Fire + Rescue

GAO Releases Report on Emergency Responder Safety

Emergency Responder Safety: States and DOT Are Implementing Actions to Reduce Roadside Crashes GAO-21-166: Published: Dec 17, 2020. First responders stopped on the side of the road risk being struck by passing vehicles. To protect these workers, all states and D.C. enacted “Move Over” laws that require motorists to move over to another lane or...

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Wearable Sensor Technology and Potential Uses Within Law Enforcement

Identifying High-Priority Needs to Improve Officer Safety, Health, and Wellness Using Wearable Sensor Technology Many wearable sensor technology (WST) devices on the market enable individuals and organizations to track and monitor personal health metrics in real time. These devices are worn by the user and contain sensors to capture various biomarkers. Although these technologies are...

Read More Releases “Roadway Response Safety Shorts”

Short Videos that Demonstrate Important Safety Procedures at Roadway Incidents are Perfect for Quick Training and Social Media Sharing ResponderSafety.Com has released ten Roadway Response Safety Shorts videos that demonstrate critical actions to take at every scene to improve the safety of your roadway operations. The videos are applicable to firefighters, rescue, fire police, law...

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New Module from ResponderSafety-Telecommunicators/Dispatchers Help Lead the Team

The Emergency Responder Safety Institute has announced a new training module on the public Safety telecommunicator’s role in roadway safety titled, Telecommunicators/Dispatchers Help Lead the Team. Take this module to learn how Telecommunicators/Dispatchers can help get the right resources to the scene, coordinate the run, and better prepare everyone for the most effective handling of...

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US Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao Announces ADAS, Connected Technology Programs

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced several initiatives relating to connected vehicle technologies and advanced driver assistance systems before a crowd of industry representatives January 15, 2020 during her remarks at the Transportation Research Board’s annual meeting. Chao announced a new pilot program to deploy “vehicle-to-everything” (V2X) communication systems around the country to help prevent accidents...

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Autonomous Car Tester Offers Guide for Firefighters

Google spinoff Waymo is trying to educate emergency responders on how to deal with its autonomous vehicles. Waymo released a training video on YouTube Thursday geared toward guiding public safety officials responding to incidents involving their self-driving cars. The 14-minute instructional video advises how to put a car in manual mode and what precautions firefighters...

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Step Aside, Cities – Innovations in Rural Mobility

Urban mobility gets all the headlines, but technology can also transform transportation outside cities. Wyoming is turning I-80 into a connected corridor that promises to drastically improve safety for truck drivers and the public. Emergency managers are looking at innovations in transportation to save lives. This session will explore how mobility providers are adapting to...

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A Stark Reality – Ambulance Crash Statistics

As noted in the linked article, vehicle fatality rates are estimated to be up to 4.8 times higher for emergency responders than average vehicle fatality rates nationally. An estimated 6,500 crashes involving ambulances occur each year; 35 percent of which result in injury or fatality to at least 1 occupant of an involved vehicle. This is...

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Hyundai Concept Car Has Firefighting Potential

At the Consumer Electronics Show Hyundai unveiled a concept car aimed at emergency responders as well as search and rescue teams. The vehicle, which is not planned for production, was made with extending legs… [READ MORE]

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