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.
When we were choosing which product to discuss with you all today, the Code 3 Pursuit Lightbar seemed like an obvious choice. It’s suitable for many types of vehicles and purposes, it’s sturdy and won’t require much maintenance, and it’s got a low current draw. When it comes to lightbars we love, it’s right at the top.
The Pursuit Lightbar has a sleek, inconspicuous shape but don’t think that will impact it’s light output. This is a powerful, super bright light with two unique levels of lighting (in a 3” high lightbar!) and the upper level contains 360º of ProAxis Optics Technology LEDs in Red, Blue or Amber for maximum warning intensity.
Set on an aluminium chassis and encased in clear, weatherproof, polycarbonate lenses along with encapsulated electronic control modules, this item is strong, durable and protected against the environment. There are numerous options and lengths available and lightbar can either be mounted permanently to the vehicle or mounted using the vehicle roof gutters. It also utilizes individual top lenses for easy internal access with a provision to disconnect the lightbar cable to allow easy removal of the lightbar.
Here are some other unique features that set the Code 3 Pursuit apart from all other lightbars on the market today:
Two Unique Levels of Lighting in a 3” High Lightbar (as mentioned above)
The upper level contains 360º of ProAxis Optics Technology LEDs in Red, Blue or Amber for maximum warning intensity. (as mentioned above)
The lower level contains multiple types of functionality such as takedowns, alley lights, traffic director and optional scene lights.
New optics technology provides exceptional LED brightness for takedown and alley lighting.
Powerful Lower Level LEDs for use as Takedowns, Alley, Rear Arrowstik, Flashing & Intersection Lights in White or Amber.
Cutting Edge Programming and Configuration
All new PC programming software interface (C3 Pro) allows the user to program every level, every head, and every flash pattern to their needs.
Never before seen flash pattern combinations, intersection, dim, and cruise options, that allow the user to create the lightbar for their specific mission.
Corner Intersection Sweeping Flash Pattern for Lower Level Lights.
The best part is the user can preview all of it before installing it on their light bar.
A serial network control system allows for easy control over settings, configurations, flash patterns, and more while still allowing the user to utilize existing control or switching systems.
Unlimited Flash Patterns
Each lighthead can be assigned an individual flash pattern providing almost unlimited flash pattern options.
Flash red/blue on the upper level, a NarrowStik on the bottom rear and a full Takedown on the lower front – all at the same time!
An exceptional Code 3 Sweeping Intersection light pattern for the lower level can be selected.
2 levels of Auto Dimming can be programmed per light head and per level.
The Pursuit allows you to choose from a high or low “Cruise” intensity, and a high or low “Flicker Cruise” intensity.
Impressive Integrated LED Takedown lights
Optional powerful lower level white LED scene lights provide up to 360º of illumination.
Lower level LEDs are individually switchable (left, right, front, and back) for use as alley lights, takedown lights, work lights and intersection lights.
Designed to survive in the harshest of working environments
Revolutionary new internal layout and design, making maintenance and troubleshooting a snap!
An integrated lens sealing system and Encapsulated Control Electronics in conjunction with membrane vents protect the Pursuit from vibration, moisture, dirt, and dust.
Wiring channels and connector retaining clips along with a specifically designed cable gland keep all internal wiring neat, organized, and secure.
A unique top protection system mounted beneath the lightbar lenses secures internal components from damaging UV sunlight while helping the lightbar run cooler and more efficiently.
A curved form factor that allows the lightbar to match the curved roofs of today’s emergency vehicles.
Easy to Install and Troubleshoot
The light bar has one small cable with a hot, ground, and two serial wires making routing and installation of the cable a breeze.
Indicator lights for each lighthead on the circuit board show if it is receiving a signal, making troubleshooting at the board level much faster.
One-to-one plug ratio on internal wiring harness allows easy replacement of a single bad wire as opposed to having to replace a whole harness.
Each lighthead is labeled with a color coded grommet plus a label indicating color/date of manufacture. This makes identifying the LED type and warranty date extremely easy!
Easy to Maintain
Aluminum plates under the top lenses prevent UV degradation.
Uniquely molded grommet system, at entry point of lightbar cable, prevents water ingress or cable wear.
Organized internal locating system contains wiring tracks for routing all wiring and connections, keeping all internals neat and eliminating pinched wires.
Brass inserts are molded into the polycarbonate base to prevent screw stripping or cracking when the top lens screws are tightened.
The tough polycarbonate exterior lenses are fixed to a solid alloy chassis with stainless steel fittings.
The cable gland in the base of the lightbar seals around the ultra-thin 0.40” power and data cable.
Auto Dimming with Photocell
Lower Level Traffic Director
Upper Lenses Available in Red, Blue, Amber or Clear
A blizzard that descended on Colorado and Wyoming last week is now moving east to wreak havoc on the Midwestern United States.
Western Nebraska saw a major snowstorm leading to white-out conditions while other parts of the state saw major rainfall, causing some towns to be evacuated due to the risk of flooding.
