Gender in First Response: How Biology and Physiology Shape Male and Female Responders

Gender politics project a considerable presence in most of the working world. So too do ills associated with gender, like sexual harassment and discrimination. The resultant effect is especially pronounced in historically male-dominated fields such as first response, where biases in hiring and testing practices have contributed to an ongoing, undeniable gender gap. Physiological, mental, and societal differences between males and females may further contribute, as can the broad, often volatile range of opinions surrounding gender issues. This paper will explore the biological and societal aspect of first response’s gender gap, reflecting on scientific research, statistical analysis, and real-world examples to provide context and factual basis; it will then discuss the benefits of a gender-aware approach to the hiring and continued employment of first responders of both genders.

For Departments Seeking to Improve Public Image, Emulating Dallas PD Promises Both Successes and Struggles

As evidenced by David Brown’s tenure as chief of the Dallas Police Department, community-focused initiatives can be extremely valuable in building a positive public image. However, for departments seeking to emulate his philosophy, they must be mindful that the measures he implemented did not come without cost. By being mindful of and attentive to these challenges, departments can strive to improve both external and internal relations.

Cross Training: The Risks and Rewards of Consolidating First Responder Skills

As those who work within the fire, law enforcement, and EMS fields know, there is very little middle ground between those who favor cross training—often referred to as “consolidation,” or the act of training one professional group with some combination of the other two groups’ skills—and those who oppose it. Voices on both sides of this debate make cogent points. Though the practice has recently come into vogue as a cost-cutting measure, communities may also utilize it as a talent- or staffing-optimization tool, among other uses. However, several potential risk factors and the need for a highly tailored deployment make initial success anything but guaranteed. The purpose of this report is to provide an objective overview on the topic, including relevant facts, comparison of success and failures, and takes on the opinions first responders have expressed regarding this contentious topic.

ENVISAGE Named “Company of the Year” at 2017 FUSE Awards

Envisage Technologies received the FUSE Business Innovation “Company of the Year” award at the Tech the Halls ceremony held Monday, December 18, 2017. The FUSE Awards, presented annually, highlight the accomplishments of Bloomington, Indiana’s growing technology and innovation community. FUSE Award finalists are determined through a public nomination process.

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Active Listening, Other Communications Skills May Help Responders Deal with “Difficult” Members of the Public

Law enforcement, firefighting, emergency medicine, and corrections are fields often marked by interactions with “difficult” people. Whether their bad behaviors come as the result of a personality disorder or simply a bad day, communications techniques like active listening and de-escalation may be what responders need to provide adequate service — and avoid unpleasant outcomes, such as unnecessary use of force.

For firefighters, health and safety concerns extend beyond fire grounds

The structures we spend our lives in are protected by carefully designed fire codes and improved alarm systems, but the materials comprising them (and the contents therein) are thinner and quicker to burn than ever. Alongside structural damage and the immediate injury concerns it causes, the toxic smoke these smoldering materials emit can cause long-term illness, the chances of which increase with every second a victim or first responder is exposed. For firefighters, this makes tracking exposure to toxic materials a way of life, whether presumptive illness laws are in place to protect them or not.