile design with polycarbonate dome outer lens and compression fit gasket for superior moisture resistance.
  • The module configuration provides 360° coverage for SAE J845 Class I certification.
  • Clip-Lock system allows for easy removal of lightbar domes for service, without compromising the weather resistant seal.
  • Extruded aluminum platform for rugged, long-life dependability.
  • Available in Amber, Blue, Red and some Split Color combinations.
  • Solid Amber, Blue and Red models available with matching color domes.
  • Some models available with a Clear dome.
  • Size: 16.5″ (420mm) L x 7.75″ (197mm) W x 2.375″ (61mm) H.

Stud mount version includes: Stud mount bracket and hardware.

Magnetic mount version includes:

  • 4 – 90 lb magnets.
  • A 10 foot cord and cigarette plug and on/off switch and momentary (pattern) switch.

An optional Vacuum/Magnetic Mounting Kit is available below.

Whelen Five Year HDP (Heavy-Duty Professional) Warranty on LEDs

WARNING: Under no circumstance should a magnetic mount light be used on a vehicle in motion. Doing so will violate all warranties and eliminate the possibility of returns or exchanges.

Product Post: Federal Signal Pro LED Beacon

The Pro LED Beacon provides an effective warning signal that meets SAE Class 1 (Amber, Blue, Red, White), Title CAC 13 (Amber, Blue, Red) and NFPA Upper (Amber and Red). Additionally, the Pro LED Beacon has FSLink™ syncing technology that will allow for Pro LED Beacons and other Federal Signal products with FSLink to sync or alternately flash patterns to create a unified look.

Each Pro LED Beacon has (25) built-in flash patterns, low power function, and two flashing modes. Select models are available with an auto-dimming function. Branch guards for both the tall and short dome versions are available as an accessory.

Features

  • SAE Class 1 (Amber, Blue, Red, White)
  • CAC Title 13 (Amber, Blue, Red)
  • NFPA Upper (Tall models; Amber and Red)

The Pro LED Beacon is a versatile warning beacon built for a variety of applications and is available in tall and short dome versions in single or dual color utilizing the following colors – Amber, Blue, Green, Red and White. The e-coated and powder painted metal base of the Pro LED Beacon has a built-in permanent/1-inch pipe mount that allows for flexibility when mounting. If you’re driving a work truck or fire engine, the Pro LED Beacon is an ideal warning solution for you.

Historic New York Fire Engine Receives Its Old Siren – 56 Years Later

By J.T. Messinger

At their monthly meeting Monday night, the Winchester Volunteer Company had a few special guests. Dan Meyer Jr. is the son of Dan Meyer Sr. who himself was the son of Frank Meyer, a World War 2 veteran and volunteer firefighter at Winchester for 49 years.

“His favorite part of volunteer firefighting wasn’t fighting the fires but the beer inside,” said Dan Meyer Jr. “Which I think you caught a picture of.”

When the company decommissioned and sold it’s fire engine back in 1963, Frank Meyer removed the truck’s siren and kept it. When he passed, the siren went to Dan Meyer Sr.

“My father…decided to take it to local ball games and events in the Winchester/West Seneca area and anytime someone would score would score a run they would crank it up,’ Dan Meyer Jr. said.

In 2001, the department was contacted by man who happened across the engine in a field in Pennsylvania and was going to scrap it, but looked up the name printed on the side of the vehicle and contacted the department. Instead of scrapping it, the engine was donated back to the department and restored in 2004, missing one specific piece. 

In January, Dan Meyer Sr. passed away and Dan Meyer Jr. came across the siren and decided to donate it back to the department, making the refurbished engine whole again for the first time in 56 years.

“It’s a cool connection with the town of West Seneca, with the local community,” Dan Meyer Jr. said. “It’s something that my father always wanted to do and we’re honoring him by giving it back in my grandfather, his father’s, name.”

“Life happens, but it’s cool that he kept a piece of memory never thinking that 20 years, 30 years after he passed away that the engine would come back to the town that he was originally from,” he said.

Chilean Fire Department Orders 8 New Trucks From Spartan Emergency Response

The Spartan Emergency Response group, which is a business unit of Spartan Motors, Inc., is excited to announce a big order from the National Fire Departments Association (Junta Nacional de Cuerpos de Bomberos) in Chile. The Junta Nacional de Cuerpos de Bomberos has placed an order for eight new trucks, built on the custom Spartan chassis, to complete its fleet, which already features 114 Spartan models including 10 units that were delivered as recently as 2018.

Photo Courtesy of FireFighterNation.com

The partnership between the Junta Nacional de Cuerpos de Bomberos and Spartan is strong. Since 2012, Spartan has been supplying the department with customized products and vehicles that have been designed with Chile’s geography in mind. The Junta Nacional de Cuerpos de Bomberos uses their Spartan-made rigs for many different types of operations such as fire extinguishing missions and rescue operations, as well as salvage, overhaul, and ventilation calls.

“In the midst of serving communities around the world faced with natural disasters and dense populations across diverse geographies, first responder safety remains our top priority,” said Todd Fierro, President of Spartan Emergency Response. “Our universal impact starts with the men and women who put trust in our team and our products.   Our earned reputation as having a safe, reliable, and consistent product, regardless of the level of customization, goes beyond borders.”

The eight new trucks on order will be built to the specifications of the Junta Nacional de Cuerpos de Bomberos with help from their Chile-located Spartan dealer, Pesco S.A.

The rigs will feature C7 and C8 ladder tender designs: the C7 helps to maximize the space for other ground ladders and personnel in the cab of the truck, while the C8 maximize space in addition to carrying firefighters on the apparatus. The C8 also comes with exposed side-mounted ladders which help with quick access and deployment.

California Lawmakers Give Victims Chance to Confront Offenders in New Program

A new California program will give victims an opportunity to heal and offenders the opportunity to repent – but will it work?

A new diversion program that allows victims to confront their offenders will be put in place in a county with high offense rates and funded by $5 million for five years. The program will be open to offenders of any age, who can sign up for it before they are convicted. Those who complete the program will avoid having a criminal record.

This type of program has been tried before, mostly with juvenile offenders, but those in favor of the program believe direct dialogue between victim and offender can lead to healing on the victim’s part. It is also thought to reduce reoffending, as offenders who do not carry around a criminal record may be less likely to resort to crime in the future.

A similar program run in San Joaquin County processed 76 offenders in 3.5 years. Only 3 of the graduates went on to commit new crimes.

Joyce Tuhan, right, president of Victims of Violent Crimes of San Joaquin County, whose daughter was killed by a drunk driver in 1999, discusses a restorative justice program that she participates in, during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif., Monday, July 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
Joyce Tuhan, right, is the president of Victims of Violent Crimes of San Joaquin County. She discusses the benefits of engaging in a restorative justice program, as her daughter was killed by a drunk driver in 1999 and working with the Victims of Violent Crimes of San Joaquin County program has helped her heal. Photo Courtesy of Rich Pedroncelli and AP

Senator Steve Glazer of Orinda helped campaign for the funding for the program. He believes the program will give victims the chance to move on with their lives, while offering the opportunity to offenders to make it right.

“The goal of restorative justice is to give victims a chance to receive true justice in a much more personal way than our current system allows,” said Senator Glazer, in an interview with AP’s Don Thompson. “At the same time, the program gives offenders a chance to make amends directly to the victim.”

Who is eligible to partake in the program? Officials will offer offenders with a fairly short criminal history who have committed serious crimes that involve a high degree of violence the chance to participate. Offenders charged with sex or murder crimes will not be able to join the program, though people charged with robbery, home burglary, or assault are invited to make amends to their victims.

The programs will be tailored to each specific case. The victim, offender, law enforcement, defense attorneys, and members of community groups will work together to draw up a program that benefits both victim and offender. These programs can include courses like job preparation and counseling, as well as substance abuse treatment if appropriate.

Victims can even ask for financial restitution, if the crime caused them to incur high hospital bills or miss work. Offenders are offered the chance to lessen their prison sentence, though the full sentence will be reinstated if they do not complete the program.

One of the biggest proponents for the program is Adnan Khan. Adnan Khan, the co-founder and co-executive director of Re:store Justice, inspired Senator Glazer to move forward with the project and seek funds to run the program. He believes restorative justice is the best way for victim and offender to move forward. Khan served 16 years of a life murder sentence at San Quentin State Prison.

“This will provide an opportunity for people to truly understand why they did what they did, so then they can be accountable, and so then they can continue making amends,” Khan said in an interview with AP’s Don Thompson.

Product Post: Whelen Inner Edge FST

The newly designed, low-profile Inner Edge FST Series better utilizes vehicle contours, providing higher visibility and a custom fit. Whelen’s all-new, Proclera Silicone Optics increase clarity and have the power to punch through tints. The Inner Edge FST Series is available with SOLO, DUO, or TRIO technology.

The Inner Edge FST Series now features BroadBand Blue. BroadBand Blue delivers a higher intensity, creates a larger optical image, and produces a more consistent color, all while being easier on the eyes, especially at night.

• Meets SAE Class 1 and California Title XIII specifications
• Mounts to visor anchor points
• Available as passenger side only or driver and passenger side
• 38 Scan-Lock flash patterns
• Available in Red, Amber, White, and NEW BroadBand Blue
• Low Current models are available with SOLO light modules
• WeCan models are fully programmable, providing individual control of each color, and are available with SOLO, DUO, or TRIO interleaved light modules
• NEW Proclera Optic Technology features 100% silicone internal optics
• Vehicle specific housing minimizes flashback to vehicle passengers
• 17′ cable included
• Ships fully assembled
• 12 VDC
• Five or six lamps (per side)
• Depth and height vary by vehicle model
 

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Earthquakes Rock Californians as They Prepare for the Big One

Two of the biggest earthquakes to strike California in the last several decades have left residents determined to prepare for the big quake that scientists have predicted is imminent.

$16 million dollars have been allocated to fund earthquake sensors that will warn trains and utilities of an incoming quake with enough time for operators to power down and wait out the jolts.

The California Governor, Gavin Newsom, has encouraged residents to plan escape routes and have emergency earthquake kits prepared for when the “Big One” strikes.

A fireman wades through the wreckage of a home that caught fire during the July 6 earthquake in Ridgecrest, California. Photo Courtesy of AP and Marcio Jose Sanchez

“It is a wake-up call for the rest of the state and other parts of the nation, frankly,” said Newsom at a Saturday news conference focused on efforts to aid areas worst hit by the two earthquakes.

Thursday saw a 6.4 magnitude earthquake followed by an earthquake of 7.1 magnitude on Friday. The vibrations were felt most strongly in a small town just 150 miles outside of Los Angeles called Ridgecrest.

Several houses caught fire in the town as gas lines split open from the jolts. Highways crumbled in some areas. Luckily no one was serious injured or killed by the quakes, as the town is remote and sparsely populated enough that a small number of people were affected.

“Any time that we can go through a 7-point earthquake and we do not report a fatality, a major injury, do not suffer structure damage that was significant, I want to say that that was a blessing and a miracle,” Kern County Fire Department spokesman Andrew Freeborn said Sunday to Associated Press reporters.

In a major city, seismologists hypothesize that a quake of a similar magnitude would have devastating effects. Bridges, highways, and buildings are at risk of collapse during earthquakes of magnitude 6 and higher.

“We’re going to have a magnitude 6, on average, somewhere in Southern California every few years. We’ve actually gone 20 years without one, so we have had the quietest 20 years in the history of Southern California,” said seismologist Lucy Jones of the California Institute of Technology in an interview with the Associated Press.

“That’s unlikely to continue on the long run,” she added. “Geology keeps on moving … and we should be expecting a higher rate. And when it happens near people, it is going to be a lot worse.”

As the “Big One” looms, residents are advised to pack non-perishable food and water, batteries and flashlights, and all other necessary items in case of an emergency. Develop and communicate an escape route to your family so that everyone is aware of what to do in the event of a major earthquake.

Firefighters Wanted for Winston-Salem, North Carolina Fire Department, Application Closes July 21, 2019

If you’re a North Carolina-based firefighter looking for work, or interested in becoming a firefighter, the Winston-Salem Fire and Rescue squad may be the right place for you. The North Carolina fire department is looking to hire firefighters, with an application deadline of July 21, 2019.

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More about the Role:

Deadline to Apply: July 21, 2019

Salary: $37,590.00 Annually Annually

Job Description:

Under the immediate supervision of a company officer, works to minimize the effects of natural and manmade disasters by delivering community risk reduction programs and by responding to fire, medical, and technical rescue emergencies.. Examples of Duties:1. Actively participate in activities related to risk reduction programs and pre-incident analysis.
2. Respond to emergencies and work as part of team to bring various emergencies under control, including medical incidents, fires, hazardous materials incidents, and heavy/technical rescue situations.
3. Assist in maintaining facilities and grounds, fire apparatus, tools, and equipment.
4. Actively participate in training classes, drills, and continuing education.
5. Ensure operational readiness of tools, equipment, and apparatus.
6. Maintain physical fitness and mental toughness required to perform effectively as a firefighter.
7. Follow departmental and City policies.
8. Perform other duties, including some administrative, as directed.

Skills/Ability to:

1. Wear self-contained breathing apparatus and be comfortable with the resulting increased respiratory effort and decreased vision and range of motion.
2. Climb six or more flights of stairs while wearing or carrying 50 pounds of gear and tools/equipment.
3. Climb ladders and operate from heights of at least 100 feet.
4. Be comfortable operating in the dark and in confined spaces, in high or low temperatures, in inclement weather, and over uneven terrain.
5. Sit, stand, walk, run, crawl, jog, crouch, and kneel for short and long periods of time.
6. Hear and speak well enough to communicate via telephone, radio, and in person at distances up to 50 feet and over high background noise.
7. Stamina to meet physical and mental demands during an extended emergency.
8. Read and interpret various technical documents, manuals, and trade journals.
9. Communicate clearly and concisely, both in writing and speech.
10. Function as a team player with excellent interpersonal skills.
11. Amiably interact with members of the public, coworkers, and other emergency services agency members.
12. Work a rotating shift schedule including nights, weekends, and holidays.
13. Occasionally travel out of town or out of state for several days at a time.
14. Obtain and maintain a class “B” North Carolina Driver License
15. Pass a pre-employment and annual medical exam adhering to the standards contained in NFPA 1582: Standard on Comprehensive Occupational Medical Program for Fire Departments and an annual physical fitness-for-duty test.

Minimum Qualifications:

1. High school diploma or GED equivalent
2. State-issued Class “C” driver license
3. Must be at least 18 years of age on the first day of recruit school
4. Successfully complete all required pre-hire qualifications

Training and Certifications

Applicants who are successfully hired as a recruit firefighter/EMT must become a certified firefighter by the North Carolina Fire & Rescue Commission and as an emergency medical technician by the North Carolina Office of EMS. All training required to meet the necessary qualifications of a firefighter/EMT is provided by the Winston-Salem Fire Department and recruits receive salary and benefits during the approximate six-month training academy. One is not required to have any fire or emergency medical experience prior to submitting an application and no preference is given to applicants who do possess prior experience or are already certified. However, individuals who are certified at the time of hire may not have to complete the entire training program. An approximate six-week orientation and evaluation process will be conducted for those already certified and, if acceptable knowledge, skills, and abilities are demonstrated, these individuals may be exempted from the full training regimen. The State of North Carolina grants certification reciprocity for firefighter from both IFSAC and ProBoard states. For information on out-of-state EMT reciprocity, please visit https://www.ncems.org/

 Supplemental Information:1. Lift, carry or move objects up to 75 lbs.
2. Ability to drive departmental vehicles.
3. Physically fit enough to carry fire equipment as needed, walk over rough terrain, climb hills, load and unload vehicles, and work outdoors for long periods of time in all types of weather conditions and to safely wear and work in a self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) without medical or physical restrictions.
4. Ability to pass an annual NFPA 1582-compliant physical and an annual fitness-for-duty test.

 
Firefighter Trainee Salary
No Degree —————–$37,590.00
Associates Degree ——–$39,469.50
Bachelor’s Degree———-$41,349.00
Certified Firefighter Salary
No Degree —————- $39,469.50
Associates Degree ——–$41,442.98
Bachelor’s Degree———-$43,416.45

How to Apply: The full job description and application can be found HERE.

Firefighters and Paramedics Wanted in Sheboygan Wisconsin, Job Deadline Dec. 31, 2019

Are you a firefighter or paramedic looking for work and are living in Wisconsin or willing to relocate? The City of Sheboygan, Wisconsin is looking to hire firefighters and paramedics with an application deadline of December 31, 2019.

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Some specifics about the job:

Deadline to Apply: December 31, 2019

Salary: $48,751.56 Annually

Job Description:

Summary of Job

Under supervision and as part of a team, this position is responsible for saving lives and property by suppressing fires, mitigating hazardous materials incidents, providing emergency medical care and transportation to the sick and injured, educating the public with regard to safety as well as providing various rescue services. This position is responsible for rapidly and efficiently performing various duties under emergency conditions, frequently involving considerable hazard.  Persons holding this position must carry out the specific orders and directions of superior officers in firefighting, training, cleaning and   maintenance duties as well as in the delivery of emergency medical care. Considerable independence of judgment and action is also necessary in circumstances of extreme urgency where referral to a superior for instruction is not practicable.

Responsibilities

*As a member of a team, responds to fire, emergency medical, rescue and hazardous materials incidents.

*Works in hazardous environments while performing various tasks and while wearing a closed circuit, self-contained breathing apparatus as well as other protective equipment necessary for safe operations.

*Operates as a member of a team and utilizes the necessary tools in areas of specialty rescue, including, but not limited to, rope rescue, confined space rescue, trench rescue and water/ice rescue.

*Performs general tasks related to fire suppression such as operating portable fire extinguishers, advancing, connecting, and handling fire supply hose lines, deploying salvage covers, ventilating buildings and operating various firefighting appliances.

*Performs examination of patients at the appropriate level of licensure to determine primary and secondary medical problems by using questioning, physical examination and use of diagnostic equipment.

*Drives, operates and assists in maintaining the fire apparatus, equipment and facilities of the department.

*Administers medications and medical interventions according to established protocols.

*Communicates accurately with emergency room staff regarding reports of patient’s history, physical condition and treatment both in person and via phone or radio system.

*Attends and participates in training programs delivered or sponsored by the department in areas deemed related to the job.

*Functions under an organized plan of medical control protocols and operating guidelines.

*Supervises other firefighters when qualified and acting as Lieutenant or other supervisory position in their absence.

*When qualified, assists with training of other department members in emergency medical care.

*Acts as paramedic preceptor while working with paramedic students from outside educational institutions.

*Performs inspections of businesses and other occupancies for fire and life safety as well as code compliance.

*Delivers public education programs on safety, medical, and fire prevention to members of the community.

Completes reports related to fire and medical response according to accepted industry best practices and the policies and procedures of the department.

Performs other related work as required.

*Essential Functions

Qualifications & Education

Minimum Requirements must be met at time of hire:

  • Minimum age:18 years old
  • High School diploma/GED
  • Firefighter I & II
  • EMT:Paramedic certificate licensed to practice in the state of Wisconsin
  • NIMS 100 & 200
  • Current CPAT certificate (Obtained less than 1 year from the time of application)
  • Valid Wisconsin Drivers License

Other Qualifications Required

  • Working knowledge of the operation of all apparatus and equipment as well as methods   used in fire prevention, fire suppression and rescue operations.
  • Considerable knowledge of pre-hospital emergency medical care.
  • Working  knowledge of rules and regulations of the Fire Department.
  • Working knowledge of the maintenance of equipment and buildings.
  • Working knowledge of building materials, building construction, and anticipated collapse patterns.
  • Working knowledge of water systems and water mains.
  • Ability to react quickly and remain calm under duress and strain.
  • Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions.
  • Ability  to  learn new firefighting methods rapidly as new industrial and building materials are introduced.
  • Skill in the operation of all firefighting and rescue equipment including motor vehicles.
  • Working knowledge of hydraulics and ability to produce effective fire streams.
  • Interest and willingness to assist in community efforts.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • General computer aptitude for report writing, training and internal communications.
  • Ability to keep accurate records and make out reports.
  • Will complete and maintain appropriate minimum certifications and licensure necessary for the assigned position.