Emergency service workers helped to rescue a vehicle that was swept off of a road in Norfolk, Nebraska and that incident, coupled with rising water levels along the Elkhorn River, initiated the evacuation of nearly 24,000 people in the area. The driver of the vehicle has not yet been located.
Other towns in Nebraska, as well as one town in Iowa, have also been evacuated.
South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem began preparing a state of emergency declaration after she closed all state offices Thursday. Shortly after closing state offices, Governor Noem ordered the state’s Emergency Operations Center to open, as the Red Cross opened shelters in the cities of Sioux Falls and Yankton.
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds also signed a state of emergency order on Thursday and opened the state emergency operations center, as record setting levels of rain fell on Sioux City, Iowa.
Colorado was the first victim of this late-winter storm and saw major power outages, travel delays, and grounded planes across the state last week.
Tornadoes in New Mexico and Kentucky have also been linked to this spurt of bad weather.
This story was first reported by By Blake Nicholson and Nelson Lampe of the Associated Press.
40 people have been killed and as many as 20 have been wounded in two attacks on two mosques in the center of Christchurch.
The attacks began just before 2pm on Friday afternoon. Three men and one woman have been arrested in relation to the violence. One of the attacks may have been livestreamed on social media, but apps like Twitter and Facebook are working to locate the video and have it removed immediately from the sites.
Little is known about the attackers at this point, but at least one has been confirmed as an Australian citizen. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has said the attackers were not on watch lists.
An 87 page manifesto spouting anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant rhetoric justifying violence towards these communities was posted on social media shortly before the attacks began, though news outlets have been unable to confirm if that document is directly linked to the attackers.
Ardern has called the tragedies a terrorist attack and warned that the “extremist views” held by the terrorists will not be tolerated in New Zealand. Ardern went on to call the attacks “one of New Zealand’s darkest days.”
“For now my thoughts and I’m sure the thoughts of all New Zealanders are with those who have been affected their families,” she said.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities have charged 20 people with negligence in connection with the country’s deadliest wildfire in decades, which killed 100 and devastated the seaside town of Mati near Athens last year.
Court officials say the suspects include the greater Athens regional authority chief, two local mayors, the former civil protection head, and fire service officials.
Among the 20 charged Tuesday was a 65-year-old resident of an area near Mati, who had allegedly been burning garden waste on open ground from which the fire started.
The charges include manslaughter, causing grievous bodily harm through negligence and arson through negligence. They carry a maximum five-year prison sentence.
The wildfire broke out on July 23, and quickly swept through Mati to the sea.
Wednesday’s Product Post is here and today’s item is the Whelen Ceridian Series Super-LED Lightbar.
The Ceridian Series Super-LED lightbar continues Whelen’s legacy of innovative and versatile products. This lightbar sports a brand new low profile design and comes in Amber, Blue, Red, and White. It can also be ordered in SOLO (one color), DUO (two colors), or TRIO (three colors) variations. These items also are available as Standard Current or WeCan models.
The Ceridian Series can be ordered with colored lenses and colored internal filters. Still not impressed? This lightbar features Broadband Blue technology, which allows for a super intense and consistently colored light, with a big optical image.
Check out our social media (@sirennet_tv on Instagram) for a video of this light in action!
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).
As if the UK didn’t already have enough to worry about, winter storm “Gareth” has struck parts of Scotland and the west coast of the country this week.
Parts of Scotland have experienced flooding as gale force winds of up to 75mph have disrupted traffic, leading to long delays in that part of the country, as well as cancelled ferries and trains causing further commuter frustration.
According to BBC Weather, wave heights could reach 32ft in some parts of the Scottish western coastline.
As parts of the country deal with strong winds and heavy rain, London faces its own kind of storm as Parliament debates the looming Brexit date and whether or not to leave the EU without a deal in place.
Tuesday night saw Prime Minister Theresa May and her plan for leaving the EU defeated by a margin of 149 votes. This has led to another vote which will happen Wednesday evening for members of Parliament to decide to leave the EU on March 29th with no deal or to delay Brexit past the March 29th date.
If the motion to delay Brexit passes, another vote will be held on Thursday evening in which Theresa May will either go to the EU and ask for an extension on Brexit or to leave the European Union without a deal on March 29th.
Should Thursday’s vote lead to an extension, the UK will have 7 options to choose from regarding their exit from the European Union, one of which is no Brexit.
Regardless of which way the vote on Wednesday and the possible Thursday vote goes, the outcomes will be historic for the United Kingdom as well as for the rest of the world.
DETROIT (WXYZ) — A new Bodily Fluid Aftermath Cleanup policy went into effect this week in Detroit for firefighters. It places responsibility for cleaning up tragedies on the first responders.
“Violent scenes. blood. bodily fluids. body parts. it gets very graphic,” said Detroit Fire Fighters Association President Mike Nevin. “Its a complete deviation from anything we’ve ever done. It’s… beyond words.”
Nevin wasted no time pushing back by filing a complaint with the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA).
