Before 9/11, the term, “first responder,” was not widely used, if at all. The term came into common usage in the wake of that horrific day in 2001 to describe the thousands of public health and safety personnel — firefighters, police, EMTs, and others — who responded to the scene of the terrorist attacks, particularly the devastation of the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers in New York. While some object to the overuse of the “first responder” term by the media, saying it is more accurate to specify exactly which agencies responded to an incident, the term has continued to be important in addressing the long-term effects of the terrorist attacks on the emergency personnel who were present at Ground Zero.
Fire officers face more problematic legal issues in today’s work environment than ever before. In the absence of appropriate documentation, even the most prepared department will not be able to prove the various ways they invested in the development of appropriate knowledge, skills, and abilities for their team. Should this preparation be called into question, proper documentation gives you the best chance of solid defense in the event of litigation. Gerry Roberts, JD will discuss how the documentation you may be doing to achieve accreditation can also improve your legal defensibility.
Bloomington-based Envisage Technologies, the leading provider of public safety training and compliance solutions, announced today that the Kentucky Fire Commission has awarded Envisage a contract for the Acadis® Readiness Suite.
Between their unique staffing model and tendency to work in rural areas, volunteer fire departments face many challenges unique among first responder agencies — and on-demand training’s strengths are perfectly suited to overcome them.
For fire departments, change has become a way of life. Spurred by safer structures and a drastic reduction in fire calls, departments have continuously adapted in recent decades—a trend which projects to continue for years to come.
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.
Learn how to reduce your legal risks, as John Murphy, Deputy Fire Chief (Ret.) and attorney, discusses the need for comprehensive and safe training, along with best practices in documenting training events.
Rivalries are seen as a common part of firefighting service, but bad blood between volunteer and professional personnel has real potential to impact operations. Contextual training efforts may reduce animosity, eliminate preconceptions, and create safer fire grounds for staff and the public they serve.
Envisage Technologies is pleased to announce its acquisition of the California-based company, VaultRMS, and the addition of the Exposure Tracker™ product to Envisage’s growing list of technology solutions built specifically for our nation’s first responders. The addition of Exposure Tracker will further Envisage’s founding vision of improving the readiness and safety of our nation’s first responder communities.
Who doesn’t love dogs? Canines could not be better at meeting human needs if they were designed that way — and their skills truly shine when placed in first response roles.