Law Enforcement Militarization is Complex, Polarizing—and Useful, in the Right Circumstances

The ongoing militarization of local and state law enforcement is a highly contentious topic—and one that cuts to the core of American opinion on law enforcement. Amidst a shifting cultural and political landscape, adopting a measured approach to militarization may help agencies attain both their goals and public support.

2019-02-13T10:50:15+00:00 February 12th, 2019|Community & Culture, Training & Equipment|

How Cloud Technology Benefits First Response

With its financial savings and seemingly endless list of potential use cases, Cloud technology has become increasingly important to businesses across the private and public sectors in recent years. Though they bring a unique mix of security challenges and needs to the table, first response agencies can also benefit from the technology’s presence if they choose wisely.

2019-01-30T14:39:37+00:00 January 29th, 2019|General, Readiness, Training & Equipment|

Technology, Bureaucracy, and Training: The Three Tentpoles of Law Enforcement Accountability

Law enforcement accountability is not just a buzzword or a rallying cry for distraught citizens. It is a major point of focus for agencies and the people they serve. For agencies, achieving greater accountability often requires new techniques, technologies, and training strategies—an especially effective approach when used in combination.

Why Upscaling EMS Organizations Need Cloud-Based Training Tools

With an abundance of jobs and an increasingly optimistic outlook, the EMS industry’s growth shows no signs of slowing. In fact, most projections have this growth continuing into the mid-2020s. As the industry grapples with the ups and downs of protracted growth, cloud-based training management tools will prove an increasingly useful ally for the growing size and complexity of your organization.

2018-10-18T11:20:28+00:00 October 18th, 2018|EMS, General, Readiness, Training & Equipment|

Why Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning May Be First Response’s Next Big Technologies

In late 2016, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) quietly unveiled a project named AUDREY, otherwise known as the Assistant for Understanding Data through Reasoning, Extraction, and sYnthesis. Combined with NASA’s sterling public image, the experimental technology’s lofty goal and cutting-edge approach […]

2018-10-09T12:28:13+00:00 October 4th, 2018|Readiness, Training & Equipment|

Think You’re Hot? So Does Cancer

Firefighter cancer rates can be up to twice as high as those experienced by the average U.S. worker, and a Cancer Firefighter Support Network study shows that with every five degree increase in skin temperature, absorption of dangerous chemicals increases by 400%. Therefore, it's critical for firefighters to track their exposure to extreme temperatures, toxic chemicals, and hazardous conditions. Using this exposure information to show probabilities of future health issues can be key to the early intervention that may prolong the lives and careers of firefighters.