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.
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
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.
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
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!
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
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
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”.
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.
“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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.**
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
“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 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.
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.”
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.”
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.
“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.
The “Happiest Place on Earth” is growing but its staff of firefighters is not.
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.”
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
One of Europe’s biggest crime rings, known for drug trafficking, assassinations, and money laundering, was busted by Europol on Wednesday.
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.
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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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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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.
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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Two sightseeing planes carrying cruise ship tourists collided on Monday, leaving four passengers dead and ten wounded. Two people remain missing.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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
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.
Fusion 1X and 2X Deck/Dash Lights
Fusion Mirror Mount Lights
Fusion Spoiler Mount Lights
Fusion 200 Light Stick
T3 Perimeter Lights
Wide-Lux Perimeter Lights
Input voltage 12 VDC
Current Draw: 0.75 Amp
Cable Harness length: 10 Inches
Certifications SAE J595, California Title 13, SAE J1119
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.
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.
“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.”
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.
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.
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.”
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.”
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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).
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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!
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
Red = +12 VDC
Black = Chassis Ground
Yellow = Sync and pattern select
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
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)
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.
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.
A series of coordinated attacks at churches and prominent hotels on Easter Sunday has left 290 people dead and hundreds injured in Sri Lanka.
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.
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.”
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
“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.”
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.
Available Color Combinations:
CD3766AW-VDL (6) Amber and (6) White LEDs
CD3766BW-VDL (6) Blue and (6) White LEDs
CD3766RB-VDL (6) Red and (6) Blue LEDs
CD3766RW-VDL (6) Red and (6) White LEDs
12 high intensity LEDs (6 LEDs of each color).
Each LED color can be controlled independently.
69 flash patterns.
Aluminum housing, polycarbonate lens.
Deck/Dash Mount: 4 suction cups or 2 “L” brackets.
9 foot long cable 2 switch plug.
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: 2.25″ H x 7.75″ W x 4.50″ D (57 mm x 197 mm x 114 mm).
New technology will help UK police find drivers who use their phones while behind the wheel. Mobile phone detectors will be used by the Thames Valley and Hampshire police forces in an effort to reduce the number of deaths and accidents caused by distracted drivers on cell phones.
The technology features a sign that can detect there is a phone being used in the car, and will flash a signal telling the driver to pay attention and get off the phone. The only problem is the detector isn’t able to tell whether the phone is being used by the driver or a passenger.
Police hope the sign encourage motorists to put the phone down and that it will lead them to areas where phone use is most common. The sign will not be used as an “enforcement tool”.
The sign cannot record drivers, but it does pick up 2G, 3G, and 4G signals and will flash at drivers to remind them to put their phones down. While the police admit it isn’t a perfect solution, they hope it will increase awareness about the dangers of mobile phone use and lead to less accidents in the future.
An explosion at a building in Durham, North Carolina has killed one person and injured 17 others, according to officials.
After reports of a gas leak were made, North Carolina firefighters showed up to a building Wednesday and began to evacuate the occupants. The building exploded during the evacuation, killing one person and injuring several others.
Durham’s Fire Chief Robert Zoldos reported the blast occurred at 10:07 a.m. and affected five buildings on the block, one of which suffered major damaged.
Once the fire had been contained, rescue crews began their work looking for anyone left behind in the explosion. Fire chief Zoldos said no one is unaccounted for but search and rescue teams will use listening devices as well as dogs to ensure no one is trapped inside.
Of the 17 people injured, one has been sent to a burn center and six are in critical condition. A firefighter who had responded to the gas leak call was also seriously injured and in surgery but is expected to recover.
The police department confirmed that the explosion was caused by a contractor boring under a sidewalk who accidentally hit a 2-inch gas line.
The explosion caused the windows of a nearby office building to blow out. Jim Rogalski, 58, was working in that building when the blast went off and did not suffer any injuries but admitted the explosion was “terrifying”.
“There was lots of screaming. …” Rogalski said in an interview with the Associated Press. “It was pretty frantic there for a little bit until help showed up.”