Job Knowledge and Skills

*As a member of a team, responds to fire, emergency medical, rescue and hazardous materials incidents.

*Works in hazardous environments while performing various tasks and while wearing a closed circuit, self-contained breathing apparatus as well as other protective equipment necessary for safe operations.

*Operates as a member of a team and utilizes the necessary tools in areas of specialty rescue, including, but not limited to, rope rescue, confined space rescue, trench rescue and water/ice rescue.

*Performs general tasks related to fire suppression such as operating portable fire extinguishers, advancing, connecting, and handling fire supply hose lines, deploying salvage covers, ventilating buildings and operating various firefighting appliances.

*Performs examination of patients at the appropriate level of licensure to determine primary and secondary medical problems by using questioning, physical examination and use of diagnostic equipment.

*Drives, operates and assists in maintaining the fire apparatus, equipment and facilities of the department.

*Administers medications and medical interventions according to established protocols.

*Communicates accurately with emergency room staff regarding reports of patient’s history, physical condition and treatment both in person and via phone or radio system.

*Attends and participates in training programs delivered or sponsored by the department in areas deemed related to the job.

*Functions under an organized plan of medical control protocols and operating guidelines.

*Supervises other firefighters when qualified and acting as Lieutenant or other supervisory position in their absence.

*When qualified, assists with training of other department members in emergency medical care.

*Acts as paramedic preceptor while working with paramedic students from outside educational institutions.

*Performs inspections of businesses and other occupancies for fire and life safety as well as code compliance.

*Delivers public education programs on safety, medical, and fire prevention to members of the community.

Completes reports related to fire and medical response according to accepted industry best practices and the policies and procedures of the department.

Performs other related work as required.

*Essential Functions

How to Apply: The full job description and application can be found HERE.

Product Post: Feniex Fusion Arrow Board

The Feniex Fusion Arrow Board features the innovative multi-color technology and is engineered on the Fusion platform. Combining the Fusion 800 and four Fusion 200 Light Sticks, the single color arrow board has 16 flash patterns available. Your choice of 40° optics for long range penetration or 180° optics for a wide light spread.

 The Fusion Arrow Board has built-in surface mount hardware, making for easy installation. The Feniex Fusion Arrow Board is the most advanced and cost effective arrow board in the market. Plus it’s made right here, in the United States of America.

Color options available are All Amber or Custom. Optics options are All 40° optics, All 180° optics, or Custom. If you choose Custom on either dropdown we will contact you for configuration.

Features

  • Choice of 180° or 40° light spread optics per module.
  • Available Colors: A, B, G, R, W.
  • 16 flash patterns for single color.
  • Rugged weather-resistant enclosure.
  • Encased in Rugged, aluminum extrusion.
  • Built in surface mount hardware.
  • Made in the USA

Capabilities: 

  • 1 programmable mode
  • Directional Patterns
  • Takedown or Work-Light

Specifications

  • Input Voltage: 12 VDC
  • Current Draw: 6 Amps
  • Single Color: 96 high power 4 Watt Cree LEDs
  • Certifications: SAE J595, CT13, SAE J1119
  • Dimensions: 15.05″ H x 42.55″ L x 2.7″ W.
  • Cable Harness length: 10 Feet

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Research Shows Load-Bearing Vests Are Better than Traditional Duty Belts

By Judy Berthiaume / Reposted with permission from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire

The Eau Claire Police Department is making a significant change to how officers carry their equipment after a UW-Eau Claire research team determined that load-bearing vests are a safe and healthier alternative to the traditional duty belt.

Deputy Chief of Police Matt Rokus (left) issues Eau Claire police officer Mark Vang his load-bearing vest. (Photo/University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire)
Deputy Chief of Police Matt Rokus (left) issues Eau Claire police officer Mark Vang his load-bearing vest. (Photo/University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire)

Officers who carry most of their equipment – which often weighs close to 30 pounds – on vests rather than duty belts experience significantly less hip and lower-back pain, the study found.

“The findings are clear and they are significant,” said Dr. Jeff Janot, a professor of kinesiology and the faculty lead on a six-month study that involved UW-Eau Claire, ECPD and Mayo Clinic Health System. “While the vests weigh more, the weight is more evenly distributed so there is less strain on the hips and lower back.”

Researchers also determined that the vests do not limit the officers’ range of motion or create other issues that would be problematic for the officers from a safety standpoint, said Chantal Bougie, a senior kinesiology major from Oshkosh and the student lead on the research project.

“We didn’t find any unintended consequences from wearing the load-bearing vest that would cause health or safety issues for the officers,” Bougie said.

Given the study results, the ECPD already has begun to transition some of its 100 sworn officers from the duty belts to the load-bearing vests, said Matt Rokus, deputy chief of police for the ECPD.

“The health and well-being of our officers is our priority,” said Rokus, noting that lower-back pain is a significant health issue for law enforcement personnel everywhere. “This study shows empirically that transitioning to the load-bearing vests is the right thing to do for our officers and our community.”

ECPD officers still will wear duty belts, but they will hold only guns and TASERs. The radio, hand cuffs, flashlight and other gear officers always have on them will be carried on the vests instead, Rokus said.

Fifteen Eau Claire police officers volunteered to be part of the university’s study. For three months, some officers wore load-bearing vests, provided by The Vest Man company, while the others carried gear on the duty belts. The officers wearing belts then switched to vests, and those wearing vests went back to belts for three months.

After every shift, the officers self-reported and self-recorded any discomfort and rated the level of lower-back discomfort, giving researchers extensive data from a six-month period.

The 15 officers who participated in the study already have been issued their vests and began wearing them immediately. The research partners in the study – UW-Eau Claire, the city of Eau Claire and Mayo Clinic Health System – shared the costs of the 15 vests being used by the officers who volunteered to participate in the research. As funding allows, the ECPD will purchase additional vests so every officer will have one, Rokus said, noting that vests cost $300 each so it will take some time to purchase them all.

All officers go through extensive use-of-force training, which results in muscle memory that they rely on when accessing their equipment. As officers transition to the vests, they will be retrained to create that same reflexive response, Rokus said.

“This is a significant investment given the costs of the vests and the training,” Rokus said. “It’s an investment we will make because we have the information from UW-Eau Claire’s research to support our decision. We know this is good for the health of our officers.”

That’s good news for Cory Reeves, who said that after five years as an officer with the ECPD he’s already experiencing hip and lower-back pain from long hours of sitting in his squad car, walking his beat or apprehending suspects, all while carrying the heavy gear around his waist.

“As soon as I put the vest on, I noticed the difference,” said Reeves. “I wore the duty belt the first three months, and noticed an immediate difference when I put on the vest for the last three months. It’s a lot more comfortable. It was easier to spend long hours on the job when I was wearing the vest.”

Officer Breanna Montgomery said the vest allows her to sit up straight in her squad car, something that isn’t possible with the fully equipped belt. Since she spends many hours in her vehicle completing paperwork and other tasks, the awkward sitting position strains her back, she says.

“When I have the vest on, instead of sitting curved forward, I can sit up straight,” said Montgomery, who has been an Eau Claire police officer for more than three years. “Also, when I’m on calls, if I’m standing for a long time, I don’t have extra weight on my waist so it’s more comfortable and easier on my back.”

While it is impossible to eliminate all the health-related challenges that police officers face, the vest does address issues with lower-back pain, which is among the most common health problem reported by officers, especially patrol officers, Rokus said.

“Policing is a physically demanding profession,” said Rokus. “Officers spend a lot of time in their vehicles because they use them as their offices. They also often stand to talk to people or hold suspects, or chase a combative suspect, all while carrying 30 pounds of police equipment on their waists.”

As a result, many officers experience constant back pain, diminishing the quality of their lives, Rokus said. They also miss patrol shifts because of back issues, which leads to staffing shortages, overtime costs and worker comp claims, he said.

“The health improvement for our officers is important,” Rokus said of the vests. “But there also should be a reduction in health care cost and lost time due to injury, which is good for our community.”

Knowing the strain that the heavy belt puts onto officers’ backs during their 10-hour shifts, the researchers anticipated that their study would find that the vests would ease back pain, Bougie said.

“But we were surprised by just how big of a difference the vests made in how the officers rated their pain,” Bougie said. “When the officers went from the vest to the belt, there were really big jumps up in the levels of pain they reported.”

Other than a study in Sweden, Janot said he doesn’t know of any other research on this issue.

Given its importance and the limited research done, interest in UW-Eau Claire’s findings is significant and widespread among law enforcement agencies, Janot said.

“The vest-versus-belt issue sounds like a fairly simple question but it’s actually very complicated,” said Janot. “Law enforcement agencies all over want to know if the vests can help address officers’ back problems. Like in Eau Claire, they want data that will help them make an informed decision.”

Since the study was announced in the spring, Janot has been contacted by dozens of law enforcement agencies from across the country asking about the results.

This winter, the UW-Eau Claire research team will present its findings to top law enforcement officials from agencies across Wisconsin.

“It’s exciting to partner with our community, but it’s also exciting to know that our work may make a difference far beyond Eau Claire,” Janot said.

Bougie said it’s incredible to know that her work as a student researcher will make a positive difference in the quality of the lives of police officers here and elsewhere.

“Knowing I am helping these police officers who keep us safe is pretty special,” said Bougie, who plans to work as a physical therapist after graduate school. “It feels like I am giving them something in return for what they do for all of us. That’s an amazing feeling.”

While the vests-versus-belts question is at the center of their project, the researchers also built a biometric profile of more than three dozen active-duty police officers, giving the ECPD a look at the overall health status of its officers, Janot said.

The biometric screenings tested things like the officers’ flexibility, spinal mobility, core endurance, aerobic fitness, upper-body endurance and lower-body strength.

These screenings give the ECPD a baseline that they can use to identify strategies to improve the overall health, well-being and readiness of their officers, and to identify possible underlying issues that contribute to officers’ health issues, Janot said.

“Having the answers to a lot of small questions can be used to make a big difference,” Janot said.

The information gained from the screenings will be used as part of the ECPD’s ongoing wellness programming, Rokus said.

By expanding its research to include the biometric screenings, researchers provided the ECPD with important information about the health of its officers, and UW-Eau Claire students gained valuable experience using high-end equipment as part of a real-world study, Janot said.

Given the success of the project with the ECPD, Janot hopes to continue to work with the department and to partner with other local agencies to help them solve problems.

“We have the students, cutting-edge technology and expertise to gather the information the ECPD and other agencies need to address a variety of problems,” Janot said. “We’ve shared our data with the ECPD, but we’re not done yet. Interest in this study is extremely high so we will share what we learned, but also are looking for ways to build on it.”

UW-Eau Claire faculty involved in the vest research include Janot; Dr. Nick Beltz, assistant professor; Dr. Saori Braun, assistant professor; and Dr. Marquell Johnson, associate professor. Student researchers include Bougie, Anna Kohler, Sierra Freid, Maddy Downing, Jessica Nagel and Lindsey Opelt. Dr. Andrew Floren of Mayo Clinic Health System helped UW-Eau Claire researchers design the study.

For more information about the police vest research, contact Dr. Jeff Janot, professor of kinesiology, at 715-836-5333 or janotjm@uwec.edu, or Matt Rokus, deputy chief of police, at 715-839-4979 or Matt.Rokus@eauclairewi.gov.


About the author
Judy Berthiaume is the IMC’s chief storyteller, sharing stories about the many exceptional people that make UW-Eau Claire such a phenomenal place. She talks with students, faculty, staff and alumni to find and to share their successes, initiatives, challenges and dreams with the campus community and the world beyond.

Chicago boosts police presence to tamp down July 4 violence

By Don Babwin
Associated Press

CHICAGO — Chicago’s police department is following a familiar playbook for the July 4 holiday by flooding the street with officers and arresting dozens of people on drugs and weapons charges in the hopes of keeping them locked up during what is typically one of the most violent weekends of the year.

On Wednesday, Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced that more than 1,500 extra officers will hit the streets, parks and lakefront.

Fireworks explode over Lake Michigan in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Fireworks explode over Lake Michigan in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

The department said uniformed and undercover officers will be assigned to the lakefront and Navy Pier during the annual fireworks show that’s expected to attract hundreds of thousands of people, and they’ll be working known crime hotspots in the city for the entire weekend.

At a news conference Wednesday, police talked about three separate operations over the past 30 days that resulted in a total of 170 arrests on gun and narcotics charges, the seizure of 38 guns and hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of illegal drugs. They said the most recent effort, called “Operation Independence,” ended Tuesday with the arrests of 77 people — 34 of whom are convicted felons.

The department has conducted similar operations ahead of the three warm weather holidays — Memorial Day, July 4 and Labor Day — in previous years, and they make no secret of the timing; they try to net as many people who are disproportionately involved in violent crime either as suspects or victim on days when the crowds in the city’s parks, tourist areas and streets are historically the largest.

“That’s always the goal,” First Deputy Superintendent Anthony Riccio said Wednesday. “If we can take them out of play for that whole time or part of that time, it’s going to make those communities a safer place.”

Police have added 1,000 more regular officers in recent years and expanded the use of gunshot detection technology and other high tech crime fighting equipment, resulting in a drop in violent crime. Just this week, the department announced there were fewer homicides and shootings in the first six months of 2019 than during the same period in each of the previous three years.

At the same time, in a city that continues to have far more homicides than New York and Los Angeles, there continues to be eruptions of violence. Last weekend, 50 people were shot. And despite the deployment of an extra 1,200 officers in the city, at least 43 people were shot over Memorial Day weekend, seven of them fatally.

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All New ECCO Alarms Hit the Market to Combat Noise Pollution

ECCO’s line of tonal, smart and multi-frequency alarms are designed to keep your operators safe while maintaining the quality of life in the communities that you serve every day.  It is a delicate balancing act and these safety solutions are up to the task.

Did you know that according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics about 70 workers die each year in the US due to commercial vehicle reversing accidents? ECCO know that reversing accidents can result in serious injury and expensive damage to vehicles and equipment. That’s why they designed a line of back-up alarms to protect workers, the public, and your company assets. Worried your neighbors will be irritated by the noise? ECCO thought of that, too, so they created an extensive line of Noise Pollution Solutions.

From light-duty trucks to off-road, heavy-duty vehicles, ECCO has an alarm to meet your safety needs. These products have been put through the ringer and are built to perform where you work, under any conditions.

The new Smart Alarms self-adjust to varying environmental noise by continually listening and reacting to ambient sound levels adjusting their output to 5 dB(A) above to ensure their sound is audible without creating a nuisance. It’s the smartest way to ensure OSHA compliance and eliminate noise complaints – available in tonal and multi-frequency models.

When considering which alarm is right for you, first choose between a tonal alarm and a multi-frequency alarm. Industry experts have suggested either can provide an effective warning and each has its merits.

Wondering what the difference is between tonal and multi-frequency? Tonal alarms emit sound at a single predominant frequency resulting in the familiar ‘beep-beep’ warning signal that we’ve all grown accustomed to. Conversely, multi-frequency alarms emit sound at multiple frequencies within a narrow band resulting in a ‘shhh-shhh’ warning sound. There is no scientific evidence to prove either sound is more effective than the other in a reversing vehicle application. However, there are several points of view that should be considered when choosing between the two.

Next up, you must choose an alarm with the appropriate sound pressure level (SPL). OSHA requires a reverse alarm to be audible above the surrounding noise level. If you know the ambient noise level and it remains reasonably constant then the appropriate fixed dB alarm can be selected, whether tonal or multi-frequency.

The key is complying with the requirements of OSHA while selecting the lowest SPL alarm possible so as not to create a noise nuisance. Fortunately, ECCO pioneered another solution — the Smart Alarm®, available in either tonal or multifrequency. Smart Alarms monitor ambient noise automatically and adjust their output to 5dB above that, satisfying OSHA’s requirements. Perfect for worksites with inconsistent noise or varying noise levels.

After decades of innovation, there is more to an alarm today than meets the ear. Learn the differences between tonal and multi-frequency alarms as well as other features. To explore your options and discover which alarm works best for your application, give Sirennet a call at 503-670-4700.

Product Post: Whelen Responder LP CON3 Super-LED Mini Lightbar

The Whelen Responder LP CON3 Super-LED Mini Lightbar is a low profile, mini lightbar that provides all the high performance LED warning and signaling benefits in a smaller size that fits all your special applications.

Super-LED modules in a rugged polycarbonate base are built to take the roughest conditions and long hours you face. They’re road tested, vibration and moisture resistant and use much lower current than other warning lights.

If you’re in the utility, security, fleet, construction or public works sector, this is the light for you.

Feature:

  • 100,000 hour rated life.
  • 6 Super-LED, conical (CON3) modules.
  • Built-in electronic flasher with 46 Scan-Lock flash patterns plus 4 simulated rotating patterns.
  • Action-Scan is the default flash pattern.
  • Permanent mount includes 6″ pigtail.
  • Polycarbonate dome with smooth exterior will not gather dirt and dust.
  • Class 1, SAE J845 Certified.
  • Voltage: 12 VDC
  • Current: 3.0 amp draw (peak), 1.2 amp draw (avg)

The Amber bar comes with Amber LEDs and an Amber tinted dome.

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**The manufacturer of this product and SIRENNET warn against driving with magnetically mounted warning light installed. Use of a magnetic mount on vehicle in motion will violate warranty.**

GPS Tool Saves Hiker, Could Improve Search and Rescue Missions in Remote Areas

When Amanda Eller went missing in Maui in May after leaving for a hike, rescue teams worried they would have difficulty locating her in densely tangled forest filled with steep cliffs. A new GPS tool changed that.

Eller’s friend, Yesenia D’Alessandro, joined a 100-strong search party hoping to find the 35 year old physical therapist who also teaches yoga. Many of the search and rescue volunteers had downloaded a GPS app, called SARTopo, to their phones before departing into the wilderness.

The app gathered data about what areas had been searched so that rescue teams could create maps and narrow down areas still to look through. Available for $3.99, the app tracks where a volunteer walks to create a detailed look at what area has been covered.

The app allowed volunteers to refine their search methods and discover Eller, alive after 17 days of being missing, next to a waterfall. Eller had been surviving off of foraging for wild plants and sipping water from streams to combat dehydration.

Amanda Eller, who was found after 17 days in the wilderness of Maui, survived off of plants and water from streams. Photo Courtesy of ABC News

The app, which led to Eller’s rescue, will hopefully lead to more successful search and rescue missions in remote wilderness areas.

“It kind of led us to search outside of that high-priority area to where we actually found Amanda,” her father, John Eller, said in an interview with the Associated Press.

In the United States, the app has allowed rescue team organizers to chart and map areas of wilderness to better inform volunteer search parties of the terrain.

The GPS system that helped volunteers find Amanda Eller showed that search parties had covered a two mile radius around Eller’s abandoned car without any luck. Helicopters were then sent in to search a wider area, which is when they found Eller.