“Because we haven’t been trained and it’s a safety hazard not only to people that do the cleanup but public as well,” Nevin said.
This story was first published by WXYZ Detroit and reposted by FirefighterNation.com.
From our good buddies at Whelen comes the Avenger II TRIO Combination Linear/TIR Single LED Dash/Deck Light.
Like many of our favorite lights, this model is compact and inconspicuous and can be transferred to different vehicles with ease. The newly designed combination Linear/TIR optics provide high intensity warning and illumination while the smaller profile maximizes space for optimal versatility.
Like its predecessor, the Avenger II continues this product’s reputation for excellent functionality and efficiency.
Some of its features include multiple flash patterns, a SAE Class 1 certification, and 18 Super-LEDs total with 6 TIR and 12 Linear.
The TRIO model includes two recessed buttons in the housing: 1 ScanLock button for flash pattern selection and 1 Mode button for color combination selection.
More information on the Whelen Avenger II TRIO Combo Linear/TIR Single LED Dash/Deck Light is below.
18 Super-LEDs total: 6 TIR and 12 Linear.
TRIO color combinations include:
Multiple flash patterns (See PDF flyer).
SAE Class 1 Certified.
Hardcoated lenses minimize UV damage and resist scratches.
Universal swivel bracket with three suction cups will fit the contour of any windshield or can be used for permanent mount.
Black polycarbonate housing.
Includes 10 foot straight cord with cigar plug featuring two switches for On/Off and steady-burn override.
Voltage: 12 VDC
Certifications: Class 1, SAE J595, California Title 13 (Red Only).
Single unit: 1-3/4” (44mm) H x 4-1/2” (114mm) D x 6-1/2” (165mm) L.
Height with adjustable mounting bracket for all models: 1-3/5” (41mm) to 2-9/10” (74mm).
157 people were on board an Ethiopian Airlines flight bound for Nairobi, Kenya, when the Boeing 737 plane crashed just six minutes after takeoff.
This marks the second time in 5 months a plane with the 737 Max 8 engine has crashed. In October of 2018, a Lion Air flight crashed minutes after takeoff from Jakarta airport in Indonesia. All 189 people on board were killed.
As a result of these accidents, many airlines have decided to ground all planes featuring the 737 Max 8 engine, though experts warn it is not clear that the engine is the main cause of the latest tragedy.
Ethiopian Airlines pilots reported difficulty with the 737 Max 8 engine, a new model by Boeing that according to Jakarta-based aviation analyst Gerry Soejatman, is slightly different to the older version of the vehicle. In an interview with the BBC, Soejatman said the 737 Max’s “engine is a bit further forward and a bit higher in relation to the wing, compared to the previous version of the plane. That affects the balance of the plane”.
After the crash in Jakarta last year, investigators looking into the problems around the accident said the pilots of that flight had apparently struggled with the system designed to keep the plane from stalling. This feature is one of the new attributes of the 737 Max 8.
This new anti-stall feature forced the nose of the Lion Air flight down, while pilots grappled to correct the trajectory of the plane and point the nose upward. The anti-stall system continued to force the nose down, which findings by investigators suggest led to the crash of the Indonesian flight.
“It’s highly suspicious,” Mary Schiavo, the former Inspector General of the US Transportation Department, told CNN in an interview.
“Here we have a brand-new aircraft that’s gone down twice in a year. That rings alarm bells in the aviation industry, because that just doesn’t happen.”
According to Reuters, Boeing is expected to release a correction to the system by way of a software patch.
LONDON (AP) — Britain’s counterterrorism police are investigating after three padded mailing bags containing small explosive devices were found near major transport hubs in London.
Police said smaller bags inside the mailers enclosed the devices that “appear capable of igniting an initially small fire when opened.”
Officials say the Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorism Command “is treating the incidents as a linked series.”
One mailer was found near Heathrow Airport. A building was evacuated as a precaution after the package was opened and part of it burned.
Officials say the building is not at the airport and flights at Britain’s busiest airport were not affected. There were no injuries.
Another mailer turned up near London’s City Airport, a much smaller airport, and the third in the mail room at busy Waterloo Station, a major rail and Underground hub. Those packages were not opened.
Waterloo Station was not evacuated, but a small cordon was put in place outside the station.
Officials say train services to City Airport were suspended as a precaution but have been restored and the building where the package was found was evacuated. Flights were not affected.
Police have advised all transport stations throughout Britain to “be vigilant” and to report any suspicious packages to police.
No arrests have been made and no individual or group has claimed responsibility.
The official terrorism threat level throughout Britain is set at “severe,” indicating that intelligence analysts believe an attack is highly likely.
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For today’s product post we’re looking at the SoundOff mPower Exterior Full Size Lightbar. This lightbar really is in a league of its own. It’s only 1″ thick, which is 50% thinner than its leading competitors and it provides 50% more LEDS within its inboard modules than its competitors. Talk about a standout model!