Four people working in Rogalski’s office who were seated at near the windows sustained bloody head wounds, deep cuts, and other injuries.
“It was terrifying,” Rogalski said. “The whole building shook. Things started falling — ceiling tiles, and structure and glass and debris. Lots and lots of dust. It was tough to see beyond 20 feet or so.”
In a press release on Wednesday, Dominion Energy said that subsidiary company PSNC Energy had been made aware of “third-party” damage to a natural gas line in Durham. A PSNC Energy worker was dispatched to the scene, and the explosion “occurred shortly thereafter.” Dominion Energy said the gas was shut off completely when more crews arrived to deal with the explosion.
Dominion said its “thoughts and prayers are with those impacted by this tragic event as well as their families.”
For Wednesday’s Product Post, the Sirennet Team is taking a look at the ECCO 3410 Series 8 Module Safety Director.
This item is a high-intensity warning system designed to direct traffic approaching from the rear of a stationary vehicle. The light is able to be mounted on the interior or exterior of the vehicle, and is compact enough that it won’t block vision or stick out. It can be mounted either flush to the vehicle or using the provided mounting brackets.
The 3410 Safety Director has eight warning modules and each warning module has 6 high-intensity LEDs to ensure a strong warning signal to approaching traffic. It is controlled by a modern, soft touch remote that provides fingertip control of the 3410’s nine built-in flash patterns. It also features an LED display that mimics the selected pattern in real time. Includes signal bar, controller and 15 foot cable (Also available in 35 foot and 55 foot lengths).
ECCO offers a 3 Year Warranty with this product. More features and specifications are included below. Head to our website http://sirennet.com for pricing and additional information!
Eight reflective modules with six LEDs.
9 Flash Patterns: 2 Left, 2 Right, 2 for Center Out, 3 for Warning.
5 Soft touch buttons.
Extruded aluminum housing with polycarbonate lens.
Auxillary (ALT) button controls a separate circuit.
LED Color: Amber Only
Voltage: 12 VDC
Current: 1.6 Amps
Temperature Range: -22F to +122F
Approval: SAE J595 Class I, CE, R10
Dimensions: 48.1″ (1222mm) L x 1.9″ (48mm) H x 2.5″ (63mm)
Linda and Tom Cook were driving down a Seattle street on Friday when dozens of power lines and a wooden public utility pole collapsed on their SUV. The couple managed to escape their crushed SUV with the help of firefighters and say they’re lucky to be alive.
In an interview with KOMO-TV, Tom Cook said the crash could have had a tragic ending if the pole had fallen a different way. “If it had hit the glass rather than the roof, it would have just come through,” said Cook. “And the firefighters said the same thing, had it hit to the left or the right, it would have come down on one of us.”
Live wires lay in the road, making the area hazardous for other drivers and emergency crews and it took emergency crews close to an hour to turn off the power lines and safely extract the couple from their SUV. The Cooks were then taken to a nearby medical center where Tom was given five stitches. They were cleared to go home with minor injuries.
But looking at the photos of the crash, you wouldn’t think anyone in the car had survived, said Tom.
“Seeing the photos of the vehicle, if I had seen those photos as a bystander or after the fact and I looked at the photos, I would have said somebody died in the car,” said Cook.
Seattle City Light said that while the poles had been inspected in the last three years, the company is investigating what went wrong.
Houston, we have a problem. In March, the Houston Mayor’s office called for 400 firefighters to be laid off in order to fund pay raises that voters had called for in the last election. The city of Houston estimates the pay raise to be 29%.
In the November elections 59% of voters cast their ballots in favor of giving firefighters the same pay as police officers of the same rank. Back pay will also be issued in the beginning of May, costing the city of Houston $30 million.
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and his administration estimate the cumulative cost of increasing pay would be close to $307 million from fiscal year 2019 to fiscal year 2023.
A couple of weeks after the layoffs were announced, Houston firefighters took to the streets in protest. But unfortunately, their complaints have done little to stop the layoffs from going forward. On Thursday, 66 cadets were sent letters notifying them of their dismissal.