Search and rescue volunteer and SARTopo creator Matt Jacobs, left, explains the GPS app to other search and rescue volunteers in Sierraville, California. The teams in California used the app to search for a missing aircraft after seeing how successful the tool was during the search in Hawaii for Amanda Eller. Photo Courtesy of Michael St. John/Marin County Sheriff’s SAR unit via AP

“We never would have pushed out if we hadn’t searched the reasonable area first. There’s no reason to start reaching further and further out of the box if we hadn’t completely searched the box,” said Chris Berquist, a volunteer search leader speaking with the Associated Press.

The data from the GPS app showed rescue team organizers that volunteers had actually been covering a lot of the same areas repeatedly, with cliffs blocking their routes and forcing them to turn back and dense greenery creating confusion as to which direction to take. This helped the leaders create a better plan to push volunteers into areas that had not been covered yet. Any kind of natural barrier to volunteers, such as water or cliffs, was searched via drone or by rappelling experts and divers.

The tool is growing in popularity across the United States. In March, rescue workers used the app to find two girls in a Northern California forest after they had gotten lost. It was also used to recover a 67 year old hiker who went missing during a hike near San Francisco.

And Amanda Eller’s father, who was so grateful to have his daughter home safely, has decided to donate supplies and $10,000 to help further rescue efforts in Hawaii and improve the app to save time during rescue missions.

“We saw a huge need. And we feel so lucky with everything everybody did for us, so we’re looking to give back,” said John Eller.

Whelen Sirens Used by Canadian Emergency Vehicles Create Vibrations

The Canadian city of Winnipeg is trying some new sirens on for size – and these ones are having a big impact.

The Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service outfitted several of their vehicles with a new siren system from Whelen Engineering that can send vibrations into cars via a low-frequency tone. The idea is that the sirens will be seen, heard, and now felt by other motorists who can allow emergency vehicles to pass more easily.

Tom Howards, the light fleet manager of the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service, says it will keep emergency teams safe as they drive through traffic on their way to a call.

Speaking with the Canadian media outlet CBC News, Howards said the device, a Whelen Howler, is “essentially a product somewhat like a big bass speaker.”

“The feedback from the operators is that it’s making a difference in their safety,” said Howards. How does it work? The frequency of the siren tone is slowed down by the Howler, thus creating vibrations that can be felt by other motorists.

Tom Howards believes the new type of speaker will protect more ambulance drivers from collisions with other motorists, as the vibrations are difficult to ignore. Photo Courtesy of Warren Kay/CBC

The Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service took the Howler for a spin in 2016 and liked it so much they decided to install the siren in all six of the chief of paramedic operations vehicles. The item looks like a black can of coffee grounds and is mounted behind the front bumper.

And while it is incredibly effective, the sound took some getting used for the people behind the Howler-fitted vehicles.

Michelle Bessas, a district chief of paramedic operations, also spoke with CBC News about her feelings towards the Howler. Bessas typically turns the siren on several times during her shift.

Bessas will turn on the Howler by pushing on the horn, and uses it most when entering an intersection, as this is the most common site of an accident for emergency vehicle drivers, where they may hit other cars not paying attention to the sirens.

Michelle Bessas says “everybody takes notice” of the Howler. Photo Courtesy of Warren Kay/CBC

“When the Howler goes off, we notice that everybody takes notice — they’re looking around and wondering what’s going on,” Bessas told a CBC reporter who accompanied her during a ride-along.

The Howlers are outfitted to the vehicles driven by the district chiefs, people like Bessas, who do not arrive at every call but rather the calls that are the most serious, calls that involve children, and calls that require advanced life support and bigger crews to handle the situation. They are not outfitted to every ambulance in the Winnipeg fleet, but one day they could be.

Not only are the vibrations difficult to ignore, but the Howler can also send signals and sounds twice the distance of a traditional siren. This, says Bessas, helps her get to scenes safely and quickly.

“A delay in our response in certain situations can really make a difference in the outcome of a patient — it can mean the difference between life and death or a permanent disability or making a full recovery,” said Bessas.

“We all want to go home safe at the end of the day, and we don’t want to cause anybody else to have a collision or to get injured.”

The Howlers were first used by ambulances in the Canadian city of Corner Brook, Newfoundland and are also being used by Calgary Police Service vehicles. Winnipeg is hoping to expand the use of Howlers but outfitting the rest of their rigs with the $1,500 apiece model, though the police force has only agreed to a test run of the device.

Product Post: Star DLITE MicroStar LED Light & the Star DLIT3E MicroStar LED Light

Today we are featuring not one but two products – the Star DLITE MicroStar LED light & the Star DLIT3E MicroStar LED light. From our friends over at Star, these lights are great if you’re looking for something inconspicuous and easily mounted.

First up is the Star DLITE MicroStar LED light. It’s got 6 mega bright LEDs that will pack a punch despite the light’s size.

The Star DLITE MicroStar LED light

Features:

  • Ultra low profile 
  • Six super bright Star Generation V LEDs
  • 12 different selectable flash patterns in either of two phases, plus steady-on
  • Robust design, die cast aluminium base
  • Endless mounting possibilities
  • Single and split color models
  • Current limit protection over entire operating voltage
  • Standard four wire hook-up
  • S-Link System™ synchronizing capabilities with other Star LED units
  • Optional chrome or white bezels available

Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 1”H x 4 3/16”W x 25/64”D 
  • Voltage: 10-30V DC 
  • Amp draw: 0.75 amps 
  • Approvals: SAE Class I, CA Title 13 available where applicable
     

Our second product is the Star DLIT3E MicroStar LED light – also a super low profile light with 12 flash pattern options. The biggest difference between the two products is the amount of LEDs: this unit has 3 super bright Star Generation V LEDs while the Star DLITE MicroStar LED light mentioned above has 6.

The Star DLIT3E MicroStar LED light

Features:

  • Ultra low profile
  • Three super bright Star Generation V LEDs
  • 12 different selectable flash patterns in either of two phases, plus steady-on
  • Robust design, die cast aluminium base
  • Endless mounting possibilities
  • Current limit protection over entire operating voltage
  • S-Link System™ synchronizing capabilities with other Star LED units         

Dimensions:

  • 1”H x 3 1/16”W x 7/16 ”D 
  • Voltage: 10-16V DC 
  • Amp draw: 0.3 amps 
     

Approvals:

  • DLIT3E: SAE Class II (amber, blue, red, white)

Portland, Ore. Hires First African American Fire Chief

Sara Boone, who served for 24 years with the Portland Fire & Rescue Bureau, was appointed fire chief by Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty on June 13.

Boone’s story is a tale of hard work and determination.

She entered the force as an entry-level firefighter, the first African-American woman to join the Portland department, and worked her way up through the ranks to working in emergency operations, then safety chief, and finally to division chief of medical services and training, the position she held before being named fire chief.

“Chief Boone impressed our interview panels with her commitment to community, her technical knowledge, her passion for the fire service, and her leadership style,” said Commissioner Hardesty in a prepared statement. “Chief Boone is well-respected throughout the bureau and we have a great collaborative relationship.”

Not content with making history as the first African-American woman to become a Portland firefighter, Boone has again made history by becoming Portland’s first African-American fire chief. Congratulations, Chief Boone!

Product Post: Code 3 Chase TriColor 18 LED Light

The Code 3 Chase TriColor 18 LED Light (Part# CD3766xxx) is a low profile two color LED light for Interior and Exterior surface mount applications. This TriColor directional LED warning light that can be programmed to flash 1, 2, or 3 colors individually or alternately. 

Available in various color combinations, the CD3766 Directional LED is a surface mount, dual color warning light that is ideal for a wide variety of auxiliary warning applications. Featuring linear optics, 18 high intensity LEDs (6 per color), 16 flash patterns, synchronization capability and an aluminum housing with encapsulated electronics, the CD3766 is an extremely bright, versatile and robust warning light. Each LED color can be controlled independently.

Available Color Combinations:

  • CD3766RBW – (6) Red, (6) Blue, and (6) White LEDs
  • CD3766RBA – (6) Red, (6) Blue, and (6) Amber LEDs
  • CD3766BAW – (6) Blue, (6) Amber, and (6) White LEDs
  • CD3766RAW – (6) Red, (6) Amber, and (6) White LEDs

Features:

  • 18 high intensity LEDs (6 LEDs of each color)
  • Each LED color can be controlled independently
  • 16 TriColor flash patterns
  • Synchronizable in some modes
  • Aluminum housing, polycarbonate lens
  • Encapsulated electronics
  • Surface Mount

Specifications:

  • Voltage:12/24 Volt
  • Current: 0.9 Amps
  • Temperature Range: -22F to +122F (-30C to +50C)
  • Meets SAE J595 Class I, California Title 13, R65, and R10 when properly configured.
  • Dimensions: 1.446" H x 6.417" W x 1.186" D (36.74 mm x 163 mm x 30.14 mm).
  • Distance between mounting holes (center-to-center): 6-9/16”.

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Florida K-9 Unit Prepares for Hurricane Season

As Floridians prepare for hurricane season, which typically runs between June and November, there is one group of rescue workers who are busy training for their role in search and rescue operations: Miami-Dade’s K-9 unit.

The dog squad is part of the Miami-based, 210-person Florida Task Force 1 that is often on the scene after a hurricane hits. This agency does not limit its efforts to the United States alone. In 2010, the Florida Task Force 1 helped out after a devastating earthquake reduced the island nation of Haiti to rubble.

Miami-Dade firefighter/paramedic Maggie Castro gives up and hands a toy to search-and-rescue dog Zeus after the chocolate Labrador found her hiding in a stack of tires during a demonstration, Wednesday, June 19, 2019, at the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Training Facility in Miami. Specializing in urban search and rescue, the Miami-based, 210-personnel Florida Task Force 1 have responded to numerous disasters, including the Florida Panhandle after Hurricane Michael and in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. Caption Courtesy of AP, Photo Courtesy of AP/Wilfredo Lee

“You have to prepare your dogs physically and mentally, as well as yourself, for the heat and type of disasters that we can be faced with,” Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Capt. Kristian Labrada said in an interview with the Associated Press.

The K-9 unit prepared a demonstration of their skills on Wednesday at the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Training Facility in Miami. The four-legged force has a minimum of 12 dogs who have been certified for search and rescue missions, all of whom boast impressive resumes of successful missions. During Wednesday’s demonstration, three dogs independently found a person hiding inside a tire.

Two of the force’s Labradors, Bailey, a black Lab, and Zeus, a chocolate Lab, demonstrated their discerning sense of smell as their trainers encouraged and urged them on as they completed the rest of their tasks.

Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis looked on as the K-9 unit showed off their skills.

“We must prepare now for these disasters, so the men and women don’t have to do the deeds of saving,” Patronis said to the Associated Press.

Patronis emphasized that rescue was a plan B and that evacuation was the primary goal for search and rescue squads during hurricane season. “We want you to be evacuated safely so they don’t have to worry about saving your lives,” Patronis said to the crowd.

Everett PD in Washington State Offering $20K Bonus To New Officers

Everett Police Department in Washington State is hoping a monetary bonus will help bring in new recruits. Starting in June, an additional $20,000 bonus will be given to new lateral officers who complete training and join the force.

Photo Courtesy of Everett Police Department

For those considering the offer, the money will be paid in installments. The first payment will come on the officer’s hire date and the last payment will arrive after the officer completes probation.

Everett PD is hoping to recruit officers from within Washington State as relocating out-of-state recruits takes time and the agency is hoping to speed up the training process and get officers out and serving the community.

There are five vacant officer positions open with more positions expected to open up as several officers plan to retire before the summer is over. Everett PD hopes that with the additional bonus of $20,000, they’ll have a full team, trained and ready to serve their community, within the next six to 12 months.

If interested, head to https://everettwa.gov/552/Careers

Product Post: Whelen M6 Linear Super-LED Lighthead

The Whelen M6 Linear Super-LED Lighthead is a mid-sized member of the M Series family of lightheads, and that makes it special for a number of reasons. Did you know the M Series is the only Patented Linear-LED lighthead series? It’s designed to stand-up to the harsh environments and standards of the industry while providing top of the line performance. We love Whelen’s bold approach to designing for the future of fire, ambulance and rescue truck emergency lighting.

We’ve included some of the features and specs of this product below, but give us a call at 503-670-4700 for pricing! Our sales team would be happy to offer a quote and answer any of your questions.


Features:

  • Surface mounted via two screws.
  • Super-LEDs provide unmatched high intensity warning, low current consumption.
  • Unique lens shape is completely illuminated with patented Linear-LED designed reflector assembly.
  • Lens and reflector are a sealed assembly.
  • Available with color (same as LEDs) or clear lens.
  • Mounting screws are located outside of the sealed lens/reflector assembly eliminating water infiltration.
  • Replaceable light engine is accessed from the rear of the lens/reflector assembly.
  • Rear gasket ensures that the lighthead and optional flange does not touch the vehicle’s surface.
  • Updated design allows for faster and easier installation.
  • M6 lightheads have 164 Scan-Lock flash patterns.
  • Choose from Solid, Left/Right, Top/Bottom, In/Out, or Diagonal sequencing.
  • Meets KKK 1822F, NFPA 1901, SAE and EC65 specifications.
  • 82 flash patterns meet California Title XIII compliant.
  • Hi/Low intensity function included (Violet wire).
  • Hard coating on lens resists scratches, chemical and corrosive damage.
  • Current Draw @ 12.8 VDC: 2.25 (Peak*), 0.9 (Average). * in steady on mode
  • Dimensions (approximate): 4-5/16″ (109mm) H x 6-3/4″ (170mm) W x 1-3/8″ (35mm) D.

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California Lawmakers Consider Restricting Use of Facial Recognition by Police

The city of San Francisco first banned all use of facial recognition technology by police and any other department in May. Now, California lawmakers are considering restricting the use of the software by all police agencies in the state.

The facial recognition software uses machine learning algorithms which identify human faces caught by federal and state cameras and then match the faces to names, creating a database of images and identities.

Facial recognition may infringe on civil liberties, but has been useful in solving cold cases and identifying suspects. Photo Courtesy of the Milwaukee Independent

The California legislature is now debating whether or not to prohibit police from using this software via officer body cameras. Berkeley and Oakland are considering following in their neighbor city’s suit: like San Francisco, the two cities are deciding whether or not to ban the use of facial recognition software among their local police forces.

Federally, the use of facial recognition has also attracted attention. Lawmakers, both Democrats and Republicans, are examining the use of facial recognition programs and whether or not to restrict it.

The measure that California lawmakers have put forth, Assembly Bill 1215, would prohibit the use of any “biometric surveillance system” by police and law enforcement agencies via body cameras. San Francisco Democrat Phil Ting, who acted as lead author of the measure, believes constant surveillance of citizens erodes trust in communities.

“Body cameras were deployed to build trust with communities, to build more transparency and more openness,” said Ting in an interview with the Los Angeles Times. “It really was not the intention of body cameras to have roving surveillance cameras on police.”

Those who are in favor of restricting the use of facial recognition software believe that creating enormous databases of identities could lead to privacy issues as well as free speech issues.

Some groups believe the measure will make policing more difficult and create problems for officers doing their jobs. The California Police Chiefs Association has formally opposed the bill and stated during an Assembly hearing that “prohibiting the use of biometric surveillance systems severely hinders law enforcement’s ability to identify and detain suspects of criminal activity.”

The database can also be used to solve cold cases, as the facial recognition software databases can be compared to old images of suspects from crimes not yet solved.

The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, which would be affected should the bill pass, has said that they do use facial recognition programs to help spur investigations. Lieutenant Derek Sabatini, who heads up the county biometric identification system, said that comparing mug shots to photos collected by the facial recognition database has helped to solve crimes. However, he notes that constant surveillance is worth talking about.

“Surveillance needs discussion,” Sabatini said in an interview with the Los Angeles Times. “We should talk about it and understand how it’s used — there’s a lot of trust issues with that, and it’s totally understandable.”

11th Suspect Arrested in Attempted Murder of David Ortiz

Authorities in the Dominican Republic have arrested the 11th suspect in the attempted murder-for-hire of David Ortiz, a retired Red Sox player. Ortiz was shot in a bar in Santo Domingo on June 9, and is currently recovering in a Boston hospital. Doctors have said he is in good condition.

David Ortiz, one of the most well-known athletes from the Dominican Republic, was shot in the lower back on June 9 while in a crowded bar in the Dominican Republic. Photo Courtesy of NBC News

The suspect, arrested on Tuesday, was identified by CNN through Dominican court documents as Alberto Miguel Rodriguez Mota. His role in the plot is to be discussed on Wednesday in a press conference. Officials described the assassination plot against Ortiz as “complex” and that the suspect who allegedly paid off the foiled assassins is in hiding.

Rodriguez Mota, the most recently arrested suspect in the plot, had allegedly met with another suspect, Gabriel Alexander Perez Vizcaíno. The two men discussed the plan to shoot Ortiz one week before the incident. Perez Vizcaíno acted as the messenger for Rodriguez Mota and Jose Eduardo Ciprian, another suspect who allegedly helped plan the assassination while serving time in a Dominican prison. The suspects had been offered money to kill Ortiz, and Ciprián and fellow inmate Carlos Alvarez offered the assassins a $7,800 payment in return for shooting Ortiz.

Police believe that on the day of the attempted murder, Ciprián texted a photo of Ortiz to Perez Vizcaíno, who is also known as “El Hueso” or “The Bone,” from his prison cell. Perez Vizcaíno then organized a meeting with a “criminal group” at a gas station to show them the man they were to “liquidate,” according to the indictment.

According to David Ortiz’s attorney, Perez Vizcaíno has been given a year of pre-trial detention though it remains unclear why Rodriguez Mota would want Ortiz dead or why he would pay to put a hit on him, or if he was acting on behalf of someone else.

The 11 suspects currently facing charges come from lower class neighborhoods and are likely working as henchmen for a mastermind yet to be identified by police. At a hearing in the Dominican Republic on Friday, a judge ordered nine of the eleven suspects to remain in jail for one year as they away trial.

New National Wireless Service for First Responders Raises Concern Among Media

When Anchorage was hit by a 7.1 magnitude earthquake in 2018, the Anchorage Police Department had just signed up to use a new wireless service that would allow them to communicate when radio and cell phone lines are down. The new wireless service, FirstNet, allowed Anchorage Police Chief Justin Doll to alert first responders to coordinate response efforts and establish an operations headquarters to deal with the aftermath of the natural disaster.

Doll and his colleagues were impressed by the network, as are many of its other users, and this has helped the program grow across the United States. There are, however, some skeptics.

The FirstNet network, run by the AT&T phone service, allows emergency services personnel to coordinate rescue and relief efforts in times when phone lines are down and cell service is weak.

Thousands of first responders have joined the service and are able to use it not only to communicate during emergencies, but also for connecting during the work day. The service helps departments set up routes for their officers to respond to scenes and can also allow departments to search for suspect information. There is even a push-to-talk option that turns officer cellphones into walkie-talkies.

The network was created in 2012 and was inspired by the aftermath of the September 11 attacks in New York City, when many first responders were unable to communicate with each other after phone lines and radio signals were down. The First Responder Network Authority, an independent federal entity, helps to run the system with service provider AT&T.

In Alaska, a massive state with many rural communities, the network has allowed first responders to connect back to their headquarters when out on a call in one of these remote locations. There is hope that FirstNet could majorly improve the internet connections in these areas.

While FirstNet seems to be the perfect tool for officers and other first responders, it is not without its critics. Journalists are concerned that FirstNet’s encrypted network that is shielded from the public could protect agencies from deserved scrutiny. As police radios become silenced to the public due to safety concerns, journalists and others worry that the freedom of information rights are being eroded.

J. Alex Tarquinio, president of the Society of Professional Journalists, is advocating for some aspects of FirstNet be made available to the media.