The inboard modules are available in single color with 6 or 8 LEDs, dual color with 12 LEDs, or tricolor with 18 LEDS. Corner modules are offered in single color with 8 or 16 LEDs, dual color with 16 LEDs, or tricolor with 24 LEDs.
If you thought we were done revealing all of the special features of the mPower Exterior Full Size Lightbar, you were wrong.
The team over at SoundOff Signal collaborated with Dow Corning® to develop Clear Duty® optical module design. The Clear Duty 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, and higher UV and thermal stability to prevent lens from yellowing over time.
It’s some pretty cutting-edge stuff.
The mPower lightbars with multi-color modules (dual or tricolor) that include white LEDs are capable of providing a full 360 degrees of intense scene lighting. Takedowns can be configured as single, dual or tricolor for maximum functionality. Alley lights can be configured as single, dual or tricolor to maximize intersection awareness. Discrete rear-arrow control modules can be combined with warning colors for maximum functionality.
With a SoundOff Five Year Warranty (Ten Year on UV lens discoloration), you won’t want to miss out on this high-tech and incredibly powerful SoundOff mPower Exterior Full Size Lightbar. Check out the features and specifications below, or give us a call at our offices at 888-959-0911 (8AM – 4:30PM PST.) and let our staff assist you with a custom configuration built to meet your needs.
At only 1” thick, mpower is 50% thinner than its leading competitors.
The 48” lightbar model provides 50% more LEDs within its inboard modules than comparable competitive models.
SoundOff Signal collaborated with Dow Corning® to develop Clear Duty® optical module design.
Clear Duty 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.
Inboard modules are available in single color with 6 or 8 LEDs, dual color with 12 LEDs, or tricolor with 18 LEDS.
Corner modules are offered in single color with 8 or 16 LEDs, dual color with 16 LEDs, or tricolor with 24 LEDs.
Inboard and corner modules are were designed to be continuous in order to eliminate lighting gaps.
Lightbars with multi-color modules (dual or tricolor) that include white LEDs are capable of providing a full 360 degrees of intense scene lighting.
Takedowns can be configured as single, dual or tricolor for maximum functionality.
Alley lights can be configured as single, dual or tricolor to maximize intersection awareness.
Discrete rear-arrow control modules can be combined with warning colors for maximum functionality.
Windows based PC application simplifies programming and enhances configurability and control.
Use of PC application in conjunction with SoundOff Signal sirens simplifies install with “plug and play” RJ45 capability; save configuration time and enhance configurability by directly mapping siren buttons to lightbar functions.
Other user configurable options include: cruise mode, front/rear/corner cutoff inputs, nighttime manual dimming, multiple flash patterns, steady burn and stop/tail/turn.
Ten-year warranty on UV lens discoloration.
INPUT VOLTAGE RANGE: 9-16 VDC
Inboard Warning Module: < 5.9 Watts
Corner Module (2-3″ mPower modules): < 11.6 Watts
Alley: < 5.9 Watts
Inboard Warning Module: < 1 Amp
Corner Module (2 3″ mPower modules): < 1.9 Amps
Alley: < 1 Amp
Warning: 66, Takedown/Alley: 25 and Arrow L/C/R: 11
OPERATING TEMPERATURE: -40° C to + 65° C / -40° F to +149° F
The Police Service of Northern Ireland receive 400 calls relating to mental health every week.
From suicide to self harm to psychosis, the range of issues people have is wide and often complex.
Now the police, ambulance service and South Eastern Trust have joined forces to handle some of these calls differently.‘M‘
The idea is to provide on the spot mental health treatment where the crisis is developing rather than a lengthy wait in a hospital Emergency Department.
‘Prevent more distress’
“The difficulty arises when police officers arrive at someone’s home, if they’re in crisis the last thing they want to see is a police officer,” explained Insp Mark Cavanagh, who heads up the project for the police.
“Very often, if the crisis can’t be averted the police then have to accompany the person to an emergency department, adding to the stigma the patient feels, and very often it’s a very time-consuming use of police time.”
Don Bradley, who is in charge of mental health services for the South Eastern Trust, said it was often better for the person going through that distress if they could be treated where the emergency was arising.
“It could help defuse the situation and prevent a lot more distress or even further trauma, so that’s why we all came together,” he said.
The pilot currently operates in North Down and Lisburn at weekends.
The Multi-Agency Triage Team (MATT) briefs officers going on shift reminding them that they’re available and can be contacted directly to assist people with a mental health vulnerability.
The team can then talk to the person on the phone and travel to see them with a paramedic and an ambulance on hand.
Paramedics have a range of skills to deal with people they assess but are limited in terms of mental health issues, said the Ambulance Service’s Ciaran McKenna.
On one Saturday night in February, the first call was about a 38-year-old patient on a mental health ward who had left the hospital. He was deemed as “high-risk”.
Insp Cavanagh explained: “We find that there is information on the health systems that we simply wouldn’t have access to and whenever someone is high-risk that’s where we join forces and try to locate that person and ensure their safety.”
Karen McMillan, a Psychiatric Nurse on the team, said their database has access to the patient’s full history.