Shirley Kakfwi, an elder of the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation, loves to bead. Her community lives in one of the most remote parts of the Canadian Yukon territory, in a town called Old Crow, and Kakfwi has made them famous by supplying the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) with head-beaded name tags.
In a phone interview with the Canadian Broadcast Corporation, Shirley explained how she got connected with the RCMP, though she had to put down her bead work to take the call.
“They want it, I guess. That’s why I do it,” said Kakfwi. An officer stationed in Old Crow became good friends with Kakfwi and requested a name tag. The rest is history.
“One day, she just said, ‘Do you sew?’ And I said, ‘Yeah, lots.’ She said, ‘Make me a name tag with beads, using the RCMP colours,” Kakfwi told CBC.
“Then she wanted some more for her friends, and then she wanted some more for her workers, and it just went on from there.”
The name tags are small, and feature blue white and yellow beads. They’re inconspicuous enough that the officers are allowed to wear them on their uniform, and they do so with pride.
“That’s going to be lasting,” said Cpl. Pat Russell to CBC. “That’s a keepsake I’ll have for the rest of my career.”
ICE descended upon a technology company in Allen, Texas on Thursday in what is estimated to be the biggest workplace raid in a decade.
CVE Technology Group Inc. employees were targeted by homeland security investigations officers for violating administrative immigration laws and working in the United States unlawfully.
ICE was tipped off by sources complaining that the company had knowingly hired workers who were undocumented or in possession of fake identification papers.
While CVE Technology Group Inc. has yet to make a statement, Katrina W. Berger, an ICE agent that runs the branch’s Homeland Security Investigations unit in Dallas, said “As far as immigration-related arrests, this is the largest ICE worksite operation at one site in the last 10 years.”
Berger was unable to make further comments on the investigation as it is ongoing but said “the numbers of the administrative arrests we made today hint at the significant scope of this investigation.”
For the relatives of family members detained by ICE, the situation seems unjust. In an interview with NBC Dallas-Fort Worth, the daughter of a detained worker, Anel Perez, said “It’s not fair. It’s really sad and it makes a lot of people really angry and frustrated,”
The detained workers will await their fate as ICE processes them and completes the appropriate steps to determining whether or not to send them back to their birth countries or keep them in the United States if they are legal citizens.
Congress legalized hemp in 2018 with very little fanfare. The plant is thought to be a health supplement and has grown in popularity with the rise of CBD oils. But now, it’s being mistaken for marijuana and causing issues for police searching inter-state vehicles during drug busts.
The only way to determine whether a package of the plant is hemp or marijuana is to test its THC levels, and that is a procedure most police aren’t able to do on the spot. Drug-sniffing dogs also don’t have the ability to distinguish between hemp and marijuana, and so will bark at both.
The THC levels are important. There is enough THC in marijuana to get users high, while hemp has almost no THC at all in it. It’s also the reason hemp has been federally legalized while marijuana is still illegal under federal law.
Police officers have been trying to carry out some tests in the field of devices to measure THC levels, but in late March the Drug Enforcement Administration issued an open request for businesses with technologies sensitive enough to determine THC levels of marijuana and hemp to come forward and work together with their officers.
In a statement DEA spokeswoman Barbara Carreno said: “Nobody wants to see someone in jail for a month for the wrong thing. To enable us to do our job, we have to have something that can help us distinguish.”
As the hemp industry grows, the need for THC determining technology is becoming more urgent. Oregon and Kentucky are two of the biggest hemp-growing states but most of the hemp is sent from them to processing plants in Colorado. The trucks criss-crossing state lines carrying processed and unprocessed hemp are the ones causing all the headaches for DEA officers and police.
And in the states where hemp hasn’t been legalized, like Idaho, the headaches are even bigger.
“It’s the greatest example of the cart being put before the horse that I’ve ever thought of,” said Grant Loebs in an interview with the Associated Press. Loebs is on the board of directors of the Idaho Prosecuting Attorneys Association, which has demanded better testing. “You’re trying to make hemp legal so farmers can grow it, but you haven’t put into place anything that’s going to keep marijuana dealers from taking advantage of a huge loophole.”