“The government has an obligation — because this is a public service — to find a way to provide that information to journalists, so journalists can continue to cover incidents and emergency response in a timely way,” Tarquinio said in an interview with the Associated Press.

FirstNet responded to concerns saying it was up to individual departments to allow members of the press or public access to aspects of the system.

Now that FirstNet is picking up steam in the United States, other countries like Canada, New Zealand, South Korea, and others are looking to implement a similar program for their first responders.

Competitor service provider Verizon has also created a network for emergency personnel though the company would not divulge how many departments are currently using the service. AT&T has said that over 7,250 agencies are currently using FirstNet.

“I would say it’s the most important network in our country because it’s serving our first responders who are taking care of us every day,” said Chris Sambar, AT&T’s senior vice president for FirstNet in an interview with the Associated Press.

This article was informed by information gathered by the Associated Press and the journalist Rachel D’Oro.

Product Post: Feniex Fusion Dual Color Mini Lightbar

The Feniex Fusion Dual Color Mini Lightbar is an industry leader with its dual mode capability, functioning as both a warning light and scene light. With 360° degree lighting and 48 flash patterns plus Steady On White this mini LED lightbar offers extreme warning light power. 

This Fusion Dual Color Mini Lightbar displays the Steady On White flash pattern.

There are two mounting options available for the Fusion Mini Light Bar; an adjustable permanent mount and an adjustable magnetic mount. Each magnet is rated at 60 pounds with scratch resistant covers to protect the roof of the emergency vehicle. The Fusion series offers emergency lights that take the best of both the 180 and 40 degree optics.

The Feniex Fusion Dual Color Mini Lightbar in Amber.

Note: After completing your purchase of this lightbar one of our sales team will contact you to determine the configuration that best meets your needs.

Features

  • Modern slim line design.
  • 360° of unobstructed lighting.
  • Twelve Cree LEDs per module.
  • Available Colors: AW, AR, AB, BW, RB, RW
  • Choice of 180° or 40° light spread optics per module
  • 48 flash patterns plus Steady On White.
  • 2 programmable modes (Permanent Mount Only)
  • Rugged weather-resistant enclosure.
  • 2 mounting options: Magnetic or Permanent.
  • Permanent Mount includes a 10 foot hardwire cable.
  • Magnetic Mount includes cigarette plug with On/Off and flash pattern switch.
  • Magnetic Mount includes anti-scratch, protective rubber magnet covers.
  • Made in the USA

Specifications

  • Product Number: FN-8118D
  • Input voltage: 12 VDC
  • Current Draw: 5 Amps
  • Total LEDs: 72 high power 4 Watt Cree LEDs
  • Certifications: SAE J595, CT13, SAE J1119
  • Dimensions: 2.33″ H x 13.94″ L x 8.06″ W.

Feniex 5 Years Warranty

**The manufacturer of this product and SIRENNET warn against driving with magnetically mounted warning light installed. Use of a magnetic mount on vehicle in motion will violate warranty.**

8 Ft. Alligator Takes Bite Out of Patrol Car

On Monday, Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office in Shreveport, Louisiana reported they were unable to apprehend a dangerous “suspect”, and one who had caused quite a bit of damage to a patrol car.

That suspect was an eight-foot long alligator. Reports of the gator lying in the middle of Highway 1 just north of Caddo Parish had deputies arrive on the scene to secure the area while waiting for wildlife experts. As officers worked to surround the gator and keep it contained until backup arrived, the animal escaped and took a massive bite out of the front fender of a patrol deputy’s car in the process.

The alligator is still loose in the area and residents are advised to not approach the animal if they spot it, according to officials.

New Jersey PD Swears in First All Female Class and First Hijab-Wearing Officer

 Tuesday was a proud moment for Paterson, New Jersey’s police department as they welcomed in a new class of graduates to their ranks. This year’s class was also an historic one: it was Paterson’s first all-female class and the first time the police department had sworn in an officer who wears the hijab.

Yeniry Medina, Serein Tamimi and Gabriela Toribio (left to right) comprise Paterson’s first all-female class. The officers were sworn in on June 11, 2019.
Photo Courtesy of Hannan Adely

Mayor Andre Sayegh swore in officers Yeniry Medina, Gabriela Toribio and Serein Tamimi. Sayegh called the ceremony a “proud moment for the city of Paterson.”

“They’re trailblazers,” Sayegh said of the new officers. “They’ve broken the glass ceiling. Now young Patersonians, young people in our schools and our streets, can look up and say, ‘I want to be just like them.’ “

NorthJersey.com reported the three women originally came from a class of six students, two of whom were male. After six months of academic and physical training, only Officers Medina, Toribio, and Tamimi were left.

The women join a squad of 400 officers, all of whom are dedicated to serving the community of Paterson, New Jersey. Photo Courtesy of Hannan Adely

After being sworn in, Officer Tamimi, 22, officially became the first city police officer to wear a hijab. In an interview with NorthJersey.com, Tamimi said she hopes to inspire other Muslim women to achieve their goals and serve her community as a proud American Muslim police officer.

“I want to show them that we’re not what the media portrays us to be,” Tamimi said. “We’re friendly people, we love what we do and we are there for the community.”

As for Officers Medina and Toribio, their reasons for becoming law enforcement officers stem from their experiences in the community of Paterson. Both women have lived their entire lives in Paterson and Medina decided to become a police officer to help her community while Toribio was inspired by an encounter with a kind police officer she met as a child.

Officers Toribio, Medina, and Tamimi join Paterson’s 400-strong police force which includes 57 women officers.

New App Available to Help Firefighters Track Exposure to Dangerous Carcinogens On The Job

Firefighters constantly put themselves at risk to protect their communities. A new app is here to help them cut back on that risk.

The new National Fire Operations Reporting System (NFORS) Exposure Tracker will allow any emergency service personnel – firefighters, paramedics, or police officers – to track and log exposure to deadly carcinogens or chemicals while on the job. The personal diary will be encrypted and secure to maintain medical privacy.

The NFORS Exposure Tracker could mean huge strides for researchers hoping to monitor and learn more about cancer development among firefighters. Photo Courtesy of FireFighterNation.com

The logs will help emergency services personnel keep track of their exposure to certain dangerous toxins so that they can make informed medical decisions and take the steps to get healthy and protect against occupational hazards such as cancer.

“This valuable tool will help provide fire fighters with the documentation they need to show on-the-job exposure to a toxic soup of carcinogens and ensure they have the resources to get healthy and return to work,” said Harold A. Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters in an interview with FirefighterNation.com.

The International Association of Fire Fighters worked with the the International Associations of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association, International Public Safety Data Institute (IPSDI) and other fire service experts to create the NFORS Fire Fighter Exposure Tracker. The research and development of the app was funded by the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters grant program and the Ramsey Social Justice Foundation.

“The information gathered in the NFORS Exposure Tracker will provide essential data to help researchers better understand toxic exposures on the fire scene and develop new treatments and prevention protocols for occupational diseases, including cancer – now the leading cause of death among fire fighters,” says Dr. Lori Moore-Merrell, president and CEO of IPSDI in an interview with FireFighterNation.com.

The app will continually log emergency services personnel work-related illness and exposure, and the data will help firefighters who develop cancer or PTSD to provide proof of their conditions in order to receive workers’ compensation. The data collected in the app will even be available to emergency services personnel who have retired.

Any firefighter who wishes to be cataloged in the National Firefighter Cancer Registry will have the option to share their medical data with researchers.

The Registry was signed into law by President Trump in 2018 and created a database for researchers to rely on to determine how firefighters develop cancer.

The NFORS Exposure Tracker App is free to download from app stores, and paramedics, police officers, and firefighters are encouraged to educate themselves and their departments about the risk of exposure to toxins and carcinogens. All of the data will be private, as fire departments will not have access to private employee logs.

Product Post: Code 3 CD5051 Series Directional LED Warning Light

From Code 3’s CD5051 Series comes the Directional LED Warning Light, complete with SAE Class I Dual-Color Grille Mount.

The CD5051 Series directional LED warning light offers the flexibility of two different color outputs within a single unit, comprised of 9 high-intensity LEDs (single-color) or 18 high-intensity LEDs (dual-color).

This directional is great for hard-to-mount applications including the grille area or rear hatch and comes with 3 mounting options. SAE Class I light output, synchronization capability and the choice of 18 flash patterns for single-color and 36 flash patterns for dual-color allows the creation of an attention-getting, multicolor warning system with half the number of lights typically required.

Each model can be programmed to flash each color option individually or alternate colors. Interested? Give us a call at 503-670-4700 for a quote!

Helicopter Crashes in Manhattan, Killing Pilot

On Monday afternoon, a helicopter crashed into the roof of a Manhattan skyscraper. The heavy rain and low clouds obscured the roof of the 750-foot (229-meter) AXA Equitable building, which may have led to the accident. Local media identified the pilot as Tim McCormack. McCormack was killed in the crash.

The crash caused a small fire to start in the AXA Equitable building but it was put out quickly. According to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, no one else was reported injured.

“There was a helicopter that made a forced landing, emergency landing, or landed on the roof of the building for one reason or another,” Cuomo told reporters at the scene.

Response to the helicopter’s crash-landing was quick. Rescue vehicles surrounded the building and brought back memories for some onlookers of the September 11 attacks.

“If you’re a New Yorker, you have a level of PTSD, right, from 9/11. And I remember that morning all too well. So as soon as you hear an aircraft hit a building, I think my mind goes where every New Yorker’s mind goes,” said Governor Cuomo.

Officials say there is no indication this was a terror attack and the Federal Aviation Administration said it would investigate the crash. New York officials say the pilot who perished in the accident was the only person on board the aircraft.

South African Premier Forgoes New Car, Instead Buys Ambulances for Province

Zamani Saul is on a mission to cut down on costs and improve conditions in the Northern Cape, the South African province he was elected to govern over.

Saul tweeted his administration would not be buying any new cars for Members of his Executive Council, or MECs as they’re commonly referred to. The money would instead go to buying 63 new ambulance vans that will be used throughout the Northern Cape province.

Zamani Saul, newly elected Premier of the Northern Cape province, receives 63 new ambulance vans to serve communities throughout the province. Photo Courtesy of Zamani Saul/Twitter

Saul’s determination to improve living conditions for communities in his province is noble, but he refuses to be glorified for it. He made the decision not to have any photos taken of himself or his staff of MECs to be hung around the government offices in the province, a custom that is typical when a new government is elected.

On May 29, Saul tweeted “No pictures of me or any of the MECs Will be mounted on walls of government departments in the Northern Cape Province. Our task is to serve and not to be glorified. CONGRATS TO THE NEWLY APPOINTED MEMBERS OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL. I have full confidence in your capabilities.”

It seems the new premier is taking steps in the right direction to cut government spending and many have applauded him for it, but others are unsure if it will be enough in the long run. Only time will tell.

Product Post: Whelen M9 Series Turn Arrow Light

Today we are looking at the Whelen M9 Series Turn Arrow Light (M9T), the largest turn arrow light in the M Series Lighthead family. This light is composed of 120 amber LEDs and an Amber arrow shaped non-optic polycarbonate lens. 

The turn arrow light is designed to be installed as a surface mount warning light with the included two screws. The M9T has seven Scan-Lock flash patterns including Steady-Burn. 

The assembly is resistant to water, moisture, dust, and other environmental conditions, an ideal light for vehicles that are used in harsh conditions. The hard coated lens provides extended life/luster protection against UV and chemical exposure. The PC board is conformal coated for additional protection. 

The M9T is furnished with 6″ unterminated pigtails, a rubber gasket, 2 screws, and screw grommets included for installation. Additional mounting options are purchased separately. You can rest easy knowing this light is built to last and backed by a Whelen Five Year Warranty.

Features

  • 120 LEDs for an extremely bright output.
  • 7 Scan-Lock patterns including Steady-Burn.
  • Amber arrow shaped non-optic polycarbonate lens.
  • Sealed for resistant to water, moisture, dust, and other environmental conditions.
  • Three wire, 6 inch pigtail.
  • Rubber gasket, 2 screws, and screw grommets included for installation.

Specifications

  • Lens Color: Amber
  • Voltage: +12 VDC
  • Amp Draw : 1.20 Amps
  • Size: 6.51” H x 10.34” W x 1.39” D.
  • Meets SAE specifications J1395, J588, and J1330. 

New App Could Help First Responders Arrive Faster

A new GPS system known as QuickRoute is being created to help first responders arrive on the scene safely and quickly.

Developed by the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate in partnership with Azimuth1, the new app is expected to be available in 2020. It will also come in a desktop version.

The app assesses a route to a scene and can warn first responders of potential hazards along the route. This will keep first responders safe and allow them to get to the scene more quickly.

The app uses data streams that are not available to the public to inform the driver of potential factors that could slow first responders down as they head to an incident.

“If you have firefighters who have been called to an emergency, and they’re driving, say, a hook and ladder truck—perhaps they can’t traverse a narrow lane,” said Science and Technology Program Manager Kimberli Jones-Holt in an interview with PoliceOne.com. “QuickRoute will provide an alternate route to be able to get them to that emergency much more quickly than a traditional commercial application would.”

The app takes into account the kind of vehicle that is being driven and makes changes to the route based off of the vehicle’s turn radius, bridge and tunnel heights, traffic signals, and the rig’s ability to use lights and sirens to warn other motorists to clear the way. The app also factors in the weather, transit schedules, and even local jurisdiction rules to create the perfect route for first responders.

Fire Department in Massachusetts is Switching to European-Style Helmets

Amherst Fire Department is about to have a new look. The Massachusetts fire department has purchased brand new helmets for their firefighters, and in doing so have broken with tradition.

The European-style helmets will offer better heat protection and are easier to clean, say firefighters. Photo Courtesy of Western Mass News.

“You can see it’s a much more rounded style, compared to this with the big brim in the rear and a little in the front with a lot of protrusion. It has no pieces sticking out that can be stuck by falling debris, or wires as you’re climbing under them striking a door it just distributes weight more evenly,” said Amherst Assistant Fire Chief Lindsay Stromgren in an interview with Western Mass News.

The new helmets, which were just approved by the National Fire Protection Association in the fall of 2018, are called Carins XF-1. They’re common in Europe, which is where the Amherst Fire Department got the idea to upgrade their helmets.

Indicating a gold helmet given as a gift to the fire department by a fellow firefighter from Paris, Assistant Chief Stromgren notes that his department was inspired to swap their old helmets for the European-style protection.

“This is actually a genuine helmet from the Paris, France Fire Department, so if you watched any of the footage from the Notre Dame fire last month, you would’ve seen this is what they were wearing. It’s actually made by the same company,” Stromgren said.

The new helmets feature a rounder shape, which offers better heat protection. The inside fabric is also removable, making the helmets easier to clean. Most importantly the new helmets also include a speaker with a microphone attached to the firefighter’s radio. Stromgren said this could be a game changer for future fire departments looking to make the switch to the new helmets.

“Particularly for the firefighter, you can image them crawling around into buildings. Traditionally, what they have is speaker mic here, which where they may not hear the transmission or they have to grab it to be able to talk through their mask. With these here, the speakers are in their ears the entire time,” Stromgren said to Western Mass News.

Perhaps the new look will inspire other fire squads throughout the state and country to make the switch, too.

Product Post: Feniex Fusion Dual Color Rear Interior Lightbar

The Feniex Fusion Dual Color Rear Interior Lightbar is the brightest and most innovative interior LED lightbar. These LED interior lights give the vehicle a factory look, both stealth and clean. This rear lightbar the least amount of installation time where interior rear lightbar emergency vehicle lights are concerned. Functions include Warning and Directional modes, with 75 flash pattern choices. The Fusion series offers emergency lights that combine the best of both the 180 and 40 degree optics.

Note: After completing your purchase of these lightbars one of our sales team will contact you to determine the configuration that best meets your needs.

Vehicle Specific Models

  • FN-2809D – 2011 & Newer Chevy Caprice
  • FN-2811D – 2011 & Newer Dodge Charger
  • FN-2209D – 2013 & Newer Ford Police Interceptor Sedan

Features

  • Choice of 180° or 40° light spread optics per module.
  • Available Colors: AW, AB, AR, BW, RB, RW.
  • 75 flash patterns.
  • Rugged sheet metal housing.
  • No drilling required. Brackets included.
  • Includes adjustable trim to prevent windshield flash back.
  • Made in the USA

Capabilities

  • 2 Programmable Modes
  • Directional Patterns
  • Work-Light/Steady-On Mode

Specifications

  • Input voltage: 12 VDC
  • Current Draw: 5 Amp
  • Dual Color: 96 high power 4 Watt Cree LEDs
  • Certifications SAE J595, CT13, SAE J1119
  • Dimensions: 0.95″ H x 37″ L x 5.5″ W
  • Cable Harness length: 10 Feet

FDNY to Give 5 Year Ambulance Contract for Wheeled Coach Ambulances

It’s a happy day for REV Group, a specialty vehicle manufacturer. The company was awarded a five year contract by the Fire Department of New York to create 425 Type I Wheeled Coach ambulances. The entire contract is worth $160 million, as the FDNY specifically asked the company to manufacture a variety of vehicle configurations, the first rigs to be ready to ship halfway through 2020’s fiscal year.

Image Courtesy of FireFighterNation.com

The FDNY will be keeping some things the same while improving aspects of the design to meet new goals. For example, the new vehicles will use the classic Ford F-550 4×4 chassis but also include an auxiliary power unit as part of the FDNY Green Initiative. The power unit will allow the ambulance to operate without leaving the engine running while the vehicle is idle.

The new rigs will also include high-visibility reflective safety graphics as well as a Vista brake lock to protect against vehicle theft.

The new ambulances could not come at a better time for the FDNY, which ran a record breaking 1.9 million ambulances runs in 2018. After a chance for multiple companies to bid on the contract, REV Ambulance Group Orlando, Inc. won out with its Wheeled Coach brand of vehicles that the FDNY believe will meet their requirements for both form and function.

“FDNY responds to a staggering 5,100 EMS calls a day, and the ambulances we build for them run non-stop. The learning we obtain from designing and building FDNY’s vehicles for the past ten years is evident in every ambulance we make,” stated Tim Sullivan, CEO of REV Group, in an interview with FireFightNation.com. “We build a better ambulance because of it.”

FDNY is not new to the Wheeled Coach brand, as they currently operate 660 of them today. Based off of budget projections, the new fleet of ambulances will be rolled out over the course of a couple of years. This will help the FDNY include new ambulances fairly regularly into their operational fleets.

This article was informed by reporting from FireFighterNation.com

More Than 30 People Killed As Sudanese Military Storm Sit-In

An estimated 30 protestors were killed when Sudanese military stormed a sit-in being held in Khartoum on Monday. In addition to the deaths, hundreds were injured and doctors from the Central Committee of Sudan Doctors say many are in intensive care and require surgery.

Sudanese military gather around the army headquarters in Khartoum as violent clashes with protestors lead to 30 dead and more than a hundred people injured. Photo Courtesy of CNN

The military has denied their role in the violence and the mobile internet in Sudan has been shut down, according to sources in the country reporting to CNN.

One of the three major Sudanese mobile networks, MTN, resumed partial service later on Monday though customers reported slow connectivity.

The demonstration was part of a nationwide movement headed up by the Sudanese Professionals Association to mobilize opposition to the military council created during the coup that unseated longtime Sudanese President, Omar al-Bashir. Protestors joined together outside of the Defense Ministry building in Khartoum, the nation’s capital and took to main streets to bring attention to their cause.

CNN reported that eyewitnesses saw police and paramilitary Rapid Support Forces shoot at the protestors. Videos circulating the internet show security forces beating protestors with sticks. The Central Committee of Sudan Doctors reported that patients being treated in nearby hospitals had been shot at with “live bullets” and that one of the victims of the violence was an 8-year-old child. Over 116 people are being treated in local hospitals due to injuries sustained in the violence.

