Posted by Nick Hrkman | Fire and Rescue, General, Law Enforcement, Safety, Safety
Wednesday, May 25th, 2011 8:05 am

Red Cross offers Ready Rating program to businesses, schools

Organizations understand the need for being prepared and ready for disasters, but often consider the process for getting better prepared as cumbersome and complicated. Since its inception in 2008, the Ready Rating program has been recognized by preparedness experts as the much needed, easy to understand and not intimidating solution for helping an organization take the steps to become prepared to respond to and successfully withstand a disaster and other emergencies.


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Posted by Nick Hrkman | Fire and Rescue, General, Law Enforcement, News, Safety, Safety
Friday, May 20th, 2011 9:05 am

CDC: Are you ready for a zombie apocalypse?

If you're    ready for a zombie apocalypse, then you're ready for any emergency.

You might laugh, but the CDC has set up a page of widgets and resources for your website to promote being ready for the coming zombie apocalypse. With the tagline “If you’re ready for a zombie apocalypse, then you’re ready for any emergency,” the social media promotion hopes that if people prepare for the comically worst, they’ll actually have a plan in place in the event of a real disaster.


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Posted by Nick Hrkman | Fire and Rescue, Law Enforcement, News, PPE, PPE, Safety, Safety
Tuesday, May 10th, 2011 9:05 am

Booby-trapped arson sites prompt fire department to buy bullet-resistant vests

One of 18 new bullet-resistant vest for Hemet firefighters. Photo courtesy of The Press Enterprise.

John Asbury
For The Press-Enterprise

Hemet firefighters will now wear body armor when responding to threatening calls or deadly situations.

The department purchased 18 bullet-resistant vests last year in the wake of nine attacks on Hemet police, Fire Chief Bill Whealan said. Fire officials said although the attacks were targeting the Police Department, booby traps were set to kill first responders.


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Posted by byager | General, Health, Law Enforcement, Performance, Safety
Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011 7:05 am

National arson awareness week

May 1-7 marks this year’s Arson Awareness Week. The theme “Working Together to Extinguish Serial Arson” focuses the public attention on the value of a collaborative effort with law enforcement, fire and emergency service departments, and the community to battle serial arsonists.

The goal for this year’s Arson Awareness Week (AAW) is to focus attention on serial arsonists and provide law enforcement, the fire service, and communities with tools and tactics to battle arson in their cities and towns. The USFA is partnering with the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI); Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF); USAonWatch; National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM); National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC); and the Insurance Committee for Arson Control (ICAC).

Click here to find out more information including training material, how to establish a community arson watch program and more!

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Posted by Nick Hrkman | Fire and Rescue, Law Enforcement, Performance, Safety
Friday, April 22nd, 2011 9:04 am

A “safety officer” in law enforcement?

By Richard Fairburn

Those of us on ‘the thin blue line’ are sometimes reluctant to admit it, but we can actually learn some important things from our brothers and sisters who ride the big, red trucks. One of those things is the need to appoint a “safety officer” at significant incidents and high-risk training events.

If you are up-to-date on your mandatory NIMS/ICS training, you have been introduced to the concept of a safety officer. The duties of a safety officer at a critical incident scene are to look out for the safety and well being of the first responders, and only the first responders. The safety of the general public during a critical incident rests with the Operations and Planning elements. Fire commanders use a safety officer religiously and confer great powers upon them.

Have you ever tried to get a fire truck or paramedic unit to move their rig for some police-related reason? Damn, tough to get it moved, isn’t it? Locate the FD safety officer and convince him the rig needs to be relocated for safety reasons (on a blind curve, too close to a pending SWAT operation, etc.) and it will be moved, right now!


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Posted by Nick Hrkman | Care and Usage, Law Enforcement, Performance, Safety
Monday, April 18th, 2011 9:04 am

Shoot to kill or shoot to wound?

By Roy Bedard

The Czech Republic is one of the most modern countries in the former communist block, and is quickly becoming a recognized leader in the global law enforcement profession. They are considered quite modern and up to date on western theory, technology, and applications. They produce one of the world’s finest firearms, and are great contributors to the advancement of law enforcement methodologies. Not long ago, while I was giving presentations in the Czech Republic, I was confronted by an unusual perspective that has comparative value to our system of policing here in the United States.


Posted by Nick Hrkman | Fire and Rescue, General, Law Enforcement, PPE, PPE, Safety, Safety
Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011 9:03 am

Liquid body armor headed for EMS and law enforcement?


Scientists and engineers at defence security company, BAE systems, have created a custard-like liquid, which will give British troops greater protection and ease of movement on the battlefield.

The technology, dubbed ‘liquid armour’, has been designed to fit between sheets of strong material such as Kevlar and hardens when struck to help shield and protect soldiers.

Unlike ceramic-based armour plates used in current body armour systems to cover large areas of the torso, the technology is not heavy.

Bullet-proof jackets made from the liquid could be widely used in the Army within two years.

BAE spokesman Stewart Penney said: “The technology is best explained by the example of stirring water with a spoon.

“In water you feel little resistance to the spoon. Whereas with liquid armour you would feel significant resistance as the elements in the fluid lock together.

“The faster you stir, the harder it gets, so when a projectile impacts the material at speed, it hardens very quickly and absorbs the impact energy.”

“In addition to increasing the ballistic performance of combat body armour there is potential for developing a version that could be of interest to police forces and ambulance crews,” Penney added.

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Posted by Nick Hrkman | Events, Fire and Rescue, General, Health, Health, Law Enforcement, News, Safety, Safety
Tuesday, March 8th, 2011 9:03 am

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month

From the Brain Injury Association of America

In recognition of March as Brain Injury Awareness Month and the Brain Injury Association’s ongoing commitment to sports and concussions, the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) and its nationwide network of more than 40 chartered state affiliates is continuing its nationwide education and advocacy campaign: “A concussion is a brain injury. Get the facts.” This year’s campaign launches in March with radio and print public service announcements, awareness proclamations and special events. A state advocacy effort to introduce legislation to train coaches and protect youth athletes will continue throughout the year along with ongoing nationwide education.


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Posted by Nick Hrkman | Care and Usage, General, Law Enforcement, PPE, Safety
Friday, February 25th, 2011 9:02 am

A survival guide for law enforcement on Facebook

By Lauri Stevens

There are two words that should never be in the same sentence: Facebook and Privacy. The exceptions, of course, are if in the same sentence are other words like “don’t bet on it”, “not a chance” or “aint happenin’”. This post isn’t about slamming Facebook. I wouldn’t do that, I’m a Facebook fan. Nor is this a post about the stupid things some cops have done on Facebook which have caused embarrassment to their department, the compromising of a case, disciplinary action taken against them or even dismissal from their jobs. This post is about being a cop, being on Facebook and not compromising your safety or that of your family members or co-workers in the process.


Posted by Nick Hrkman | Fire and Rescue, Health, Health, Law Enforcement, Performance, Performance, Safety, Safety, Training
Friday, February 11th, 2011 8:02 am

Crowd control: Deindividuation on the suicide scene

Source: John Giles/Guardian UK

By David McRaney
for the blog You Are Not So Smart

Do you think you’re capable of goading someone on a ledge to jump, all the while taking pictures and tweeting about it? You might think you’d never do such a thing — but as this blog entry points out, you are not so smart.

The Misconception: People who riot and loot are scum who were just looking for an excuse to steal and be violent.

The Truth: You are are prone to losing your individuality and becoming absorbed into a hivemind under the right conditions.