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Results - Topic: Search & Rescue Technology & Operations

9-1-1 Magazine Writer Nancy Rigg Nominated for National Award

9-1-1 Magazine writer Nancy Rigg has been nominated for Eagle Rare Single Barrel Bourbon's Rare Life Award for her tireless work campaigning for the development of a federally sponsored network of trained flood rescue teams.

Boy Scouts Of America Introduces Search And Rescue Merit Badge

Every year, thousands of people who were reported missing are saved by specialized search and rescue (SAR) teams... But the critical skills of SAR are still essential to saving lives. That's why at the 2012 National Search and Rescue Conference hosted by the National Association for Search and Rescue (NASAR) and the Mountain Rescue Association (MRA) in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, the BSA has announced its first Search and Rescue merit badge

Case Study: Mission Manager Leveraging the U.S. National Grid for Greater Good

Until a few years ago, the U.S. National Grid was not a key component in emergency management software... Mission Manager is now one of the first software apps to incorporate the U.S. National Grid into operations. Mission Manager is now fully integrated and a U.S. National Grid mainstay for leading emergency response professionals across the U.S.

Coast Guard Titanic Ceremony flight diverted to aid sinking vessel

A U.S. Coast Guard HC-130J Super Hercules aircraft which was diverted from a Titanic ceremony successfully coordinated the rescue of three persons aboard a sailing vessel 1,300 miles east of Boston, Saturday... "It's amazing that three people were rescued using the AMVER system on the 100th anniversary of the Titanic sinking," said Petty Officer 3rd Class Luke Clayton. "AMVER was created in the wake of the Titanic disaster. Passing ships had unintentionally sailed passed Titanic unaware of...

Emergency/Triage Light brightens up fire/crime scenes

Southwest Synergistic Solutions, LLC, developer of the Emergency/Triage Light is now offering a kit for use by Police, EMS and Fire personnel. Each kit comes with five E/T Light and associated set-up gear. Great for setting up LZ/HZ zones during day/night MCIs...

FEMA US&R Task Force Deployment 9/11:Lessons Learned

26 of the 28 Urban Search and Rescue (US&R) Task Force teams that are members of FEMA's National Urban Search & Rescue Response System served in New York City and Arlington, Virginia, during the first month following the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, helping with search and rescue operations and to recover the remains of some of the thousands who died. Perhaps because the events of 9-11 have represented the greatest challenge to date for the FEMA US&R Task Force teams,...

Firefighter describes critical role of hovercraft at Washington mudslide

Snohomish County Fire District 19's two Neoteric hovercraft were deployed in the March 22 Oso, Washington mudslide at the initial alarm and remained in operation throughout the rescue and recovery efforts. "The only way I can describe the debris field is that it looks as though a bomb has gone off. Try to imagine what would happen if a forest of trees hit a neighborhood at 100 miles per hour."

From a Text Message to a Life Saved

Think you're good at giving good driving directions, specifying street names, lane ends, and landmarks like the mountains east and west of the your community? The same ease probably wouldn't apply in places around Saskatoon, Canada... Just ask Ron Boechler, the police chief for Corman Park, a Rural Municipality (RM) located around Saskatoon. He'd have been lost without the guidance of MD Ambulance Dispatcher Kim Wruck. Without their teamwork, a young woman would not likely have survived the...

From the Archive: Bringing Home America's Astronauts: The Shuttle Columbia Incident - Search & Recovery in Texas

In honor of the 10th Anniversary of the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster, we present this article which covered the Search & Rescue operations to recover the remains of the Shuttle and its crew in Texas. During the Feb 1, 2003 incident, FEMA deployed three Incident Support Teams and six Human Remains Recovery Canine Teams from its US&R system in order to successfully recover the astronauts' remains from a debris path spread across Texas and into Louisiana. This mission was accomplished...

From the Field: NJ Water Rescue Attempt: Occupied Vehicle in Water

On Wednesday December 7th, 2011 at 9 AM a water rescue was dispatched at Newton Creek in Collingswood. Marine units from Collingswood, Westmont and Pennsauken were dispatched. A call to 9-1-1 reported a vehicle in the water. Marine units from Collingswood and Westmont were deployed in the water to locate a vehicle submerged under water.

How Emerging Technology Can Augment Urban Search and Rescue Communications

United States Urban Search & Rescue (US&R) teams are among the best and most highly-trained in the world. But often the success and failure of operations is dictated not by training or ability, but rather by the equipment at a team’s disposal ... In the critical search phase of the operation, technologies designed to locate trapped persons have proven frustratingly ineffective, and the extent of a team leader’s ability to communicate locations and information is often simply imprecise verbal...

Incident Command System: The Next Generation?