Product Post: Code 3 4-Pack MultiColor Hide-A-Blast Lights

All you undercover and low-profile police out there, these Code 3 4-Pack MultiColor Hide-A-Blast Lights are for you!

The easily mounted, flush to vehicle shape of the Hide-A-Blast lights make them perfect for undercover or low-profile vehicles.

The Code 3 4-Pack MultiColor Hide-A-Blast Lights are ultra-slim, low profile and flush mount units perfect for covert applications. If you’ve got a vehicle that needs to transform from a undercover rig to a high-impact police cruiser, you need to get your hands on this product.

From undercover to highly visible in a flash!

The MultiColor Hide-A-Blasts are available in 2 color combinations of Red, Blue, White, and Amber. Ideal for external vehicle applications when additional warning light is needed to transform your low profile vehicle into a high impact police cruiser. Weather and vibration proof the HB4PAK lights are easy to install, and come with 14 pre-loaded flash patterns to help you warn drivers and pedestrians. Synchronize with multiple units for increased impact.

Note: These lights are sold as a single pair. This is not a 4 pack of lights.

A blue Hide-A-Blast light, also available in Red, White, and Amber.

Features:

  • 6 LEDs (3 of each color) behind a Polycarbonate Lens.
  • Available in 2 color combinations of Red, Blue, White, and Amber.
  • Both lightheads will have the same combination of colors.
  • 25 Flash Patterns and 1 Steady, Simultaneous or Alternating.
  • 8 inch cable with connector on each lighthead.
  • 32 inch cable from flasher to end with Y connectors.
  • 70 inch cable from flasher to control switches.
  • 80 inch extender for lighthead included.
  • Rubber gaskets eliminates water access.
  • Flush mount with supplied grommet.
  • L-shaped bracket mount available.
  • Dimming Capability.
  • Synchronous Capability.

Specifications:

  • Voltage: 12 or 24 Volt
  • Lighthead dimensions: 1.575″ H x 1.045″ D (40mm x 26.5mm)
  • Controller module: 1.075″ W x 5.39″ L x .593″ H (27.3mm x 136.9mm x 15mm)
  • Meets SAE J595 Class 1 when properly configured.
  • California Title 13 requirements in Red and Blue conbinations when properly configured.
  • Meets ECE R65 in Blue and Amber when properly configured.

Code 3 Five Year Warranty on LEDs

River Boat Collision in Budapest Kills 7 People, 21 Remain Missing

A river boat cruise through the Hungarian capital of Budapest went horribly wrong on Wednesday night, when the boat hit another, bigger vessel and flipped over, sending passengers into the water.

Hundreds of rescue workers line the shores of the Danube River in Budapest to help locate the missing passengers from sightseeing boat (Photo by GERGELY BESENYEI / AFP)GERGELY BESENYEI/AFP/Getty Images

Seven people were confirmed dead after the accident, while 21 people remain missing. Of the 35 passengers on board the sightseeing boat, 33 were South Korean nationals.

Hungarian police said the boats collided and the sightseeing boat flipped and sank in seven seconds. The captain of the largest vessel is being held by police, who are considering arresting him formally. Known only as Mr. Yuriy, the 64-year-old man from Ukraine, is being detained due to suspicious evidence found by police when they searched his vessel.

The Viking Sigyn hotelship sustained visible damage following its collision with the sightseeing boat on the River Danube in Budapest, on Thursday, May 30, 2019. Photo Courtesy of Zoltan Mathe/MTI via AP

Police have continued to search for the 21 missing passengers, though the President of South Korea, Moon Jae-in, said in a statement on Wednesday that poor weather had affected the rescue efforts.

Police did manage to rescue seven passengers from the initial accident, all of whom were sent to local hospitals to be treated for injuries. Six of the passengers have now been discharged, while one passenger is still being treated for broken ribs, according to an ER doctor who spoke with CNN.

Of the seven people killed in the accident, all were of South Korean nationality. None of the passengers had been wearing life jackets, said police.

Anheuser-Busch Delivers Drinking Water to Volunteer Firefighters Across US

As wildfire season approaches, Anheuser-Busch is preparing volunteer firefighter departments across the United States by shipping out crates of drinking water free of charge.

Anheuser-Busch has delivered over 80 million cans of clean drinking water to U.S. communities since beginning their clean water program in 1988. Photo Courtesy of WXYZ (Detroit)

Anheuser-Busch has been supplying drinking water to wildfire firefighters for over 30 years, but this year they plan to expand the program by donating one million cans of drinking water to volunteer fire departments.

The company, in partnership with the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC), will begin their deliveries this week, shipping out roughly 300,000 cans of clean drinking water to 26 different volunteer fire departments.

“Eighty-three percent of the nation’s fire departments, which protect our communities from hazards of all kinds, are all- or mostly-volunteer,” said Steve Hirsch, Chair of the NVFC in an interview with FirefighterNation.com. “Funding for needed resources is a constant challenge for many of these departments, making this donation even more important as it directly supports the health and safety of our firefighters and the communities they serve.”

The first departments to receive water were identified by the NVFC and Anheuser-Busch as the most in need of reinforcements.

“As the country faces more natural disasters, like wildfires, preparation plays a major role in ensuring fire departments across the country have the resources they need to protect their friends and neighbors,” said Adam Warrington, Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility at Anheuser-Busch in an interview with FirefighterNation.com. “In the same way we have utilized our production strengths to can water throughout the year to support our communities at a moment’s notice, these water donations – in advance of wildfire season – will provide critical hydration to help our nation’s volunteer firefighters stand ready for our communities in times of need.”

For those fire departments that were not listed on the initial round of deliveries, Anheuser-Busch has set up a request system where departments can ask for water deliveries via the NVFC to hydrate their crews as they work to fight wildfires. Additional information will be available at www.nvfc.org/water.

The fire departments on the list for the first round of deliveries are:

●        Arizona: Pine Rural Fire & Medical District (Mammoth, AZ)

●        Arizona: Hayden Volunteer Fire Department (Hayden, AZ)

●        California: Mi Wuk Sugar Pine Fire Protection District (Twain Harte, CA)

●        California: Suisun City Firefighters Association Inc.(Suisun City, CA)

●        California: Graton Fire Department (Sebastopol, CA)

●        California: Geyserville Volunteer Firefighters Association (Geyserville, CA)

●        Colorado: Southwest Washington County Fire Protection District (Anton, CA)

●        Colorado: Brush Volunteer Fire Department (Brush, CO)

●        Colorado: Hillrose Snyder Volunteer Fire Department (Hillrose, CO)

●        Idaho: Donnelly Rural Fire Protection District (Donnelly, ID)

●        Iowa: Harlan Fire Department (Harlan, IA)

●        Kansas: Girard Fire Department (Girard, KS)

●        Kansas: Linn County Rural Fire Department (Pleasanton, KS)

●        Massachusetts: Carver Fire Department (Carver, MA)

●        Montana: South Kalispell Volunteer Fire Department (Kaispell, MT)

●        Nebraska: Chadron Volunteer Fire Department (Chadron, NE)

●        Nevada: Lovelock Volunteer Fire Department (Lovelock, NV)

●        New Hampshire: Brookline Fire Department (Brookline, NH)

●        Oklahoma: Darwin Volunteer Fire Department (Antlers, OK)

●        Oklahoma: Konawa Volunteer Fire Department (Konawa, OK)

●        Oregon: Ontario Fire & Rescue (Ontario, OR)

●        South Dakota: Rockerville Volunteer Fire Department (Rapid City, SD)

●        Texas: Hallsville Volunteer Fire Department (Hallsville, TX)

●        Texas: Edinburg Fire Department (Edinburg, TX)

●        Washington: Grant County Fire District 3 (Quincy, WA)

●        Wyoming: Goose Valley Fire Department (Sheridan, WY)

Since 1988, Anheuser-Busch has made a point to halt production of beer in order to deliver cans of water to volunteer firefighters around the country as well as ship out water in times of natural disasters. So far, they have delivered 80 million cans of clean drinking water to communities across the U.S. affected by natural disasters.  

Everest Death Toll Rises as Fabled Landmark Swarmed by Climbers

Eleven people have died on Mount Everest this year, as the world’s highest peaks are swarmed by climbers. This is the deadliest season on Everest since 2015.

Nepal government officials say a string of bad weather has made summiting Mount Everest difficult this season, though Everest regulars suggest that overcrowding and inexperienced climbers may be to blame.

Photo taken by Everest veteran Nirmal Purja shows the line to ascend the world’s tallest peak on May 22. Many say overcrowding is to blame for the deaths of 11 climbers.

“There were more people on Everest than there should be,” Kul Bahadur Gurung with the Nepal Mountaineering Association said in an interview Associated Press.

Most of the deaths have been attributed to altitude sickness. It’s not unusual for climbers and sherpas to experience altitude sickness leading to death, or to suffer from dangers like exposure or avalanches.

A record breaking 381 permits were granted to climbers to summit the world’s highest mountain this year, but the number of bodies on the mountain is even higher as climbers often rely on sherpas to guide them and help carry luggage and gear.

Because so many people have been climbing the mountain, there have also been a record number of ascents this season. 825 people successfully summited Mount Everest so far. This number includes climbers from the Chinese side of the mountain, as China has begun issuing climbing permits as well to drive tourism and revenue for the country.

While the Nepalese government has given out a record number of permits this year, the Chinese government has been more restrictive in granting permits.

Mount Everest is a huge source of revenue for Nepal which is one of the world’s poorest countries. According to Mohan Krishna Sapkota, secretary at the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Nepal makes roughly $300 million each year from Everest related activities, as each permit costs $11,000.

There is no indication that Nepal will restrict climbing permits, but the government did say inexperienced climbers may cause problems on the mountain.

Perhaps it’s the record number of permits being given out to anyone with the money and the doctor’s note assuring good health, but other concerned parties believe expedition companies that bring inexperienced climbers to the highest mountain in the world are partly to blame for the Everest tragedies.

“The easy headline is, ‘Overcrowding is killing people on Everest,’ ” Alan Arnette, an expert on Everest, said in an interview with USA Today. “But the root cause of that line in the photo is low-cost guide companies bringing in a new demographic of climbers who don’t belong there. Limiting the number of permits isn’t the solution. People should have to have climbed an 8,000-meter peak, and they need to tighten up who can guide there because right now they let anybody guide.”

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Two Dead, Others Injured in Knife Attack in Japan

Two people were killed, one of them a 12-year-old girl, in a knife attack near a park in the city of Kawasaki, Japan on Tuesday. 15 school children were also injured.

Emergency services personnel and police inspect the area where the violence took place. Photo Courtesy of CNN

All 17 victims were taken to nearby hospitals, though a spokesperson at the Nippon Medical School Musashikosugi Hospital confirmed the 12-year-old girl and a 39-year-old man died. The attacker, a man authorities believe to be in his 40s or 50s, also died of a self-inflicted wound.

The act of violence has shocked the community and the world, as Japan is thought to be one of the safest places in the world. The Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, called the violence “heartbreaking”.

“We must keep our children safe at all costs,” Abe said in a press conference. “I’ve instructed the related ministers to take immediate action to ensure the children’s safety in going to and leaving school.”

Rescuers work at the scene of an attack in Kawasaki, near Tokyo on Tuesday, May 28.
Rescue workers flood the scene shortly after the stabbing spree took place. Photo Courtesy of CNN

Japan has one of the world’s lowest homicide rates, as per data collected by the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime. Attacks such as the stabbing spree on Tuesday, are considered extremely rare, especially since it is illegal to carry pocket knives, hunting knives, box cutters, or craft knives in public.

Kosuzu Sunayama, 26, is a resident of the area where the stabbings took place. She told CNN that she could hear screaming while she was at home.

“It’s not the kind of place to have such a incident. Its not the kind of place to have such a horrible news,” Sunayama said to CNN. “My heart is aching.”

First Female Captain Hired at Fort Smith Fire Department in Arkansas

Lisa Johnson was promoted to fire captain of the City of Fort Smith Fire Department last week, making her the force’s first ever female captain.

Johnson has worked at Fort Smith since 2003, and made history as the squad’s first female driver and second female to be hired by the department.

“Actually I had never thought about being a firefighter, I was on a different path going to college, and it was suggested to me, and the more I learned about it, the more I found out about it, the more I thought, that’s something I want to do, and I am extremely glad that I did,” Johnson said in an interview with local station 5NEWS.

Lisa Johnson is sworn in as fire captain, making her the first female captain at Fort Smith Fire Department. Photo Courtesy of the Southwest Times Record

“If maybe there is a young woman out there that hasn’t thought of it like I hadn’t thought of it, it might be an option for her,” said Johnson.

As Disney World Grows, Firefighters Hope Staff Will Too

The “Happiest Place on Earth” is growing but its staff of firefighters is not.

As Walt Disney World Resort grows, firefighters who work inside the park to ensure guests’ safety are concerned about the level of staff available in case of emergencies. Photo Courtesy of Good Housekeeping

The Walt Disney World theme park and resort in Orlando, Florida is growing to include new resorts, a new gondola system, and a new Star Wars-themed exhibit. But the crews of firefighters who look out for the safety of the guests are concerned that their numbers are not adequate to cover the expansions, especially the new gondola system.

Disney has added two more firefighters to each shift, but that is the only staffing change the entertainment giant has made since the 1980s.

The new gondola system will carry ten people per car, with a maximum of 2,000 passengers in the 200 car total.

Gondola-riders will be swept 90 feet in the air and get picturesque view of the park, sometimes being carried over water.

The system is sure to be a hit with customers, but firefighters worry over the amount of staff it will take to safely remove passengers from the ride should an emergency occur.

“We’re at the max now,” said member of the Reedy Creek Professional Firefighters Tim Stromsnes in an interview with local news station WGTV9. “We’re just worried that with all this expansion, we’re not going to have enough firefighters.”

Reedy Creek Fire Department headquarters. Photo Courtesy of MickeyBlog.com

When firefighters voiced their concern to management and requested an additional 40 more crew members to supplement the current shifts of 32 firefighters, they were turned down and instead granted two administrative positions.

“We got no boots on the ground,” Stromsnes said. “Nobody that could do a gondola rescue or be on the tower truck or on the special ops team. None of those people were hired.”

The resort can host up to 350,000 people per day. It also covers twice the area of Manhattan in New York.

WFTV, who first reported on this issue, reached out to Disney for comment on the firefighters concerns. The reporters were told the safety of guests and cast members is and always will be Disney’s core focus in operating its parks and resorts.

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Tornado Strikes Missouri, Killing 3

Three people were killed when a tornado swept through Missouri on Wednesday. Now residents of the state are left to clean up the rubble and assess the significant damage done by the storm.

Jessica Rodgers and a neighbor Ray Arellana carry Rodgers’ sister Sophia Rodgers to safety, as fallen power lines and rubble litter the road. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Late at night on May 22, a tornado barreled its way through parts of Missouri, including the capital, Jefferson City. Once they were given the all clear, first responders were on the ground searching for people buried or trapped by rubble. Jefferson City Police confirmed 20 people had been taken to hospital as a result of injuries sustained during the storm.

The tornado reached speeds of up to 160 miles an hour and tore through nearly 20 miles of the state, including Golden City where it claimed three lives.

Governor Mike Parson had issued a state of emergency earlier in the week, due to the severe thunderstorms and threat of flooding. Following the tornado, Governor Parson announced that some government buildings had been damaged and that some parts of the state had lost power.

Jefferson City, the capital of Missouri, was also hit by the tornado late Wednesday night. Homes and businesses were ripped apart by the storm, while 20 residents suffered injuries as a result of the tornado. Photo Courtesy of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Governor Parson applauded the efforts of emergency crews who acted quickly to contain damage and rescue trapped citizens in a press conference on Thursday.

“Across the state, Missouri’s first responders once again responded quickly and with strong coordination as much of the state dealt with extremely dangerous conditions that left people injured, trapped in homes, and tragically led to the death of three people,” said Parson.

A shelter was set up at Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Jefferson City by the Red Cross for residents to find safety and supplies.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol, Jefferson City Fire Department, and the highly trained search and rescue squad the Missouri Task Force 1, all pitched in to respond once the tornado hit.

Missouri is not the only state to experience a tornado in the last week. Other states in the region have been hit with severe flooding, storms, and tornados as well, including Oklahoma and Iowa.

House Democrats Propose $25 Million Upgrade to Public Housing Safety

A $25 million grant program championed by the House Appropriations Committee hopes to improve the safety measures in public housing like installing effective carbon dioxide detectors.

The proposal comes on the heels of several investigations into the inadequate safety measures in housing overseen by Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Secretary of Department of Housing and Urban Development, Ben Carson, speaks with press in front of a HUD housing development. Photo Courtesy of New York Times

Representative David Price of New York, who works as the committee’s head of housing said carbon monoxide monitors were a priority for the committee. “Carbon monoxide is a widespread hazard — perhaps more widespread than we had known,” said Price. Housing authorities“ought to be paying attention to this as a possible hazard, and now there is a federal program that encourages and helps them,” he said.

Local public housing authorities can apply for federal grants to help upgrade the safety measures in their buildings, like installing new carbon monoxide detectors and removing asbestos.

Roughly 4.6 families live in HUD housing and 13 residents have died as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning since 2003, even though HUD does not require detectors be installed in homes.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development said it plans to require carbon monoxide detectors and has allocated $5 million to pay for the installation process but no proposal has been put forth by the agency at the time of this article.

The $25 million proposal would go towards the Public Housing Capital Fund, a fund to modernize and improve public housing in the United States. If passed, it would increase the exiting $2.775 billion fund by $80 million. President Trump and his administration has proposed eliminating the fund entirely.

Argentina and Algeria are Officially Malaria-Free

Malaria has been eradicated from the countries of Algeria and Argentina, said the World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday.

38 countries have now been deemed malaria-free, a major milestone for WHO and other agencies who have been fighting to eliminate the disease since it made a global comeback. Though the disease is preventable and treatable, it kills roughly 400,000 around the world each year. In 2017, health officials estimate there were 219 million malaria cases globally, most fatal cases occurring in Africa.

Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO’s regional director for Africa said that Algeria’s declaration of malaria-free is especially important.

“Algeria has shown the rest of Africa that malaria can be beaten through country leadership, bold action, sound investment and science. The rest of the continent can learn from this experience,” said Dr. Moeti.

Algeria and Argentina, as well as the other countries that have been declared malaria free, have proven to health officials that there have been no in-country transmissions of the disease for three consecutive years. Algeria is the second country in Africa to be declared malaria free; Mauritius was the first in 1973.

In April, the WHO launched a malaria vaccination product with the goal to vaccinate 360,000 children each year. Though the vaccination only offers partial protection from the disease, it has made an impact in clinical studies and could help save lives and prevent illness.

Photo Courtesy of WHO

Algeria saw success in managing malaria by training health care workers in identifying and treating the disease quickly before it spreads. Universal healthcare and quick response to malaria outbreaks were also instrumental in tamping down the spread of the disease.

Argentina is the second country in the Americas in 45 years to be declared malaria-free, after Paraguay was declared malaria-free in 2018. Health care workers sprayed homes with mosquito poison and tracked outbreaks effectively to contain the spread of the disease.

A health care worker sprays insecticide over a home in Argentina to kill the mosquitos that carry and spread malaria. Photo Courtesy of WHO

WHO’s Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus applauded the efforts of both countries in tackling the disease in a press release by the organization “Algeria and Argentina have eliminated malaria thanks to the unwavering commitment and perseverance of the people and leaders of both countries,” said Dr. Ghebreyesus. “Their success serves as a model for other countries working to end this disease once and for all.”