This story was first reported by by Gillian Flaccus of the Associated Press with help from AP writer Michael R. Blood in Los Angeles.
A wanted criminal’s life on the lam came to end after he was spotted by a police officer while they were both naked in a sauna.
The officer was enjoying the steam room on his day off when he noticed through the haze that the man sweating beside him was a fugitive who had gone on the run after he was convicted of drug offences and attempted assault.
“By a coincidence, and rather amusingly, they both recognised each other in the sauna,” Christoffer Bohman, deputy police chief in the Stockholm district of Rinkeby, told Swedish state broadcaster SVT.
He added: “It’s easier to take action when you have your colleagues with you, and all your tools and equipment. This was as stripped-down as it gets – in more ways than one.”
Mr Bohman praised his junior colleague for keeping “his head cool even when it was hot in a potentially dangerous situation”.
In a Facebook post, he said the fugitive had been “hunted for a long time” after failing to turn up to be sentenced for his crimes, which included an attempted attack on a public servant.
The post on Rinkeby police’s page was headlined “Naked Arrest”.
It was signed off: “We are everywhere. Even if you do not see us, we are there.”
Whelen’s done it again! Today we’re looking at the HHS3200 Hand Held Programmable Siren for 3 reasons: it features innovative technology, it’s been redesigned to be even more durable than its predecessors, and it’s one of the best customizable sirens on the market today.
This cutting-edge HHS Series Hand Held Programmable Siren uses Windows-based programming software for full customization and configuration of all functions.
Whelen completely redesigned the molded amplifier housing of this model, so it won’t show wear and tear as easily as other models. It features standard switching and includes the CANCTL5 Hand-Held controller standard. Operates one or two 100 watt speakers. Completely configurable by the user, these control heads are ergonomically designed for situational awareness of the officer.
This siren has all the tones you’ll need: 37 of them to be specific. Wail, Yelp, Piercer, Manual Siren, and Airhorn tones are preset standard. Tones also include mechanical tones and California Yelp. Eight 10 amp relay outputs and one 15 amp relay output allow the user to control most or all of the other equipment installed on the vehicle.
Windows based programming software for full customization and configuration of all functions.
Wail, Yelp, Piercer, Manual Siren, and Airhorn tones are preset standard.
37 total tones, including mechanical tones and California Yelp are built-in.
Eight 10 amp relay outputs and one 15 amp relay output.
Includes the CANCTL5 Hand-Held controller standard.
Includes 20’ interconnect cable.
Compatible with low current or high current products, or any light with a built-in flasher.
Operates one or two 100 watt speakers.
Durable Black molded housing.
Voltage: 12.8 VDC
Siren Input Current: 16 Amps Max.
Power Outputs: Eight 10 amp relay outputs and one 15 amp relay output.
Dimensions: 7.46” (18.95cm) H, 8.49” (21.56cm) W, 2.35” (5.97cm) D
Certifications: Meets Class A requirements of SAE, AMECA, KKK1822, and California Title XIII when paired with one Whelen 100 watt speaker.
Want to ensure that your fire apparatus or ambulance is seen from a distance so that you can arrive quickly and safely at a scene? The Federal Signal LED Traffic Clearing Light helps to alert drivers faster to the presence of an emergency service vehicle with a unique sequence of flash patterns and strong LED TCL optics.
The flash patterns on this product direct light to the driver’s rear-view mirror warning them of the emergency vehicle, while the LED TCL and perimeter warning lights work together to help warn roadway traffic. A
The Traffic Clearing Light features perimeter lights that provide 360-degree of warning light around the emergency vehicle, in addition to the LED TCL which produces 250+ feet of directional light to the front of the emergency vehicle.