Designated the Next-Generation Incident Command System (NICS), its developers depict it as "a combination of tools, technologies, and an innovative concept of operations for emergency response." It's what a lot of us in public safety have been waiting for since laptops and mobile computers first found a place inside our command centers, mobile command vehicles, and chief officers' vehicles

Last WTC Search Dog Has Died

We have received word that the last surviving 9/11 Search & Rescue Dog has died. Porkchop was only one year old when he heroically aided the search at Ground Zero. After the World Trade Center attacks, 13 Search Dog Foundation teams were deployed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help search for survivors. Over the intervening dozen years, the dogs have passed away from old age. Porkchop was the last.

National Urban Search and Rescue Task Force begins mission in NYC

Members of the National Urban Search and Rescue Task Force receive a briefing before flying from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., to Staten Island, N.Y., to conduct house-to-house searches, Nov 3, 2012. The Task Force includes state search and rescue task forces from Maryland, Virginia, and Texas.

On The Job: Rural Oregon Bus Crash MCI

Even in rural Northeast Oregon we are not immune to multiple casualty incidents (MCI). When something major occurs, we have to pool our resources together with our neighbors and get the job done. On the morning of December 30, 2012, at 10:07hrs, our 9-1-1 dispatch center erupted with a flurry of activity that won’t soon be forgotten. A bus lost control and ended up going down a 200 foot embankment on Interstate 84. The slope was covered with ice and snow making it hard to extricate the...

One Year Later: Moving Past September 11th

As we all have read or witnessed through news accounts since September 11th, 2001, our world has changed. Those of us in Emergency Management have seen both positive responses in understanding, establishing and mitigating threat, or risk, to our citizens, but we have also seen what I would consider to be the "chicken little" mentality where an uneasy society sees a terrorist around every corner and in every shadow

PlanView Sliding Whiteboard Multi-Track System for Emergency Management

Magnatag's PlanView multiple track cabinets hold up to 10 sliding magnetic steel whiteboards, maps and bulletin panels, turning an ordinary wall into a flexible, easy to use visible Emergency Information Center.

Range Networks' OpenBTS at the Heart of Solution to Assist Helicopter Search and Rescue Missions

Range Networks, a leading provider of commercial open source cellular systems and leader of the OpenBTS software project, has announced that Iceland technology integrator Rögg Corporation has developed a solution using OpenBTS and Range Networks’ hardware to aid in search and rescue missions in the Icelandic highlands. The solution exemplifies OpenBTS as a foundation for innovative and unique communications applications.

Remembering Ray Downey, FDNY 9/19/37 - 9/11/01

All those who died that day will forever be heroes, but Ray Downey's life prior to that day had already made him a hero to so many who had know him. At 63, he was the Deputy Chief in charge of Special Operations Command (SOC) for the largest urban Fire Department in the world. His contributions to the Rescue community had made him a legend, and he was respected as a leading authority on Structural Collapse Rescue all over the Country.

Retrieved...Dogs of 9/11

Immediately following the attacks of 9/11, nearly 100 trained search dogs and their handlers- enlisted from 18 U.S. states - were deployed by FEMA to join the rescue efforts at the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. Alongside firemen and other teams sorting through the debris, the dogs worked tirelessly around the clock to locate survivors in the rubble - images of which deeply intrigued Dutch photographer Charlotte Dumas as the events unfolded in the news...

SAR Technology Inc. announces 'Incident Commander Pro' 7.0 ICS Management Software

SAR Technology has released the latest edition of "Incident Commander," their premier software program for managing search, rescue and emergency response missions. Built on the Incident Command System (ICS) and based upon years of practical experience, "Incident Commander 7.0" provides a field-proven set of Command, Operations, Planning and Logistic functions to manage every type of emergency-response mission.

Terrorism And Urban Search And Rescue

FEMA sponsors 28 national urban search-and-rescue (US&R) task force teams, comprised of fire-rescue specialists, structural engineers, medical professionals, logistical and communications specialists, canine disaster search teams, and incident support managers, ready to serve as a national resource for disaster rescue response nationwide. "As soon as it became obvious that we were facing a major terrorist event, we knew we were going to have structural collapse responses," said Dave Webb,...

Track Police & SAR Dogs Whereabouts & Monitor Temperature Through Your Smartphone

Tagg the Pet Tracker is a small device that is attached to the dog's collar and monitors and tracks the animal's activity levels and whereabouts. Originally designed for pet owners, Tagg also gives first responders, U.S. military personnel, law enforcement, emergency management officials, and other government employees peace of mind that their working dog can always be located 24/7 via web and mobile applications by setting a designed Tagg Zone that gives alerts if the pet being monitored...

US&R Communications at the World Trade Center

The Puget Sound Washington US&R Task Force encountered several communication difficulties during our deployment to the World Trade Center incident. We were deployed at the site from September 19th-29th and spent most of the assignment working in the Church Street Sector or East Branch area of responsibility between WTC Buildings 4 and 5.

Video: Helicopter rescue of fallen hiker at Yosemite Falls

Video: A ranger retrieves a person stranded on a boulder in the rapids below Upper Yosemite Fall.

 
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