“We would also have most likely up-to-date contact numbers and we would in the first attempt try to locate this person,” she said.
“We’ve been successful in the past where a missing person will take our call because we’re from mental health and we’ve been able to keep that person on the line and engage that person to the extent that they will say where they are.
“Then we continue to talk to them on the phone while the police find them.”
At 02:00 GMT another call came in about from the family of a 30-year-old man who was threatening to take his own life.
Local police officers were already at the man’s house, but so far he has remained in a highly distressed state, causing a major concern to his family.
Ms McMillan talked to him on the phone and within minutes he started opening up about his concerns.
He hadn’t had any previous help from mental health services but had been at his local emergency department earlier in the day; he became agitated by the waiting time and left.
Ms McMillan asked him if he’d be willing to speak to a mental health nurse face-to-face, and he agreed.
“He is looking for help,” she explained. “He has a lot of problems, he is struggling but he is seeking help.”
“He feels that no one wants to help him and to break that down took a bit of time.”
The team set off to his home and treated him in his own environment.
This is what makes this pilot scheme so unique.
“To have a mental health nurse sitting in someone’s living room at 02:30 to offer that level of comfort and support to an individual in crisis,” said Insp Cavanagh.
Forty minutes later, the mental health team had helped the patient and his family.
“Mental health problems impact on the whole family and we were able to offer them support too,” said Ms McMillan.
‘Enhance each other’s service’
Returning to police headquarters, Insp Cavanagh said that call epitomises everything the services are trying to do.
“We got someone who was in crisis who had contacted the police the help and support they needed at 02:30, and that says it all,” he said.
“Ordinarily we couldn’t have offered that level of support, so we have to be eternally grateful for our partners the Ambulance Service and the South Eastern Trust for being there when we need them most.”
Ms McMillan agreed, saying the services work well as a team.
“We’ve developed a very good working relationship,” she said. “We enhance each other’s service – this patient got a specialist service and we also got to give advice to his family.”
It’s hoped that the pilot scheme will eventually be rolled out across Northern Ireland.
This story was originally reported by Tara Mills of the BBC News of Northern Ireland.
The death toll has risen to 23 after multiple tornadoes ripped through Lee County in eastern Alabama. Among the victims are an eight year old child, while authorities are still working to identify the bodies.
The damage to homes and the surrounding areas has been described as “catastrophic” by County Sheriff Jay Jones. More bodies are expected to be found as rescue crews work through the destruction.
According to the National Weather Service, the winds classified as “EF-3” meaning speeds of up to 165 mph. The National Weather Service also reminded people to “stay out of damaged areas so first responders could do their job”.
The tornadoes first touched down at 2pm on Sunday about 60 miles east of Montgomery, the state capital, in a town called Beauregard. The winds brought down telephone poles, ripped roofs off of houses, and destroyed local businesses.
A local resident, Scott Fillmer, was interviewed by the BBC and said: “Everything just kind of went dark, when it was almost like night outside. And it’s that old cliché that it sounds like a freight train coming, well that’s what it sounded like.”
Tornado warnings were also issued for South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. Tornadoes caused some damage in Talbotton, a town about 80 miles south of Atlanta while tornadoes were also reported in Walton County and Cairo in northern Florida.
Tornado season typically begins in April and continues to June, making this event an unusual occurrence for the area.
For today’s product post we’re looking at a small but mighty light: the SoundOff LED3 Mini Light. It’s versatile, easy to mount and use, and long lasting.
This little guy has 3 GEN3 LEDs making its light output very strong. The LEDs have a low amp draw so they won’t burn out for a long time. The LED3 Mini Light features Light Sync Technology which allows the user to synchronize up to 4 LED3 Mini Lights at a time.
This light can be mounted to the grille, mirror, around the license plate, and even on the bumper making perfect for any type of vehicle or application. It even works with motorcycle boxes and engine fairings!
The SoundOff LED3 Mini Light comes in Red, Amber, and Blue all of which meet SAE Specs with one light. Red and Blue meet CA Title 13 Spec with one light and Amber meets CA Spec with two lights.
Did we mention this light features 33 built in flash patterns? Coupled with a SoundOff 5 Year No Hassle Warranty, this is not an item you’ll want to pass up. Check out an extended list of features below!
The LED3 Mini Light offers a smaller size with even brighter light output.
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When a gold mine in a remote part of Indonesia collapsed early last week, over twenty people were trapped inside and running out of oxygen. Rescue teams had little success freeing the trapped workers, until an excavator was brought in with the hope of speeding up the rescue operation.
Eight people have died as a result of the mine collapse so far, while 20 people have been rescued said local disaster official Abdul Muin Paputungan on Friday. The mine collapsed on Tuesday, February 26th and close to three dozen people are still thought to be trapped under the rubble.
The mine, in North Sulawesi’s Bolaang Mongondow district, is unlicensed.
Abdul Muin Paputungan said all of the emergency service workers helping to rescue the miners “never stop praying that all those still trapped in the mine are able to survive until we can rescue them.”