Current Draw 3.0 A/1.5 A (6×4) – 7.0 A (9×7)
Input Voltage 12/24 VDC (6×4) – 12 VDC (9×7)
Operating Temperature Range -40˚C to 80˚C
Physical Specs. (HxWxD) 6×4 – 4.15 in (10.5 cm) x 6.56 (16.7 cm) x 1.67 in (4.2 cm)
9×7 – 7.15 in (18.1 cm) x 9.16 (23.3 cm) x 1.66 in (4.2 cm)
Ship Weight 6×4 – 3.6 lbs (1.6 kg)
9×7 – 2.0 lbs (0.9 kg)
Interested in purchasing one of these models? Head to http://sirennet.com for more details and pricing.
In June 2013, Thelma Hammond was fired from the Ghana National Fire Service for violating an archaic rule forbidding female firefighters from becoming pregnant during their first three years of employment. In September 2014, her colleague Grace Fosu was fired for the same offense.
Now, they’ve been reinstated after winning their lawsuit against the organization that fired them. The victory is symbolic on many levels. It challenges an antiquated law, takes a stand against gender inequality, and is the first successful gender discrimination court case in the West African country.
Less than a year after the case began, in April 2018, Justice Anthony Yeboah declared the regulation “discriminatory in effect, unjustifiable, illegitimate and illegal.”
Justice Yeboah called the dismissal of Fosu and Hammond “[an] unwarranted, institutional onslaught on their fundamental human rights — right to work and freedom from discrimination.”
He ordered the Ghana National Fire Service to reinstate the two women, as well as pay them all of the salaries and bonuses they should have collected had they not been fired.
Justice Yeboah also recommended the GNFS offer the women approximately $9,000 each as compensation “for the trauma and inevitable inconvenience of the wrongful dismissal.”
Despite the historic court victory, Hammond and Fosu had still not been reinstated. Until now.
The law that caused Hammond and Fosu’s dismissal has since been removed and the women are back on the job after nearly five years away from it.
In a phone interview with CNN, both of the women expressed excitement and gratitude at the opportunity to rejoin the fire service.
“To me it is a great joy. I am too excited … My first day is really great and I thank God,” Hammond said.
“I thank God for what he has done for us,” Fosu agreed.
This story was informed by reporting from Kwasi Gyamfi Asiedu for CNN.
Police in England and Wales have been granted greater power in conducting stop and search investigations of suspicious persons in areas of high violence.
Knife crime is on the rise in the United Kingdom, with the number of fatal stabbings reaching record numbers last year to 285 deaths. Home Secretary Sajid Javid hopes the new measures will keep people safe and stop knife crime before it occurs.
To others, however, the stop and search policy is seen as ineffective and “disappointing and regressive”.
Stop and search has often been seen as disproportionately targeting people of color and can be viewed as an abuse of power by police. Regardless, Home Secretary Javid believes the measures are necessary to keep the country safe from knife crime.
“The police are on the front line in the battle against serious violence and it’s vital we give them the right tools to do their jobs,” he said.
Seven police forces in areas where knife crime is at its highest will be given the power of “section 60” checks. In the areas of London, the West Midlands, Merseyside, South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, South Wales and Greater Manchester, police will be able to stop and frisk anyone in a given area they deem suspicious.
Police won’t have to prove that crime “will” occur in order to stop and search someone, only that a crime “may” occur.
For Katrina Ffrench, the chief executive of StopWatch, an organization that campaigns against the excessive use of stop and search, the new policies are upsetting. “This decision is a disappointing and regressive move, which is about politics not saving lives.”
Ffrench believes that allowing police officers a lower threshold for conducting stop and searches “will not only exacerbate the racial disparity, but has the potential to further damage the relationship between the black community and the police,” she said.
Only time will tell whether or not the new measures will be an effective method to deter knife crime.
“Every year, 25,000 people lose their lives on our roads. The vast majority of these accidents are caused by human error.
“With the new advanced safety features that will become mandatory, we can have the same kind of impact as when safety belts were first introduced.”
The technology will utilise GPS with automated mapping meaning that the vehicles fitted with the technology will ‘know’ what the speed limit is at any given point on the road network.
Fewer road casualties will also mean less of a strain on the emergency services and NHS when dealing with accidents which have been caused or exacerbated by speed.
