Managing Digital Security: Knowledge, Small Adjustments Key to Avoiding Breach

As technology needs grow in public safety, so too do the risks of ineffective cyber-security. While these risks cannot be entirely eliminated, it is possible to effectively mitigate them by utilizing best practices from the private sector, developing effective policies, and using vendor contracts as an opportunity to delegate responsibilities.

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.

For police and other first responders, mental health calls remain a multifaceted issue

Police have long struggled with effective ways to tailor standard training, skills, and protocol to mental health situations. And though no one individual solution for such a varied problem exists, specialized training—applied, at times, with alterations to department culture—is one way to ensure public safety officers are more prepared to respond to incidents in which mental health plays a role.

Wearable technology is maturing at the right time for public safety

First Responders, as a group, have a unique relationship with technology. The ability to apply technology to fitness, training activities, and established procedures in the first responder field allows for the integration of many technological developments into every day practices. Much of the current excitement around wearable technology in fields like firefighting, emergency medical services, and law enforcement draws from this patience and past success. With enough time to iron out the technical, financial, and bureaucratic details surrounding them, off-the-shelf wearable gadgets and purpose-built tools—along with the software that runs on them—have a chance to realize their full potential.

Incident commander: increase effectiveness and efficiency through combined response

For some first responders, readiness means that everyone has completed all applicable training and certifications. For others, readiness is a team that is fully equipped with the tools and resources needed to fulfill their duties. From initial response to large scale incident management, the estimable readiness of personnel and equipment is always at the forefront of the commander’s mind.

Envisage Launches Acadis® Mobile for High Stakes Testing

Envisage Technologies, creators of the Acadis® Readiness Suite—a software solution built to manage the complex training operations for first responder communities—announced today that they have begun offering a mobile application for Apple mobile devices. Acadis Mobile is available for download from the App Store.

Fire Training Certification Program Launches at ISFSI Conference

This year’s Fall Instructors Conference held by the International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFSI) marked the beginning of a new era in fire training standards. At this year’s conference, ISFSI and Envisage Technologies announced the Fire Training Certification Program (Fire TCP), a new set of standards for evaluating training […]