“Algeria and Argentina have eliminated malaria thanks to the unwavering commitment and perseverance of the people and leaders of both countries,” said WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, in the organization’s press release.”Their success serves as a model for other countries working to end this disease once and for all,” he added.Get CNN Health’s weekly newsletter

Sign up here to get The Results Are In with Dr. Sanjay Gupta every Tuesday from the CNN Health team.Argentina is the second country in 45 years to be recognized as malaria-free in the Americas, following Paraguay, which reached this status last year.Eliminating malaria was made a goal in Argentina in the 1970s. The country tackled this by training health workers to spray homes with insecticides, diagnosing the disease through microscopy, and responding to cases in the community effectively.

Major European Crime Ring Busted by Europol

One of Europe’s biggest crime rings, known for drug trafficking, assassinations, and money laundering, was busted by Europol on Wednesday.

The Europol Headquarters in the Hague, the Netherlands.

The European Union’s police agency estimated that the crime group had taken in nearly $760 million as a result of its criminal activity in 2017-19 and was headed up by a 48 year old Lithuanian national and other EU citizens.

In a raid that took place in four countries over May 15-16, 450 law enforcement officers and customs officials arrested 22 suspects. The agency personnel included officers from Poland, the UK, Lithuania, and Spain. Those working Operation “Icebreaker” found nearly $9 million worth of cash, gold bars, diamonds, luxury cars, and jewelry as they searched over 40 homes.

The successful raid had been planned since 2016, when officers and agency officials began gathering intel and putting together cases to take down the major criminal network. The “highly professional and dangerous international organized crime group” was aware of the operation and tried to use “counter-surveillance and counter-intelligence measures to try to evade law enforcement authorities, as well as specialized encrypted communication devices” said Europol.

The crime ring laundered money through currency exchange offices, then spent the cash on investment properties in Spain. They also smuggled cigarettes and drugs into the United Kingdom and shipped cash to Poland.

There are over 5,000 criminal networks under surveillance in the EU, as per Europol. The Director General of the UK’s National Crime Agency Lynne Owens, said that serious organized crime “kills more people every year than terrorism, war and natural disasters combined.”

“SOC affects more UK citizens, more frequently than any other national security threat. And it costs the UK at least £37 billion a year — equivalent to nearly £2,000 per family,” said Owens.

Merger between Emergency Reporting and First Arriving Announced

The lead company in cloud-based record management for the fire and emergency services sector, Emergency Reporting (ER), has announced it will merge with First Arriving, an organization that offers services like marketing and recruitment as well as technology and website development for EMS, fire, and public safety workers.

The merger will allow departments who buy the programs to display data and incident alerts in real time, as well as critical messaging. Users will be able to identify hydrants that have been labeled out of service, calendar appointments, scheduling, equipment maintenance updates, and much more.

Dave Adams, Co-founder and Chief Revenue Officer of Emergency Reporting is excited about the expansion of his company.“We continuously search for innovative companies in the fire and EMS industry that we can create useful and seamless integrations with and that will maximize efficiency for our users,” Adams said in an interview with FireFighterNation. “First Arriving fit the bill – and we’re happy to welcome them to our growing community of partners.”

First Arriving CEO Dave Iannone is also looking forward to the merger. “Emergency Reporting connects first responders with software to improve response time, operations, and overall efficiency. Their integrations are a powerful addition to our Dashboards, providing on-duty personnel the critical data they need to be ready to respond,” said Iannone to FireFighterNation. “We are excited about the many solutions ER provides to fit our clients’ individual needs.”

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Alaskan Ferry May Hire Canadian Police to Assist U.S. Border Agents

An Alaskan ferry service that frequently docks at a ferry terminal in British Columbia will contract an armed team from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to help assist the unarmed U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents who monitor the ferry.

The armed Canadian police will protect U.S. agents who operate out of Prince Rupert in British Columbia. They will be working as employees of the ferry service, which has been confronted with budget cuts as a result of legislature created by the Alaskan state government.

U.S personnel are not allowed to carry firearms while carrying out passport and contraband checks, though there is an agreement in the works for allowing U.S. officers to be armed during these searches.

The plan to hire armed Canadian police is in motion, but has yet to be confirmed publicly.

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Oklahoma Window Cleaners Rescued From Unstable Lift

A pair of window cleaners were working their way up the 50-story Devon Tower building in Oklahoma when their metal basket began to swing wildly. Emergency responders rescued the two cleaners who are now being checked for injuries.

High winds and reports of an unstable crane are thought to be the cause of the basket swinging out of control.

Once the cleaners were rescued, the metal basket continued to swing wildly, smashing into several windows of the Devon Tower before emergency crews were able to stabilize the crane and lower the basket down.

Petition Grows to Add EMS to Connecticut PTSD Bill for Fire and Police

A bill proposed in Connecticut hopes to help firefighters and police officers cope with post-traumatic stress disorder. Some citizens are wondering why emergency services personnel were left out of the legislation.

The exclusion of EMS workers from the bill motivated Derrick Caranci to start a petition asking congresspeople to amend the legislation by allowing EMS personnel to also receive help in dealing with the stresses of their job.

As of Wednesday evening, the bill had 4,000 signatures. Once it reaches 5,000 signatures, the bill will be sent to the Connecticut State House and the governor, as well as the State Senate.

Some of the signees have written comments explaining their support of the petition. Matthew Behuniak, a firefighter, believes EMS personnel deserve compensation just as much as fire crews do.

“I am a member of Ridgefield Professional Firefighters Local 1739,” said Behuniak. “My job as a firefighter and paramedic is no different than that of a privately employed or volunteer EMT or Paramedic. They deserve to be included in this bill!!”

The bill itself has wide support from both sides of the aisle. The legislation proposes a year of workers’ compensation coverage to all firefighters and police suffering from PTSD. Volunteer firefighters and parole officers would also be eligible to receive support.

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Seaplanes Collide in Alaska Killing 4, Injuring 10

Two sightseeing planes carrying cruise ship tourists collided on Monday, leaving four passengers dead and ten wounded. Two people remain missing.

Local emergency responders work with federal and state agencies to rescue victims of a deadly seaplane collision near Ketchikan, Alaska on Monday. Photo Courtesy of Dustin Safranek/Ketchikan Daily News via AP

Federal investigators are expected to arrive in Ketchikan, a city south of Juneau, on Tuesday to try and determine what led the planes to collide in midair. In an email to the Associated Press, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer reported that the collision was caused by unknown circumstances.

Both planes were carrying passengers from the Royal Princess cruise ship. One plane, a single-engine de Havilland Otter DHC-3 operated by Taquan Air, was carrying eleven people when it went down over the Tongass National Forest. Ten people were taken to a nearby hospital. Marty West, spokeswoman for PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center, reported all patients to be in fair or good condition.

Three of the five people on board the second plane, a single-engine de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver, perished as a result of the collision. It has yet to be determined which plane the fourth victim was on board.

Emergency teams and locals helped federal and state agencies to rescue the stranded passengers after the crash.

“It’s been a long day and the crews have been working really hard to rescue people and recover the deceased,” said Deanna Thomas, who works as a spokeswoman for the Ketchikan Gateway Borough, the local government.

Taquan Air, the company who operated the first sightseeing plane, has suspended all operations while federal investigators work to determine the cause of the collision.

The Royal Princess cruise ship left Vancouver, British Columbia on May 11. It was scheduled to arrive in Anchorage on Saturday but Cindy Cicchetti, a passenger on board the cruise ship, said the ship was not on schedule to arrive in Anchorage and passengers were unsure how the accident will impact the remainder of the trip.

Trade War with China Means Rising Cost of Lights

As the trade war between the United States and China intensifies, lights businesses are feeling the effects, as are their customers. The rising costs of importing LED products are forcing lights manufacturers and lights resellers to raise prices.

In April of 2018, the Trump administration published a list of 1,300 Chinese exports that would be taxed 25 percent following a Section 301 investigation. In July of that year, Trump announced more tariffs would be put into effect on nearly $200 billion worth of Chinese products. One item that appears on both lists? LEDs.

The government began imposing the tariffs in July of 2018, and since the tariffs were put in place the U.S. based companies that purchase from and manufacture LED products in China have felt the effects. These companies mainly purchased LEDs to be used in wafers and backlighting, but the US government ramped up the trade war by placing even more tariffs on Chinese goods, including ten categories of products featuring LED lighting.

These LED lighting products make up approximately 75 percent of China’s lighting exports, so the tariffs will have a major impact on the Chinese lighting economy. But they have also started to impact the U.S. lighting economy, and its shareholders.

Cree, a United States-based lighting company that relies heavily on LED products for their business, has estimated that the tariffs will decrease its earnings per share by nearly two percent during 2019.

In order to offset the costs of exporting LED products from other countries, or manufacturing the products in the U.S., companies have raised prices on many lighting items. This is bad news for consumers, but good news for LED manufacturers based in Mexico and Asian countries other than China, as they will see a boost in sales as resellers turn to them while tariffs remain in place.

CEO of Sirennet, Stuart McLoughlin, said the tariffs have already impacted prices of the LED products he sells.

“Prices rose the first part of 2019 and we are now getting strong indications from factories that prices will continue to rise,” he said. “Overall, we could see a thirty percent price rise by August.”

Product Post: SoundOff mPOWER Fascia 3” Perimeter Lights

SoundOff’s mPOWER Fascia series features the most compact LED lights on the market. With the options for Single, Dual and Tri-color capability, the mPOWER Fascia line of perimeter lights is sure to have something for everyone. 

Fascia’s next generation design and mounting options allows the light to be integrated nearly anywhere on the vehicle. Compact, bright, and able to be mounted almost anywhere, this light can really do it all.

The mPOWER Fascia series is the result of a collaboration with Dow Corning to develop ClearDuty optical design. ClearDuty molded one-piece housing and optic design delivers advantages over conventional polycarbonate lenses. These advantages include: A smaller footprint with maximized candela output, greater resistance to gravel pitting, scratching or cracking, improved sealing to prevent water from entering light, and higher UV and thermal stability to prevent lens from yellowing over time.

mPOWER Fascia series lights are Sync2 lights and are synchronizable with up to 24 Sync2 compatible lights such as nFORCE series and Dual Color Intersectors. 

Worried about over-voltage? Don’t be. The mPOWER Fascia series features an “Over-Voltage Protection” which can detect an over-voltage condition, causing the module will flash an over-voltage warning pattern of 50mS ON/950mS OFF to alert of the over-voltage condition and protect the electronics from damage due to heat/voltage. 

These SoundOff lights don’t stop there. They also have built in “Thermal Compensation Protection”. The LED module is designed to provide maximum power output while providing protection to the electronic components by reducing the output power at extreme temperatures. The mPOWER Fascia series is available in 3 mounting styles: Quick Mount, Stud Mount, and Screw Mount.

Features:

  • Single, Dual and Tri-color capability
  • Ability to integrate visually into today’s police vehicles
  • Collaboration with Dow Corning to develop ClearDuty optical design
  • ClearDuty molded one-piece housing and optic design delivers advantages over conventional polycarbonate lenses
    • A smaller footprint with maximized candela output
    • Greater resistance to gravel pitting, scratching or cracking
    • Improved sealing to prevent water from entering light
    • Higher UV and thermal stability to prevent lens from yellowing over time.
  • mPOWER Fascia series lights are Sync2 lights and are syncronizable with up to 24 Sync2 compatible lights such as nFORCE series and Dual Color Intersectors.
  • These lights have Over-Voltage Protection.
  • These lights have Thermal Compensation Protection.

Specifications

  • INPUT VOLTAGE RANGE: 9-32 Vdc
  • CURRENT DRAW: < 1.0 Amps @ 12.8Vdc, < 0.5 Amps @ 25.6Vdc
  • OPERATING TEMPERATURE: -40° C to +65° C
  • CERTIFICATIONS: SAE J595 and J845 Class 1 certified and CA Title 13, Article 22 compliant

MOUNTS: Quick Mount, Stud Mount, Screw Mount

DIMENSIONS

  • Quick: 3.04” (7.72 cm) L x 0.92” (2.3cm) H x 0.47” (1.2cm) D (from mounting surface)
  • Stud: 3.04” (7.72 cm) L x 0.92” (2.3cm) H x 0.42” (1cm) D (from mounting surface)
  • Screw: 3.52” (8.94 cm) L x 0.92” (2.3cm) H x 0.42” (1cm) D (from mounting surface)

SoundOff Signal 5 Year No Hassle Warranty


Lead From Notre Dame Fire Causes Concern Among Paris Residents

When Notre Dame Cathedral burned, the world watched in horror as the Parisian landmark crumpled and the iconic spire fell. Now, as the cleanup process begins, citizens of Paris worry that the damage caused by the fire has increased lead levels in the surrounding areas.

As police and cleanup crews continue to assess the damage done to Notre Dame Cathedral, one of the biggest concerns is lead poisoning from dust created during and after the fire. Photo Courtesy of AP Photo/Thibault Camus

Parisian police say that since the fire, lead levels from the roof have increased. After the blaze, lead levels in Notre Dame have been recorded to be between 10 and 20 grams per kilogram of ground. That’s between 32 and 65 times the limit recommended by health authorities of 0.3 grams per kilogram.

Many of the areas closest to the cathedral have been closed. The spire of the cathedral contained hundreds of tons of lead, as did the frame of the building, much of which was burned in the blaze.

Police believe the lead could coat the surfaces of apartments, homes, and businesses near to the cathedral and have urged residents to give their homes and offices a thorough clean using a damp cloth to rid furniture and walls of lead dust. Authorities have also recommended that children and pregnant women, who are particularly susceptible to lead poisoning, should wash their hands frequently to avoid ingesting any potential lead particles.

Product Post: Code 3 XTP3 Series Directional LED Surface Mount Light

This Code 3 XTP3 Series Directional LED Surface Mount Light is a member of an extraordinary family of Code 3 warning lights. The revolutionary design of the XTP Series packages style, versatility, and performance into a compact, sleek design providing all the capabilities demanded from a high-performance light for a fraction of the cost. 

The Code 3 XTP3 Series Directional LED Surface Mount Light

Each model delivers a bright, controllable signal within a sleek, low-profile design. These compact, waterproof exterior lights can be mounted virtually anywhere on a vehicle to meet any need or application. The exceptional design and versatility of the XTP Series makes it the quintessential addition to any emergency vehicle.

The XTP Series is backwards compatible with all XT Series mounting brackets. All XTPs utilize smart sensing electronic technology, allowing the lighthead to use either its built-in flash programming or receive signals from any external flashing device. 

Small yet bright, these lights can be mounted nearly anywhere on your vehicle for optimal coverage.


Each model is compatible with the Code 3 lighthead programmer, allowing for easy, quick flash pattern setup. Models can be programmed to operate on their own or in synchronization with other compatible Code 3 lights. The XTP’s round edges and sleek, slim design blends perfectly on the contours of today’s vehicles. Each low-profile model measures only 0.6 inch (15 mm) in depth. Available with a standard black bezel or optional chrome and black rubber bezels making it customizable and easy to match any vehicle design.

Features:

  • Delivers a bright signal in a sleek, low-profile design.
  • Allows for placement almost anywhere on the vehicle with its compact design.
  • Provides users with a versatile, high-performance exterior light at an affordable price.
  • Available in Amber, Blue, Green, Red, and White.
  • 21 flash patterns including Steady-burn.
  • Controllable flash pattern output.
  • Programmable with the Code 3 Lighthead Programmer.
  • Syncable with Code 3’s Chase, MR6, Mega Thin, and M180 lights.
  • Same mounting hole pattern and brackets as the XT lights.
  • Multiple flash patterns with phase 1 and phase 2 syncing capabilities.
  • Black bezel standard.

Specifications:

  • Voltage: 12VDC
  • Power usage: 6 watts max
  • Temperature range: -40°F to 158°F (-40°C to 70°C) 
  • Certifications: SAE J595 Class 1, SAE J575, California Title 13, ECE R65, ECE R10, RoHS
  • Dimensions: 1.4” H x 3.7” L x 0.6” D (36 x 93 x 15 mm)

Code 3 Five Year Warranty

Russian Jet ‘Struck by Lightning’, Killing 41 Passengers

An Aeroflot jet heading to Murmansk, Russia burst into flames after making an emergency landing at Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow on Sunday. Passengers and crew who were on board at the time of the crash said the plane was struck by lightning, just before it crashed onto the runway.

A plane traveling to Murmansk, Russia was forced to make an emergency landing in Moscow on Sunday after allegedly being struck by lightning shortly after takeoff. Photo Courtesy of AFP

Of the 78 people on board, 41 were killed in the accident. The crash is still being investigated and no officials have commented on whether or not the Superjet-100 aircraft was struck by lightning. The black box, a record of flight data and conversations within the contact, remained intact and is being handled by the investigation team.

Russia’s national carrier reported that the aircraft landed in Moscow for “technical reasons”, though passengers and crew insist that lightning played a role in the accident.

Airport Fire Crews work to put out the blaze as passengers evacuate the Aeroflot jet via inflatable slides. Photo Courtesy of East2West.

The pilot at the time of the crash, Denis Yevdokimov, spoke with Russian media after the accident. He said that lightning disrupted his communication with air traffic controllers, leading him to engage in the emergency manual mode.

Dmitry Khlebushkin, a passenger, told reporters: “I’m alive only thanks to the stewardesses. The girls stood there in the smoke, it was dark, extremely hot, but they pulled people out and helped them get down the chutes”.

Modern planes are built to withstand lightning strikes as many commercial flights often experience lightning strikes during flight. These strikes rarely lead to crashes, however.

Upon landing, the plane was evacuated in under a minute. A stewardess on board the flight, Tatyana Kasatkina, told reporters from Russian media Lenta that people were trying to evacuate before the plane had even landed.

“It all happened really fast, in a matter of seconds… I was pushing passengers out. I grabbed each one by the collar, so that they wouldn’t delay the evacuation,” said Kasatkina.

Russian President Vladimir Putin shared his condolences with the families of the victims and the government of Murmansk, the region where the plane was headed, has announced a three-day period of mourning.

Texas Fire Department Receives New Fire Equipment Courtesy of Grant

Corsicana Fire Department, located just south of Dallas, Texas, has received a $3,000 fire prevention grant that will go towards new equipment for the entire department.

The grant is courtesy of FM Global, a massive commercial property insurer. The company has awarded millions of dollars in grants towards fire prevention to departments all over the world as part of its strategy to combat fire as the leading cause of property damage.

Fire Chief Paul Henley said the grant will go towards buying new iPads for each fire engine. The iPads will be used in fire safety surveys that will then be stored in a digital database, to ensure performance and safety standards are always up to snuff.

The grant will also go towards assisting the fire teams in charge of pre-fire planning. The teams hope to collect and track data on community infrastructure to help fire crews perform more efficiently and safely when future emergency situations arise.

“This is going to ensure we get out to local buildings,” said Fire Chief Henley. “They will be wonderful fire prevention tools.”

Product Post: Feniex Fusion Single Color Surface Mount Light

Looking for an intense warning light that can be mounted just about anywhere on your vehicle? Why not try the Feniex Fusion Single Color Surface Mount Light?

The Feniex Fusion Single Color Surface Mount Light provides intense lighting in a very compact housing. At under 1″ tall, this light offers serious warning capabilty for almost any part of the vehicle. The Single Color version has Six 4-watt Cree LEDs give this module an intensely bright warning signal. Your choice of either 40° optics for directional punch, or 180° optics for maximum light spread. Imagine the possibilities!