The technology could also mean an end to high-speed pursuits as individuals who are intent on running from the law will not be able to exceed posted speed limits in their attempts to get away from the police.
Two people were killed and two more seriously injured in a shooting in Seattle, Washington on Wednesday.
The unidentified gunman shot a female motorist, injuring her, then walked into the street and shot at a nearby bus. The driver was injured but no one inside the bus was harmed.
The gunman then shot a nearby driver, killing him, and stole the man’s car to drive it into another nearby car, killing that driver.
The suspect is in police custody but the motive behind the act is unclear. Deputy Police Chief Marc Garth Green said in a press conference the shootings were a “random, senseless act”, as per a report by the Seattle Times.
The suspect was later taken into police custody and is being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
Sometimes you want a light that isn’t too flashy, that isn’t too fancy, but that gets the job done. The Code 3 Portable LED Worklight is that light.
The LED Worklight is magnetic so it can be mounted anywhere on the outside of a vehicle to light up a work area or scene quickly and easily. It’s got a rechargeable lithium battery that lasts 3-4 hours (depending on what mode you’re using) and it’s got a 600 high intensity lumens flood beam that can easily light up even the darkest areas.
This LED Worklight comes with 5 modes: 100% steady-burn White, 30% steady-burn White, 100% steady-burn Red, quad flash Red, and double flash Red. It comes with a Code 3 One Year Warranty and features aluminum heatsink housing in black and a polycarbonate lens.
Features: Five White 3-watt LEDs and Five Red 3-watt LEDs. Rechargeable Lithium Battery with charge time less than 7 hours. Run time on battery is 3 to 4 hours depending on mode setting. Cigarette Plug (CW4003) and AC Plug Charger (CW4002-NA) Included. Stainless steel mounting bracket.
Specifications: 650 Raw Lumens, 600 Effective Lumens. IP Rating 67 CE rated Weight: 1.7 lbs. Dimensions: 4.5” W x 9.1” H x 3.9” D (115 mm x 230 mm x 100 mm)
When passengers boarded the Viking Sky ship traveling between the Norwegian cities of Tromso and Stavanger, they were hoping for a relaxing and luxurious cruise free from stress and worry. That’s not what they got.
At around 2 p.m. local time on Saturday, the ship “experienced a loss of engine power off the coast of Norway near Molde” causing it to send out a mayday for help, according to the Viking Ocean cruises website.
The loss of engine power happened during a fierce storm at sea, which led the crew to decide to evacuate as many passengers from the ship as possible via helicopter while the engines were fixed.
Of the 1,300 people on board, 479 were airlifted securely from the cruise ship while the remaining crew and passengers waited nearly 20 hours for the engines to be fixed. On Sunday morning, the engines regained power and the Viking Sky sailed into the closest port with the assistance of one tug assist vessel and two supply ships.
American Jan Terbruegen was one of the passengers who had to wait out the storm while the engine was being fixed. In an interview with CNN affliate Dagbladet, he explained his harrowing experience. “Furniture would slide across the room, slide back and with it came people and glass. It was a very dangerous situation frankly.”
“We were trying to stay lower in the ship towards the center just because it was a recipe for seasickness. And then they called muster stations and within half an hour we figured out that we’re getting off here,” said Terbruegen.
“We could see that we were getting blown in towards some rocks. That was the most frightening thing I think. But luckily that wasn’t our destiny.”
Approximately twenty people had sustained injuries and were being treated at medical facilities in Norway. The Viking Sky said it has cancelled its next cruise on March 27 from Scandinavia to the Kiel Canal.
Cyclone Idai has killed an estimated 750 people in the countries of Malawi, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique while managing to displace thousands more in the southern African region.
The storm landed in Mozambique on March 15 and that country has seen the most damage so far: the coastal city of Beira has been almost completely wiped out and an inland ocean has formed that measures 80 miles long and 15 miles wide.
Massive amounts of rain caused major flooding and parts of Mozambique saw floods of up to 19 feet deep. An estimated 2 million people have been affected by Cyclone Idai, which the United Nations called “one of the worst weather-related disasters ever to hit the southern hemisphere”.