Food and water have been passed to the miners but rescue workers are concerned about the amount of oxygen available to those still trapped under the rubble.
The mine collapse was due to mining holes and shifting soil, and while it was an unlicensed operation, this kind of business is not unusual in Indonesia. The informal mines provide jobs for local residents, albeit at very high safety risks.
Over 200 emergency service workers from different organizations have been on the ground working since the collapse. They have been using any and every resource available to them, including tree branches and twine to construct stretchers.
Because the mine is in such a remote location, it has been difficult for rescue crews to receive the help and tools needed to free the miners, frustrating the rescue teams and families of the miners’ while also prolonging the rescue process. There is also the possibility of inducing a landslide, further trapping the miners and endangering the lives of the rescue workers.
As the number of people working in informal mining operations increases, events like the collapsed mine in Indonesia may become more frequent. The Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development published a study estimating that more than 40 million people work in unlicensed mines, an increase from 30 million people in 2014 and 6 million people in 1993.
This news was initially published by the Associated Press.
LONDON (AP) — Unseasonably warm and dry weather have fueled fires in Britain, with blazes at Ashdown Forest — made famous by the “Winnie the Pooh” books — as well as West Yorkshire’s Saddleworth Moor and Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh.
Crews extinguished two wildfires in East Sussex’s Ashdown Forest, the inspiration for the fictional Hundred Acre Wood in the classic books by A.A. Milne. Ashdown Forest Rangers were not available for comment Wednesday to discuss the extent of the damage.
Firefighters are expected to bring the moor fire and the Arthur’s Seat fires under control Wednesday.
Britain saw its hottest winter day on record on Tuesday when the mercury hit 21.2 Celsius (69.4 Fahrenheit) in London.
Wet and windy conditions are predicted for the coming days.
NEW YORK (AP) — If two New York City lawmakers get their way, the long, droning siren from police cars, fire trucks and ambulances that has been part of the city’s soundtrack for generations — WAAAAAhhhhhhh — would be replaced by a high-low wail similar to what’s heard on the streets of London and Paris — WEE-oww-WEE-oww-WEE-oww.
Their reasons for the switch: The European-style siren is less shrill and annoying and contributes less to noise pollution.
“I’ve been hearing from constituents complaining that the current sirens in New York are a high-pitched, continuous noise — a nuisance,” says Helen Rosenthal, an Upper West Side Democrat and one of the sponsors of the proposal.
Noise is consistently among the most frequent complaints to the city’s hotline, with many calls about the loud sirens that blare 24/7, wake people from their slumber and cause dogs to howl in unison.
“Europeanizing” New York sirens would not change the decibel level — still topping out at roughly 118 — but would lower the frequency and thus make the sirens less shrill but still ear-catching enough to grab attention.
“The alternating high-low siren required by this legislation is not as piercing,” adds co-sponsor Carlina Rivera, a Manhattan Democrat.
If approved in a council vote —which has yet to be scheduled— the legislation would require sirens on all emergency vehicles to transition within a two-year period.
Buzz about the bill even made it to last week’s NBC “Saturday Night Live,” where a “Weekend Update” anchor joked that with the European-style siren, “You can spend your ride in the ambulance pretending you have universal health care.”
City council members are looking closely at the experience of the city’s Mount Sinai Health System, which already uses the two-tone siren in its 25 ambulances that make about 100,000 trips a year. The switch was made last year after decades of complaints from residents of the Upper East Side home of the hospital complex.
At community board meetings, Mount Sinai’s Emergency Medical Services Director Joseph Davis played various siren options to find out which one locals preferred.
“People hated them all,” Davis said, “but the ‘high-low’ was least intrusive. It didn’t have that piercing sound.”
Davis, a 40-year EMS veteran who suffers from hearing damage that he blames on repeated exposure to sirens, said the change was simple and cost effective: All it took was reprogramming the electronic box in each vehicle, which comes preloaded with seven different sounds with names such as “Wail,” ”Yelp” and “Piercer.”
In fact, many ambulances, fire trucks and police cars are equipped with alternate sirens and horns that they can employ in certain situations, such as in traffic when cars and pedestrians just won’t get out of the way. They include short blips and the “Rumbler” low-frequency, vibrating siren aimed at motorists who may otherwise be unable to hear higher frequencies.
For some Manhattanites, any change in the city’s daily siren song would be welcomed.
“I always have to cover my ears with my hands when a siren-blaring ambulance passes,” says Louise Belulovich, a Manhattan attorney. “If I’m carrying packages and unable to, then what is an annoying experience becomes a painful one.”
But Linda Sachs, a longtime resident of Manhattan’s Upper West Side who lives near one of the Mount Sinai hospitals that uses the new European siren, doesn’t think the change is for the good. She prefers the old New York standard.
“The old sirens never woke me up, but these make me shudder,” Sachs says, adding that she understands city lawmakers are attempting to do something about noise pollution. “But the old sound wasn’t as obnoxious.”
This story was initially published by Verena Dobnik at the Associated Press.