The Single Color version has 20 user selectable flash patterns make sure that this light attracts maximum attention. Combine all of these features in a ultra-rugged, weather-resistant, metal housing enclosure and a Feniex 5 Year Warranty.

Give us a call for pricing at 503-670-4700 or head on over to Sirennet.com

Features:

  • 6 high power 4 Watt Cree LEDs.
  • Colors: Amber, Blue, Green, Red, White.
  • 20 flash patterns.
  • Available in 180° or 40° light spread optics.
  • Available brake, turn and steady on patterns.
  • Two programmable modes.
  • Ultra-rugged, weather-resistant, metal housing enclosure.
  • Includes surface mount bezel and protective, rubber mounting pad.

Syncs with:

  • Fusion 1X and 2X Deck/Dash Lights
  • Fusion Mirror Mount Lights
  • Fusion Spoiler Mount Lights
  • Fusion 200 Light Stick
  • Cannon Hide-A-Ways
  • T3 Perimeter Lights
  • Wide-Lux Perimeter Lights

Tech Specs:

  • Input voltage 12 VDC
  • Current Draw: 0.75 Amp
  • Cable Harness length: 10 Inches
  • Certifications SAE J595, California Title 13, SAE J1119
  • Dimensions 0.85″ H x 4.5″ L x 0.85″
  • Made in the USA

United Nations Praises India’s Cyclone Fani Preparations

When Cyclone Fani made landfall on the southeastern coast of India on Friday, it was the biggest cyclone the country had seen in 20 years. But due to the preparations made by India’s government and emergency services crews, it wasn’t the most devastating.

Cyclone Fani’s path of destruction included bringing down countless telephone poles, like these in Puri, Bhubaneswar. Photo Courtesy of Reuters

Before the tropical cyclone arrived, Indian officials evacuated more than a million people from the southeastern state of Odisha, which was expected to be hit the hardest by the storm.

The cyclone ripped through cities and towns on Friday, causing major damage to homes and infrastructure. It then moved towards Bangladesh, where it caused further destruction and took the lives of 34 people, according to Bangladeshi officials. The death toll could rise, as emergency crews struggle to communicate with survivors who are stranded in the parts of Bangladesh that have seen the most destruction.

“Because of [its] rarity, the tracking and prediction was very challenging. In fact, till 24 hours of landfall, one was not sure about the trajectory it was going to take because of the predictions of different agencies,” said Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in a statement.

India wasn’t the only country that suffered at the hands of Cyclone Fani: Bangladeshi people try to fix their homes after Fani tore through their towns over the weekend. Photo Courtesy of Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

“This led to one of the biggest human evacuations in history – a record 1.2 million people were evacuated in 24 hours.”

This is not the first time the state of Odisha has experienced major tropical cyclones. In 1999, the Indian state suffered through a 30-hour super-cyclone that wreaked havoc on buildings and roads and killed over 10,000 people.

Nearly 20 years later, Odisha has improved their evacuation drills, public awareness campaigns, and forecasting techniques and the number of deaths has decreased dramatically. 16 people were killed as a result of Friday’s storm and 160 people are reported to be injured.

The steps taken by Indian authorities was praised by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) for being “effective” and had “saved many lives”.

Other international experts applauded the swift action of India’s emergency crews and weather scientists. Josh Morgerman, a cyclone expert from the U.S. wrote “Credit goes to #India authorities for their aggressive pre-impact response, including massive evacuations.”

An Inside Look at Coachella Security

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, a once-a-year festival held in Indio, California, is one of the biggest and most well-known festivals in the United States. Coachella, as it’s commonly known as, typically draws up to 250,000 people and is held over two three-day weekends in the spring. Festival goers camp, listen to live performances, and do their best to manage the sweltering heat of the southern California sun.

But a festival of 250,000 people requires a lot of planning and management, particularly when you consider the security aspect of it.

Administrative Officer Ben Guitron works for the Indio Police Department, which teams up with festival planners to help staff security and manage festival-goers.

We spoke to Mr. Guitron about Indio PD’s involvement in Coachella security.

“For the last 20 years, we have been the lead law enforcement agency for these festivals in the city of Indio. We provide the law enforcement side of it, but the promoter has other services that help that are security related, like private security,” said Guitron.

Indio Police Department stay vigilant during a Coachella festival Weekend. Photo Courtesy of Christopher Victorio

Coachella and Stagecoach are not the only festivals that call Indio home. The city puts on many festivals, some small and some as big as Coachella, generating hundreds of thousands of people. This requires Indio PD to boost their numbers for festival days in order to keep the city and the event safe.

“Because of our security plan, we never disclose the amount of staffing,” said Guitron. “But because of the amount and volume of services that need to be done, we have to augment our services. So we contract with additional law enforcement services to assist us, which would be the California Highway Patrol and other municipal agencies in the Coachella Valley to help us provide police services. In every aspect the lead agency is Indio Police Department and then all the other agencies work under our direction.”

Coachella draws large numbers of festival goers every year, many of whom choose to camp on festival grounds. In addition to policing the grounds of the festival, Indio PD is also in charge of policing the camping areas and assisting in traffic control.

Photo Courtesy of KESQ

Festivals of this size are expensive but all of the funding for the festivals comes from the promoter and not from any of the city’s budget. And while the city isn’t footing the bill, Indio PD still dedicate a significant amount of time to planning the festival, and other events.

“All of the festivals that we do, depending on the size, as soon as the festival is done we’re already planning for the following year. Even though we have a plan, the plan is never done because we’re always adjusting and modifying. As we get closer to the festivals, we go into festival mode. The two to three weeks before the festival we start narrowing our plan into action.”

But if any Indio citizens are worried that the police are focusing too much on Coachella and not enough on regular law enforcement, they shouldn’t be. To Indio Police, the city of Indio is priority #1.

“Our number one obligation is, obviously, the city, which is almost 100,000 people,” said Guitron. “So we have to maintain the same level of services as if there was no festival. That is our responsibility. We run the city law enforcement service 24/7, 365 days a year and then we have a contingency of staff working with the other agencies for the festivals.”

The Coachella Music and Arts Festival. Photo Courtesy of NBC Los Angeles

So when Indio police are on festival duty, what is the most common offense that they deal with? The arrests are typically alcohol related offenses, false identification, and possession of drugs. This year’s festival had less arrests than the previous year.

“100,000 people attend the event and on our first weekend, April 11-14, and that event generated 99 arrests. But if you look at the volume of people that attend from around the world, it’s not much, especially when you have an attendance of over 100,000 people,” said Guitron.

And while the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival has been held in Indio for nearly twenty years, the Indio Police Department is committed to improving their security strategies and keeping the festival safe and fun for everyone.

“We’ve been doing this for over a decade. We learned a lot from our very first festival and we have changed quite a bit. We’ve learned to make changes as needed, we know that there’s never going be a final plan because things tend to change,” said Guitron.

“When something has gone wrong at a festival, we pay attention so we can improve. It’s no different than when there are natural disasters and everyone tries to be prepared. We’re doing the same thing because we want to make sure that the festivals are safe and that everybody enjoys themselves.”

Victim of UNC Shooting Rushed Shooter, Saving Lives

On April 30, a shooter opened fire in a classroom at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte killing two people and wounding four others.

Police arrested the suspect shortly after being informed of the violence, and the suspect remains in police custody.

While the police acted heroically, another hero to emerge from the tragedy was Riley Howell, a 21 year old student who tackled the shooter in an attempt to stop the violence and save lives.

Riley Howell was finishing his freshman year of college when a gunman stormed his classroom on the last day of the term. Howell tackled the gunman, losing his own life in the process. Photo Courtesy of CNN.

Howell was shot dead, as was 19-year-old Reed Parlier, though his bravery saved many other students.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Chief Kerr Putney said Howell’s actions helped police arrest the shooter sooner and saved lives in the process, and that tackling the shooter was the right thing to do in the situation.

“You’re either going to run, you’re going to hide and shield, or you’re going to take the fight to the assailant. Having no place to run or hide, [Howell] did the last,” said Chief Putney.

Before he lost his life saving others, Howell had dreams of entering the military or becoming a firefighter. He was the oldest of four children and always helped take care of his siblings, while growing up on his family’s farm in North Carolina.

“His faith was strong and he knew what he had to do when people needed him most,” said Howell’s family in a statement on Wednesday. “He was always the guy you could count on and he delivered.”

Howell was finishing up his freshman year of college when the shooting occurred.

The University of North Carolina, Charlotte has identified the wounded as Rami Al-Ramadhan, 20, of Saihat, Saudi Arabia; Sean DeHart, 20, and Drew Pescaro, 19, of Apex, North Carolina, and Emily Houpt, 23, of Charlotte.

Shooting at North Carolina Campus Leaves 2 Dead, 4 Injured

Two people were killed and four people were injured in a shooting at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte on April 30.

The shooting took place on the last day of classes and prompted faculty to announce a campus-wide lockdown until the shooter was apprehended by police.

Officers who were stationed on the scene for a campus concert rushed the suspect and arrested him after being alerted to the shooting happening in a nearby classroom building.

“Our officers’ actions definitely saved lives,” said Campus Police Chief Jeff Baker at a news conference.

A UNCC professor, Susan Harden was at home during the time of the shooting but headed to campus once she heard the news to volunteer at a staging area. Harden knew the location of the shooting well, as she had taught in that building before.

“It breaks my heart. We’re torn up about what’s happened,” Harden said. “Students should be able to learn in peace and in safety and professors ought to be able to do their jobs in safety.”


India Prepares for Worst Cyclone in 5 Years

100 million people are in the path of a cyclone heading towards India’s east coast, a cyclone that could be the worst India has faced in the last five years.

Officials have begun evacuating cities and neighborhoods in anticipation of the cyclone’s landfall, which is expected to hit India on Friday.

Cyclone Fani creeps closer to the eastern coast of India and is expected to make landfall on Friday afternoon. Photo Courtesy of CNN

The tropical cyclone, named Fani, exhibited winds of 130 mph and gusts of 160 mph on Thursday, qualifying it as a Category 4 storm.

Though the cyclone has not landed yet, the wind generated by it have already affected the state of Andhra Pradesh and is expected to impact coastal cities in the state of Odisha as well.

The Indian Navy and Coast Guard have begun preparations for the storm’s aftermath by deploying ships and helicopters to be used for search and rescue purposes, as well as delivering supplies to people in need. The Indian Army and Air Force are also preparing for the storm by placing several squads on standby in the states that are expected to be hit the worst by the tropical cyclone.

Nearly 900 shelters have been set up for people who have evacuated their homes ahead of the storm’s landfall, while teams from the National Disaster Response Force have been going door to door warning families of the danger of remaining at home and encouraging them to evacuate.

Fisherman have been urged to stay out of the ocean until it has been determined safe to sail.

Product Post: Able 2 Dual Head LED Mini LightBar

For today’s post, we’re taking a closer look at the Able 2 SHO-ME Dual Head LED Mini Lightbar.

The Missouri-based Able 2 team created the Dual Head LED Mini Lightbar to be extremely bright, aerodynamic, low-profile. It’s a single-level bar with an extruded aluminum base and a clear, UV-resistant polycarbonate dome with gasket.

Sleek and bright, you need this light!

What makes it so bright? The mini bar is fitted with two single color 360° LED beacon style lights with Six 3 Watt LEDs in each beacon. The lightbar also features a built-in flasher that has seven user-selectable flash patterns and there is a Diamond-shaped mirror that enhances each flash.

Permanent-mount models have a 15 foot power cable and mounting hardware. Magnetic-mount models have a 15 foot power cable, fused cigarette lighter plug with POWER & MODE switches, and four 90 lb. pull magnets.

Features:
Two single color 360° LED beacons per mini bar.
Exceptionally bright light from 12 – 3 Watt LEDs. (Six 3 Watt LEDs in each head.)
Available LED colors include: Amber, Blue, Green, Red and White.
Available Lens colors include: Amber, Blue, Green, Red and Clear.
Clear Lenses can be used with any color LEDs.
Amber beacons meet SAE J845 Class 2 standards.
Solid-state flasher has seven user-selectable flash patterns.
Diamond-shaped mirror enhances each flash.
Clear UV-resistant polycarbonate dome with gasket.
Extruded aluminum base.
Permanent-mount models have a 15 foot power cable and mounting hardware.
Magnetic-mount models have a 15 foot power cable, fused cigarette lighter plug with POWER & MODE switches, and four 90 lb. pull magnets.
Made in the U.S.A.

Flash Patterns:
1. Double Alternating
2. Quad Alternating
3. Quint Alternating
4. Double Simultaneous
5. Quad Simultaneous
6. MEGA Alternating
7. Random

Specifications

Permanent Mount:
Voltage: 12 VDC
Amperage: 3 amps max
Dimensions: 2-1/4″ H x 9-1/8″ W x 17-1/4″ L
Wiring: 15 foot power cable

Magnetic Mount:
Voltage: 12 VDC
Amperage: 3 amps max
Dimensions: 3-1/4″ H x 9-1/8″ W x 17-1/4″ L
Wiring: 15 foot power cable with fused cigarette lighter plug with POWER & MODE switches

Able 2 SHO-ME Five Year Warranty

WARNING: Under no circumstance should a magnetic mount light be used on a vehicle in motion. Doing so will violate all warranties and eliminate the possibility of returns or exchanges.

Whelen Renames Ceridian Lightbar to Cenator Lightbar

Whelen Engineering has changed the name of its Ceridian Lightbar Series to the Cenator Series but the lightbar remains the same: low profile design and a multitude of unique features and options for optimal versatility.

New name, same incredible lightbar!

The Cenator Series is available Amber, Blue, Red, and White and is also available in SOLO (single color), DUO (two color), and TRIO (three color) models.

You can also get these as Standard Current or WeCan models. Cenators are available with colored lenses and colored internal filters. The Cenator CP Series models features BroadBand Blue technology. Broadband Blue delivers a higher intensity, creates a larger optical image, and produces a more consistent color.

More information is available below, for pricing give us a call at 503-670-4700!

Features:

  • Available in 42 inch, 48 inch, and 54 inch models.
  • Available in SOLO (single color), DUO (two color), and TRIO (three color) models.
  • Available in Standard Current or WeCan models.
  • Multiple LED technologies are available for high performance versatility.
  • Lighthead modules mount in any position.
  • Hard-coated lenses minimize environmental damage from sand, salt, sun, and road chemicals.
  • Advanced Thermal Design improves LED performance during extended operation.
  • Sleek newly designed mounting foot compliments lightbar design.
  • Clear outer domes with optional color tops.
  • Smoked domes are also available.
  • Optional Traffic Advisor and Red, Blue, or Amber internal filters.
  • Optional single LED precision focused take-down and alley lights.
  • CP Series models feature BroadBand Blue technology.

Certifications:

  • Designed to meet SAE Class 1 and California Title XIII when properly configured
  • Designed to meet IP65 standards
  • Meets SAE J1113/CISPR 25 and R10 standards

Specifications:

  • Voltage: 12 VDC or 24 VDC
  • Height & width: 2.5” (6.4cm) H, 12.1” (30.7cm) W.
  • Standard lengths: 42” (107cm), 48” (122cm), and 54” (137cm).

Whelen Five Year Warranty

Whelen Inner Edge FST

The newly designed, low-profile Inner Edge FST Series better utilizes vehicle contours, providing higher visibility and a custom fit. Whelen’s all-new, Proclera Silicone Optics increase clarity and have the power to punch through tints. The Inner Edge FST Series is available with SOLO, DUO, or TRIO technology.

The Inner Edge FST Series now features BroadBand Blue. BroadBand Blue delivers produces a more consistent color at a high intensity and creates a larger optical image, all while being easier on the eyes – especially at night. Backed by a Whelen 5 Year Warranty.

• Meets SAE Class 1 and California Title XIII specifications
• Mounts to visor anchor points
• Available as passenger side only or driver and passenger side
• 38 Scan-Lock flash patterns
• Available in Red, Amber, White, and NEW BroadBand Blue
• Low Current models are available with SOLO light modules
• WeCan models are fully programmable, providing individual control of each color, and are available with SOLO, DUO, or TRIO interleaved light modules
• NEW Proclera Optic Technology features 100% silicone internal optics
• Vehicle specific housing minimizes flashback to vehicle passengers
• 17′ cable included
• Ships fully assembled
• 12 VDC
• Five or six lamps (per side)
• Depth and height vary by vehicle model

Additional $1M Granted to Fund Body Armor for Ohio Police

The state of Ohio has granted an additional $1 million to fund body armor for Ohio law enforcement.

The attorney general and the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation announced that the BWC would be granting the extra $1m in order to meet the high demand for body armor orders by law enforcement agencies. All agencies with pending applications or plans to apply for body armor are expected to benefit from the $1m pledge.

The program was created in 2018 and now has a total budget of $3.5 million.

Law enforcement agencies that pay BWC premiums are able to receive the funding; the BWC has said that 335 agencies have had funding approved so far.

The law enforcement agencies are eligible to receive $40,000, with a 25% match from local funding, to buy protective vests for their officers.

Drones Help Police Find Missing Man in Florida

Police were able to locate a 77 year old man with the help of six drones after the man went missing in Collier County, Florida.

The man, who has mental health problems, had been missing for two hours before police were contacted. Using department issued drones, the police were able to cover a greater area than if they had led the operation strictly on foot.

A picture of the drone used by Collier County PD to help find and rescue a 77 year old man who had gone missing from his home on April 17. Photo Courtesy of Collier County Sheriff’s Office

The Drones Operations Unit used six drones to scour the local area in search of the man. Drone Pilot Cpl. Harley Terrill was in charge of the drone that spotted the man walking under a canopy of trees.

Police officers then arrived at the scene and were able to locate the man and bring him home. He was unharmed.

This is the first time the drones had led a search and rescue effort by the Collier County police department.

Russian Police Rescue Abandoned Bear Cub

From the Moscow Times — Police in Russia’s Far East discovered a three-month-old Himalayan bear cub in a cardboard box by the side of the road, the state-run RIA Novosti news agency reported Wednesday.

Russian police rescued this Himalayan bear cub who had been abandoned in a cardboard box by the side of the road. Photo Courtesy of the Moscow Times

The female cub now joins four other orphaned bear cubs who were brought to the “Tiger” wildlife rescue center in Primorye region in February and March.

Upon finding the cub on the roadside, police reported the discovery to local hunting surveillance, who brought her to the wildlife rehabilitation center.

After the rescue mission, the bear was given a full health check and her condition was determined to be “satisfactory.” The rescue center will now work to give the cub the correct nutrition it needs to grow and develop in a spacious outdoor enclosure with plenty of trees to climb and plants to smell.

In February, the rescue center brought in a Himalayan bear cub whose mother was killed by poachers. The center later brought in Miri and Bering, two siblings who were left without a mother; and in late March, a one and a half-month-old female cub came to the center.


Hawaiian Lawmakers Draft Bill to Protect Shorelines

Hawaiian landmark, Waikiki Beach, is in danger. The tourist hotspot and postcard-perfect beach and its surrounding neighborhood could be flooded as a result of rising sea levels caused by global warming.

Waikiki Beach, a Hawaiian landmark, could be in danger if lawmakers don’t take steps to prepare for flooding due to global warming. Photo Courtesy of Hawaii Travel Guide

Honolulu is expected to see flooding regularly, beginning in the next 15 to 20 years and state lawmakers are hoping to pass bills to protect Waikiki and other coastal areas from floods.

Already the area has experienced rising sea levels, with occasional flooding of Waikiki Beach and the roads surrounding it. The coasts aren’t the only areas in danger. Other parts of the Hawaiian islands face flooding, damage to infrastructure, and coastal erosion as global warming becomes more and more serious.