As more rainfall is expected in Mozambique and Zimbabwe, rescue workers worry that sending aid to survivors and rescuing those in need will become increasingly more difficult.
“We are looking at a severe humanitarian emergency here that is affecting thousands and thousands of people. It’s so much more severe than we were expecting,” said International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies spokesperson Caroline Haga in an interview. “These people are now trapped in trees and on rooftops of buildings.”
If you were looking to buy a beacon, wouldn’t you want it to be the brightest beacon on the market? The Whelen L31 Super-LED 360°Beacon is just that. It’s as powerful as a strobe light but maintains the sharpness of an LED.
It’s heavy-duty and features a built-in flasher that comes with selectable Scan-Lock flash patterns, Hi/Low intensity, built-in Cruise Light and synchronization feature. The 360°Beacon also comes with 4 intensity levels that can be selected by momentarily activating the Cruise Light wire.
As the name suggests, this beacon gives 360° of warning and is certified to meet SAE J845 360°, Class I (amber) and CA Title XIII Table 4 360°(amber).
As Prime Minister Theresa May appeals to Brussels for a short delay in the Brexit negotiations, people everywhere are wondering how a no-deal outcome would affect them. One police chief said it could create problems for British police wanting to detaining foreign suspects and for police trying to bring British criminals living as fugitives in Europe back to the UK for trials.
In an interview with Vikram Dodd of the Guardian in February, Deputy assistant commissioner Richard Martin said “Criminals are entrepreneurs of crime … if there is a gap to exploit I’m sure some of them probably would.”
Martin is heading up preparations for national police to deal with whatever Brexit scenario comes to pass, though any kind of exit from the EU is sure to have a significant impact in how the British national police do their job.
As Theresa May requests an extension of Brexit, a no-deal is looking like one of the most likely outcomes, which would lead to the loss of access to the SIS-2 database, a log of outstanding suspects and convictions that police across Europe rely on. The British police used this database 539 million times last year. “If we exit the EU without a deal that gets switched off overnight,” said Martin.
Police would also lose the ability to arrest foreign suspects through the European arrest warrant. This warrant allows a quicker extradition process and gives police the chance to arrest a suspect if they suspect another country has put out a warrant for them.
If British police do spot a suspect they believe is wanted for crimes in France, for example, they would be unable to detain that person even if there was an international warrant via Interpol out for their arrest.
“We could not arrest that person in front of us, while with an EAW (European Arrest Warrant) we can do it instantaneously,” Martin said in the interview. “The officer has to go to a magistrates court to get a warrant under the 1957 convention of extradition.”
That extradition process could take up to 66 days. Any kind of added bureaucracy or procedures would stall action on behalf of the police and have impacts on their ability to make arrests. And while Martin doesn’t think criminals will flock to the UK should a no-deal Brexit happen, he does think that the lack of support from the EU will have implications for his officers.
“If something takes two or three times as long as when you were doing it before, that’s probably another couple of hours maybe you are not back on the streets … It will have an impact on the frontline.”
This story was originally reported by Vikram Dodd of the Guardian.
Looking for something that will work in your undercover vehicle but won’t break the bank? Look no further than the Code 3 LED Visor Flip Light.
It’s lightweight and only 1 inch thick, but don’t think that means it isn’t bright. The item itself will fit snugly on the visor without anyone noticing it, but once you turn it on… well, let’s just say you won’t be able to miss it.
It’s easy to operate and plugs into a cigarette lighter. It also meets all applicable SAE and California Title 13 specifications when properly configured.
26 Flash Patterns
Each side has its own Flash Pattern button
Red or Blue LEDs
Colored or Clear Outer Lenses
Black Polycarbonate Housing
9 Foot Cord with Lighter Plug and On/Off Switch
Mounts using Two Velcro Straps
Voltage: 12 VDC
Current (Red): .85 Amp per module
Current (Blue): 1.0 Amp per module
Certifications: SAE and California Title 13 specifications when properly configured.