An Amtrak train carrying 183 passengers from Seattle to Los Angeles was stranded on the tracks from Sunday to Tuesday due to fallen trees and inclement weather.
The train halted progress just outside of Oakridge, a town in the Cascade Mountain range and waited for 36 hours while crews from Union Pacific cleared the track. Union Pacific owns the stretch of rail line which the Amtrak train was traveling on before it was stranded.
Union Pacific spokesman Tim McMahan spoke with CNN in an email. “The train had been inoperable due to weather conditions and downed trees,” wrote McMahan. “UP crews worked overnight to clear the tracks.”
Passengers were kept on the train as snow fell heavily and temperatures dropped, making the option of leaving more dangerous than staying on board. The nearby town of Oakridge had also experienced a power outage.
A Union Pacific locomotive was sent to pull the train the rest of the journey from Oakridge to its next stop in Eugene, Oregon. Eugene marked the first time many passengers were able to disembark and stretch their legs since boarding the train initially.
“We really wanted for nothing except for maybe someplace comfortable to lie down and a shower,” said passenger Marcia Trujillo in an interview with CNN affiliate KOIN.
After receiving some maintenance, the train carried on from Eugene and after making a brief stop in Portland, Oregon, the train is now on its way back north to Seattle.
In a statement issued yesterday, Amtrak Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Scot Naparstek said Amtrak will be compensating passengers by providing refunds and “other compensation as appropriate.”
For today’s product post we’re looking at the Able 2 SHO-ME PAR36 Handheld LED Spotlight. It features nine CREE 3 watt LEDs plus an inner lens that helps to focus the beam, as well as 2000 lumens of light and an out lens for protection purposes.
The spotlight also features pistol grip housing making it super user-friendly. It is available in 2 versions: the 06.0600.CLP which comes with a 3 foot coiled cord that can be extended a total of 6 feet with a cigarette lighter plug, or the 06.0625.LIB, which comes with a Rechargeable Lithium Ion Battery featuring both AC wall chargers and DC car chargers. 1 Year Warranty guarantee on both models.
This product is powerful, sharp, and easy to use. And it’s made right here, in the United States of America. What’s not to love?
Hey Sirennet fans! Looking for something to do this Tuesday morning? Why not check out our new in-depth look at the Whelen Inner Edge FST?
Chris and Stuart walk us through the brand-new, low-profile Inner Edge FST that now features Whelen’s all-new, Proclera Silicone Optics and an option to order the light in Broadband Blue.
The Inner Edge FST is available as a custom fit with SOLO, DUO, or TRIO technology. The new Proclera Silicone Optics are ideal for customers looking for powerful lighting that will penetrate tints. This light is super sharp and super clear, and with the new Broadband Blue color way available, it can deliver a larger optical image without hurting your eyes. Did we mention how sharp this light is?
The Inner Edge FST can be mounted to visor anchor points on passenger side only or on both driver and passenger sides. It also comes with 38 Scan-Lock patterns and meets SAE Class 1 and California Title XIII specifications and comes with a Whelen backed 5 year warranty.
The WeCan models are even fully programmable which allows the user control each color individually. And it even ships fully assembled!!
A meeting between ministers of health and other high-level government officials in Istanbul resulted in an agreement between European countries to invest in learning, support, and monitoring of health in order to increase current levels of health emergency preparedness in the World Health Organization European Region.
Over 150 European representatives attended the meeting on 12–14 February 2019 in Istanbul, Turkey. Together, the delegates from the European countries agreed to speed up coordinated action in order to protect people from any kind of health-related emergencies in the form of an Action plan.
“This meeting shows that we have unprecedented momentum to translate our political commitments into action,” said Dr Nedret Emiroglu, Director of Programme Management and Director of the Division of Health Emergencies and Communicable Diseases at WHO/Europe.
“No single organization, no single sector and no single country can do it alone; we need everybody on board for joint action and accountability, and we need to make sure that all sectors and all parts of society, including communities, are part of the solution,” she said.
Recent outbreaks of Zika and Ebola viruses show how easily disease can spread across borders, causing countries and regions to become involved in an epidemics. Even the countries who do not see any cases of the virus may find themselves in the position of giving aid to countries with health crises, or may find themselves locked down to quarantine any appearance of the virus.
So far, it appears that European health systems are capable of dealing with these kinds of threats. But offering health care to new arrivals can be beneficial in preventing future outbreaks, and the partnership between Turkey and WHO indicates how successful health care offered to migrants and refugees can be at preventing epidemics and panic.
West Nile virus and measles are still concerns to the European region, as well as antimicrobial resistance, natural disasters, infections from contaminated food and water, conflicts, and terrorist attacks.
The Action Plan signed by the European health delegates hopes to tackle these issues prematurely so that if a flood does happen or an outbreak of measles occurs, countries will be prepared to handle it effectively and efficiently before the damage spreads. This will save lives, protect populations, and strengthen health systems.
Today’s product post highlights a classic of Whelen Engineering brilliance: the Whelen L53 Class 3 LED Beacon.