The push to preserve Hawaii’s beaches has two motivations. Hawaiians take great pride in their islands and want to protect the places they live in. There is also the motivation to protect beaches as that is the primary reason Hawaii receives so many tourists each year. Tourists are a major part of the Hawaiian economy and if the beaches that bring them in are underwater, the Hawaiian economy would suffer.

That’s why state Representative Chris Lee has drafted a bill to create a program to protect Hawaii’s coastlines.

“The latest data on sea level rise is quite scary and it’s accelerating faster than we ever thought possible,” said Lee in an interview with the Associated Press. The bill focuses on protecting Honolulu but if successful, could be implemented in other cities and on other islands.

Hawaii’s State Capitol, where lawmakers have approved a bill to begin a project to protect coastal areas from flooding and erosion. Photo courtesy of Hawaii Representative Lauren Matsumoto

Flooding is not Lee’s only concern. Hurricanes will become more common as global warming ramps up, and the damage caused by a major storm is estimated to cost somewhere in the realm of $40 billion.

“The loss of coastal property and infrastructure, increased cost for storm damage and insurance, and loss of life are inevitable if nothing is done, which will add a significant burden to local taxpayers, the state’s economy, and way of life,” says Rep. Lee’s bill.

In order to fund the protection project, Lee’s bill asks for $4 million from state funds and proposes a possible carbon tax, to be rolled out in the future, that would help to finance the coastal project while also cutting back on the use of fossil fuels in Hawaii.

So far, the legislation has found strong support among Hawaiian lawmakers. A version of Lee’s bill has been approved by both chambers of the state Legislature and is awaiting final approval from Hawaii’s governor, David Ige. If signed by Governor Ige, the bill will be passed into law and begin to take effect in the coming months.

This article was informed by reporting from the Associated Press.

Federal Signal MicroPulse C Series 6-LED Warning Light

If you were looking for a very small and very bright warning light, look no further. The Federal Signal MicroPulse C Series 6-LED Warning Light is about as good as they get, available in single color and split color models with 27 user selectable flash patterns.

When you buy a Federal Signal MicroPulse C Series 6-LED Warning Light, it also comes with black surface mount bezel for surface mounting, and stud mounting hardware for easy grille installation on the 2016-17 Ford Police Interceptor Utility to make mounting the light as easy as possible.

Backed by a Federal Signal 3 Year Warranty, you really don’t want to miss out on this small but powerful light!

Features:

  • Single-color models contain 6 LEDs
  • Split-color models contain 3 LEDs of each color (6 total)
  • 27 flash patterns including Steady and Random
  • Each model comes with black surface mount bezel and stud-mount
  • Stud mount included for easy grille installation on the 2016-17 Ford Police Interceptor Utility

Wiring:

  • Red = +12 VDC
  • Black = Chassis Ground
  • Yellow = Sync and pattern select

Specifications:

  • Operating Voltage: 12 VDC
  • Current Draw = 0.7 Amps at 12 VDC
  • Operating Temperature is -40°C to +80°C
  • All models are IP67 rated

Optical Compliance:

  • MPSC-A: SAE J845 Class 1, SAE J595 Class 1, CA Title 13 Class B
  • MPSC-B: SAE J845 Class 2, SAE J595 Class 1, CA Title 13 Class B
  • MPSC-R: SAE J845 Class 1, SAE J595 Class 1, CA Title 13 Class B
  • MPSC-W: SAE J845 Class 2, SAE J595 Class 1, CA Title 13 (n/a)

CISPR 25 Compliance:

  • Radiated emissions = Class 5
  • Conducted emissions = Class 5

Dimensions:

  • Surface Mount: 4.1″ L x 0.9″ W x 0.94″ D
  • Stud Mount: 3.3″ L x 0.7″ W x 0.94″ D

Federal Signal Three Year Warranty

California Environmental Regulations Slow Wildfire Prevention Programs

As California’s population grows and spreads, the tactics used to prevent wildfires are becoming more difficult to implement. Prescribed burns and removal of vegetation are two of the most common ways of preventing wildfires but these tools become more difficult to use when people start to build and move into areas that were once wild.

In this photo from late July 2018, a Cal Fire firefighter helps to set a back burn on Cloverdale Road near Redding, California. (Photo Courtesy of Hector Amezcua/The Sacramento Bee via AP)

The state and federal government is on board to help tackle the wildfire epidemic in California but many feel its not enough.

In March of 2019, Governor Gavin Newsom declared the upcoming wildfire season a state of emergency, hoping to push funds through for forest-thinning projects more quickly. His predecessor, former Governor Jerry Brown also saw wildfires as a major cause for concern. In May 2018, former Governor Brown requested that all the forest land being treated for wildfire prevention be doubled by the year 2023.

The budget for fighting wildfires has also increased. California state Legislature allowed $1bn to be used over five years in the prevention of wildfires. The funds to prevent wildfires came from money generated by California’s carbon trading program.

Additionally, the federal government has said it would like forests to be managed more aggressively.

California’s Board of Forestry, in partnership with Cal Fire, believe 23 million acres of California’s responsibility area would benefit from fuel reduction but the fuel reduction must happen every couple of years in order for it to work effectively.

So if everyone is on board for helping prevent wildfires, why is there a hold up?

California’s strict environmental regulations often slow wildfire prevention techniques. All forest projects must first receive approval under the California Environmental Quality Act, but this could take years and costs money. Calli-Jane DeAnda, the Executive Director for the Butte County Fire Safe Council said the review process eats up 10-15% of the funds received by local fire agencies for forest management programs.

State government has been notified of the bureaucratic hangups faced by fire agencies and is currently working on an EIR (environmental impact report) that is nearly a decade in the making. Since 2010, state officials have been crafting the report so that all vegetation treatments in California would be covered under one document. This would speed up the process for review significantly; projects that would typically take years to receive a green light would now receive an answer in a few weeks.

Lawmakers project that the document will be finished by the end of 2019.

But the men and women at Cal Fire aren’t sure this is the best route to take. Rick Halsey from the California Chaparral Institute said clearing vegetation isn’t the most effective solution.

“We have a home ignition problem,” said Halsey in an interview with the Associated Press, “not a vegetation control problem.”

Using a portion of the money for vegetation clearing and putting it towards building fire-resistant homes would be a better use of funds, in Halsey’s eyes.

“We’ve got to stop looking in different directions than where people are, and frankly Cal Fire is not doing a good job at that,” said Halsey. “The fundamental problem is that they’re a vegetation management agency … they’re not into the building thing. They have to look at the whole picture.”

This story was informed by reporting from the Associated Press.

Whelen M6 V-Series 2-N-1 Super-LED Lighthead

The Whelen M6 V-Series 2-N-1 Super-LED Lighthead (Model M6V2) is ahead of the curve in terms of shape, power, and reach.

Revolutionary in its shape and potential – the Whelen M6 V-Series 2-N-1 Super-LED Lighthead.

The M6 V-Series 2-N-1 Super-LED Lighthead marks a new generation of versatile, compact lightheads that implement Whelen’s Super-LED technology and act as two-in-one warning/perimeter lights.

Not only is it a dynamic shape and can do the work of two lights, this lighthead combines V-Series 180° warning with 6 White Super-LEDs for illumination.

This is a Special Order item. Special order items are non-cancelable, non-returnable, and non-refundable. All sales for special order items are final.

Features:

  • Two-in-one warning/perimeter combination light.
  • Combines 12 Super-LEDs for 180° Warning with 6 White Super-LEDs for illumination.
  • Available in Amber, Blue, Red and White Warning LEDs.
  • 21 Scan-Lock flash patterns including synchronizable patterns.
  • Lens are available as Color-Clear or All Clear.
  • Hard coated lenses minimize environmental damage from the sun, salt and road chemicals.
  • Unique thermal plastic rubber grommet seals 1″ (24mm) wire entry.
  • Surface mount.

Specifications:

  • Amp Draw: M6V2: warning 1.5 amp peak/0.60 avg; perimeter light 0.77 amps.
  • Optional flange available in Chrome (M6FC) or Black (M6FB).
  • Size M6V2: 4-5/16″ (109mm) H x 2-1/4″ (57mm) D x 6-3/4″ (170mm) L.

Warning Certified To:

  • NFPA 1901 when properly configured.
  • ASTM / KKK 1822-F Upper and Lower.
  • NFPA 1917 2013 Edition Upper and Lower.
  • Table 7.9.13.5 Optical Power Requirements Large Ambulance.
  • Table 7.9.14.4 Optical Power Requirements Small Ambulance.
  • SAE J595.
  • SAE J845 Selective Coverage.
  • CAC Title 13.

Illumination Certified To:

  • AMD 024 Perimeter Illumination Spec.: Two lightheads on each side of the vehicle.
  • NFPA 13.10.1.2 Ground Lighting: One lighthead mounted up to 6 feet.

Whelen Five Year HDP Heavy-Duty Professional Warranty

Hundreds Killed and More Injured in Bomb Attacks in Sri Lanka

A series of coordinated attacks at churches and prominent hotels on Easter Sunday has left 290 people dead and hundreds injured in Sri Lanka.

Officials comb through debris at St. Sebastian’s Church in Negombo, a city just north of the capital Colombo. St. Sebastian’s Church was one of three churches targeted by attackers. Photo courtesy of Stringer/Getty Images

Eight blast sites have been reported and the Sri Lankan government has shut down social media and established a curfew while it assesses the possibility for more attacks. The Sri Lankan army has been deployed to holy sites across the country as an extra measure of security.

The US State Department has issued a travel warning stating “terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Sri Lanka” and urging travelers to be careful. A six foot long pipe bomb was found near the Bandaranaike International Airport on Sunday night and was diffused safely.

The Kingsbury Hotel was targeted by a suicide bomber on Sunday, April 21 in Colombo. Photo courtesy of Ishara S. Kodikara/AFP/Getty Images

30 year old Akshat Saraf was a guest at Colombo’s Shangri-La Hotel when he heard two blasts go off. He led his wife and their infant daughter from their room on the 25th floor to the lobby to see what had happened, fearing the worst.

“First blast was very loud and our room started shaking. At first I thought it was a thunderstorm and I didn’t pay too much attention. It had been raining in Sri Lanka for some time,” said Saraf in an interview with CNN.

“It was the second blast when I sensed that something was not right. When we reached the 4th floor we saw blood on the stairs,” said Saraf. “When we evacuated that’s when we saw a lot of ambulances and hotel staffs helping the injured guests outside.”

A police officer surveys the damage at the Shangri-La Hotel in Colombo. Photo courtesy of Dinuka Liyanawatte/ReutersD

“It was a horrific sight. When I saw injured guests, they seemed very serious. Some of them [had] junks of glass stuck in their body. I could see some of the chefs in white aprons covered in blood.”

Armed officers and emergency crews were on the seen within minutes and began evacuating all guests to a nearby shelter.

Sri Lankan police have arrested 24 individuals but no group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Indian Airline Jet Airways Suspends All Operations

The second biggest airline in India has grounded all of its planes after emergency funding from investors and lenders failed to cover the company’s $1.2 billon debt.

Jet Airways, India’s second biggest airlines, has grounded all planes after failing to secure emergency funding from investors. Photo courtesy of BusinessInsider

A rescue deal was agreed at the end of March but Jet Airways was denied a loan of $217 million from its investors, pushing the company further to the brink.

The emergency funding would have gone towards paying for fuel and other services crucial to keeping the airline running. With funding denied, the organization had no choice but to ground all planes.

A statement released by the airline said “Jet Airways is compelled to cancel all its international and domestic flights. The last flight will operate today,” a decision that would be effective “immediately”.

Jet Airways is the second largest airline company in India in terms of market share. It employs over 20,000 people and

The airline said it was forced to take the step as a consortium of lenders had turned down its request for emergency interim funding. 

Without the funding, the airline would not be able to pay for fuel or other critical services to keep operations going.

The company, which until November was India’s second-biggest airline by market share. It employs more than 20,000 people and at its height was running 600 flights a day. Now it owes massive debts to oil companies, pilots, lessors, and suppliers, debts which have only gotten worse in recent weeks.

Lessors have already begun repossessing Jet Airways aircraft in an attempt to reclaim the vehicles and lease them to other airlines.

As for the Jet Airways employees, things remain grim. Many haven’t been paid in months and are worried they never will see another paycheck.

Some are hopeful that their loyalty and many years of service will be rewarded eventually, though they may have to wait a little bit longer. Jet Airways is currently up for auction and the outcome will determine the fate of its employees and its future as an airline.

Far-right Demonstrations Shut Down in Copenhagen after Danish Police Find Grenade

An object resembling a hand grenade was found in the Nørrebro neighborhood of Copenhagen on Tuesday morning, leading police to shut down the far-right demonstrations planned for later that day.

Danish police cordoned off the area at Blågårds Plads on Sunday after a member of the public called in a tip about a possible hand grenade. Photo courtesy of: Philip Davali/Ritzau Scanpix

A member of the public tipped off Copenhagen police. The police assembled the EOD, the bomb disposal unit of the Danish military, who swept the area and confirmed the neighborhood safe on Tuesday morning.

The object is now being investigated by local police. The location of the supposed grenade was also the site of a demonstration that occurred Sunday evening, when a far-right agitator by the name of Rasmus Paludan, attempted to burn a Quran in public.

Paludan has a history with police for breaking Denmark’s anti-racism laws, and was carried off by officers on Sunday evening. Soon after, his crowd of supporters grew rowdy and began antagonizing police. Several people were arrested.

Paludan had planned another demonstration for Tuesday but once the grenade was found, Copenhagen police withdrew permission for the protest to be held.

A tweet from the Copenhagen police justified the cancellation of the protest due to concerns for public safety.

“Our assessment is that (such) a demonstration would present a threat to public peace,” the tweet read.

A follow up statement issued by police also included a ban on demonstrations by Rasmus Paludan until April 23rd. The ban remain in effect and only lifted “as soon as there is no longer a risk to public order.”

Canadian Police Seize Weapons after Spotting Stash on Hidden on a Roof

Winnipeg police responded to a call Sunday night in St. John’s neighborhood after neighbors complained of gunshots and yelling.

Photo courtesy of Winnipeg Free Press

Initially unable to establish where the weapons were being stashed, police officers in a helicopter spotted a suspect hiding firearms on the roof of a two story house.

The suspect removed the guns from the home and stored them on the roof, only to return shortly thereafter and pull the guns back inside again.

The police entered the home and seized one semi-automatic rifle and two sawed-off shotguns. They also recovered a compound bow and ammunition.

Five people now face multiple counts of weapon possession. including a 19 year old man and 17 year old boy.

Three women, aged 16 years old, 22 years old, and 45 years old were also arrested but have been freed after promising to appear in court.

Whelen L21 Series Super-LED 360° Beacons

Whelen’s done it again!

The Whelen L21 Series Super-LED 360° Beacons are brighter than the older models but with lower amp draw. How? The L21 Series Super-LED 360° Beacons use Whelen’s New Broadband Energy Radiator Technology. And the Super-LED light source has a rated life that exceeds that of comparable strobe tubes by more than 50:1!

Size is 6 3/8” wide and 5” high for low domes, 6 1/2” for high domes.

Additional features and specifications can be found below. Whelen also offers a 5 Year Warranty but remember: Under no circumstance should a magnetic mount light be used on a vehicle in motion. Doing so will violate all warranties and eliminate the possibility of returns or exchanges

Features:

  • SmartLED beacon design offers 75 SignalAlert flashes per minute standard.
  • 25 Total Scan-Lock alternating and simultaneous flash patterns built-in.
  • Synchronize with up to 7 more L21 permanent mount beacons.
  • Choice of Low Polycarbonate Dome (Permanent or Magnetic Mount), or High Polycarbonate Dome (Permanent Only).
  • Black polycarbonate base.
  • Virtually no EMI radiation.
  • Permanent mount is supplied with 6” pigtail.
  • Permanent mount methods: Pipe/screws/J-hook.
  • Magnetic Mount includes 10 foot cord and cigar plug with On/Off and Flash Pattern switches, and an 80 lb magnet.

Specifications:

  • Voltage: 12 VDC
  • Current: 1.5 Amps (peak), 0.6 Amps (average).
  • Certified SAE Class J845 Class 1 360° (Amber).
  • 50,000 hour rated life.

Optional Branch Guards and Brackets are available for Low Domes and High Domes.

More than 200 Arrested at Climate Protests in London

The second day of protests organized by a group called Extinction Rebellion ended with more than 200 people being arrested in Central London on Tuesday.

Extinction Rebellion is a group of climate change activists hoping to bring attention to their cause by organizing demonstrations in major cities around the world. Photo courtesy of the Independent.

The climate activists were hoping to shut down roads in the UK capital in order to draw attention to their cause. The protesters camped overnight at Parliament Square, Waterloo Bridge, and popular tourist spot Oxford Circus.

Police said more than half a million people were affected by the protests as 55 bus routes had to be diverted; as of noon on Tuesday, 209 people had been arrested and all are currently still in custody.

More than 200 protestors have been arrested in London as of Tuesday afternoon. Photo courtesy of the BBC.

Most of the charges against the protestors were suspicion of public order offenses, though 5 of the arrested activists have been held on suspicion of criminal damage at the Shell gasoline headquarters in London.

Police have asked the protestors to contain their protest to the Marble Arch area of London.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said that while he understands the activists’ anger and “shared the passion” of the protestors, he was “extremely concerned” after hearing of plans by protestors to disrupt London Underground services on Wednesday.

The activists plan to continue protesting until April 29th and have organized demonstrations in more than 80 cities in 33 countries. Edinburgh has seen one of the biggest protests with 150 activists blocking one of the main roads into the Scottish city’s downtown area.

Notre Dame Cathedral Sustains Major Damage in Fire

Notre Dame, a Paris landmark that brings in millions of tourists every year was badly damaged in a fire that broke out in the evening on Monday.

Parisian landmark Notre Dame is engulfed in flames on Monday, April 15th. Photo courtesy of François Guillot/AFP/Getty Images

Firefighters struggled to control the blaze which damaged the iconic spire and bell towers of the cathedral. The fire is believed to have started accidentally, and may have been caused by building work on the cathedral.

“Everything is burning,” said a spokesperson for the cathedral, André Finot, to French press. “Nothing will remain from the frame.”

Huge plumes of smoke filled the air around the city of Paris and many of the surrounding buildings were evacuated. No injuries or deaths have been reported at this time.

Not only were fire crews trying to contain the blaze, they were also working to save some of the priceless art housed in the cathedral.

Plumes of smoke filled Parisian skies as the fire tore through the centuries old historic cathedral. Photo courtesy of CNN

“There are a lot of art works inside…it’s a real tragedy,” said Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo to reporters on the scene.

Tourists and Parisians alike were visibly moved by the catastrophic damage. Marie-Anna Ecorchard travelled from Brittany to visit her children who were living in Paris and saw the smoke rising from the cathedral while sitting at a nearby cafe.

“It’s dreadful,” Ecorchard said in an interview with the Guardian. “We’ve seen people sobbing, tears pouring down their faces. This is part of the heritage of Paris, not just of Paris but of all France. It’s just terrible to see such a magnificent building go up in flames. You feel it almost physically.”

Code 3 Chase Dual Color Deck/Dash Light

Featuring 4 color combinations, 11 flash patterns, and 12 high intensity LEDs (6 per color), the Code 3 Chase Dual Color Deck/Dash Light (CD3766-VDL) is a great option for a warning light.

It’s a low profile two color LED light for interior applications. The Dual Color Directional LED Warning Light can be programmed to flash either color individually or alternately. Featuring linear optics and individual control of each LED color and an aluminum housing with encapsulated electronics, the CD3766-VDL is an extremely bright, versatile and robust warning light.