Want a light that’s powerful, inconspicuous, and won’t burn out quickly, causing you to purchase a pricey replacement? Look no further than the Whelen L53 Class 3 LED Beacon. With a has an LED light source featuring a rated life exceeding that of comparable flash tubes by more than 100:1, this beacon isn’t burning out any time soon. Not to mention the broadband radiator technology that keeps this beacon shining as bright as its strobe light cousins but without the high amp draw. It’s SAE Class 3 certified and comes with an 8 foot cord, with the classic cigar plug and On/Off switch with LED “On” indicator.
It’s polycarbonate base and dome make it durable and compact and it is available as a magnetic mount only. A Five Year Whelen-guaranteed Warranty and 15 flash patterns (two of which are SignalAlert 75 and 150!) round out this stellar Beacon. Check it out on our social media, or on our website for more information and photos.
Compact size, universal application.
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Supplied with 8 foot cord with cigar plug and On/Off switch with LED “On” indicator.
Those without American citizenship but who reside in the country legally are able to serve in the military and now police stations are looking at relaxing the rules so that this group can work as police officers, too.
With recruiting numbers dropping, police are looking to remove obstacles that prevent non-citizens from joining the force.
Tom Manger, police chief in Montgomery County, Maryland spoke with USA Today about his thoughts on hiring non-citizens. Manger is part of a task force working across the country to change laws allowing non-citizens to apply for police positions.
“I don’t think someone’s citizenship is indicative in any way of someone’s suitability to be a police officer,” he said.
There are other laws that have frustrated officers and influenced recruiting numbers, some of which seem unusually harsh. For instance, in Massachusetts, a police officer or someone wishing to work in the force, could be denied a position if caught smoking cigarettes, even if they’re doing so off the clock.
But people like Manger are working to change laws like these which discourage many from applying to work as police. In the United States more and more law enforcement agencies are now allowing applicants to apply for positions even if they have committed minor offenses in the past, or have admitted to using drugs.
But will these officers seeking to open the doors to a wider pool of applicants succeed? A report published by the US Justice Department shows that over 40 states have legislation in the books that makes hiring non-citizens difficult, if not impossible.
Regardless, Manger and his colleagues at the Law Enforcement Immigration Task force plan to continue their work to make non-citizens eligible for police positions, starting with legal immigrants who previously served in the US Military.
“If you criticize these individuals, then you are criticizing someone who has military service,” he said.
This story was first reported by Simone Weichselbaum for USA Today.
As wildfires become more common in B.C. Canada, the government is taking steps to ensure enough money is allocated to the response teams who fight the fires.
The 2019 B.C. Budget was published this week and included a funding increase of nearly $37 million per year “in recognition of increased wildfire activity.”
Some feel that the budget increase is not enough like Andrew Weaver, the leader of the B.C. Green Party. Weaver believes a policy change is necessary in combatting the climate change that has been causing the uptick in wildfires.
In an interview with Global News, Weaver spoke about the need to improve the response to wildfires.
“I’m pleased to see there is some money in the base budget for responding to threats but we need to push on the policy side to retake a look at some of our forest management practices so we don’t create mono-cultured stands of forest all the same age which, when the age is ripe, can lead to catastrophic forest fires,” Weaver said.
Weaver suggested cutting back on the use of herbicides in forests used for timber and encouraging logging companies to clean up the debris from their operations by offering financial incentives.
Weaver is not the only citizen with concerns about the future of wildfires in B.C.
University of British Columbia, Okanagan economics professor Julien Picault spoke with Global News about his views on the budget increase. He doesn’t think the $37 million increase is enough, as past wildfires have cost more than what the new budget recommends.
“It’s basically the bare minimum that the government is allocating for wildfire response but it’s not enough if fires were as strong as they were in the past,” Picault said.
“The government cannot predict everything that will happen next year so the government needs to have ways to respond to any problem that could not be foreseen at the same.”
The 2019 Budget also includes a $13 million dollar over three year forest restoration plan and a sum of $60 million to go towards fuel management.
During 2018, the B.C. government went over their firefighting and other emergency services related to natural disasters budget by more than $850 million.
Perhaps this small increase in spending won’t help put out the financial fires related to forest blazes after all.
This story was first reported by Shelby Thom at GlobalNews.ca
Want to get paid to be a hero? Want to be part of a team? Want to save lives and homes? Apply now for the entry level firefighter position at Portland Fire and Rescue!
PDF&R is the largest fire and emergency services provider in Oregon and is made up of 30 stations around the Portland area featuring 28 engine companies, nine truck companies, two fireboats, a rescue, and three squad units, including two specialized units for Chemical and Biological, Radiological/Nuclear and Explosive (CBRNE) response, and a specialized unit for Hazardous Materials (HazMat).
Their team is 750 employees strong but they’re always looking for new talent and dedicated recruits.
Applications for Portland Fire and Rescue entry level firefighter positions open at 12:00 am on February 25th and close March 11, 2019 at 11:59 pm.