National 9-1-1 Program Announces New Video on Benefits of NG9-1-1
Next Generation (NG) 9-1-1 is a complex issue and its success requires the support and collaboration of not just the 9-1-1 community, but of first responders, legislators, and the public.
The National 911 Program has released a short video that explains the benefits of NG9-1-1 for all of these audiences. The video:
- Summarizes the need for NG9-1-1
- Explains a non-technical overview of the expected benefits of NG911
- Identifies potential challenges in the transition process
- Serves as a useful tool for introducing NG911 to those who are not familiar with NG911, but are essential to a successful transition.
The three-minute animated video was developed to serve as a discussion catalyst, and includes a variety of issues for continued discussion, such as technical standards, governance and potential legislative changes.
State administrators, 9-1-1 Authorities and county and city 9-1-1 leaders may consider sharing the video with other 9-1-1 community leaders, or with first responders, legislators, and state/local agencies.
The video is free and available for use at conferences, in presentations, in one-on-one meetings or at town hall gatherings. The video can be viewed, shared and downloaded at http://www.911.gov/ng911movie.html
Pull to the Right for Sirens and Lights PSA
The Santa Clara County (CA) EMS System has produced a Public Service Announcement that is intended to teach drivers and pedestrians what to do when they encounter an emergency vehicle operating with emergency lights and siren. The video was produced using active EMTs, paramedics, dispatchers, firefighters, and deputies from the Santa Clara County EMS System.
30 and 60+ second versions have also been produced in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.
This PSA has been produced with funding from the Santa Clara County Emergency Medical Services Trust Fund. Sponsorship for this video provided by the Santa Clara County EMS Agency, Santa Clara County Fire Chief's Association, and the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office.
Click here or on image above to watch the video at youtube.
For more information see www.sccemsagency.org
What Happens When You Call 9-1-1?
An excellent example of a public education video about 9-1-1. Oak Park (Illinois) firefighter Colleen Kobyleski takes a behind-the-scenes look at what happens when you call 9-1-1.
Click here, or the image above, to view the video on youtube.
Originally posted to youtube in 2011.
So the Sheriff Hired a Dispatcher
Earlier this year, the Fort Bend County (Texas) Sheriff’s Department posted this video, recognizing the hard work of their 9-1-1 operators and dispatchers – making a valuable tribute to telecommunicators everywhere.
Click here, or the image above, to view the video at the Fort Bend County Sheriff web site
For more information on the Fort Bend Sheriff's Office, see http://www.fortbendcountytx.gov/index.aspx?page=1149
Valuable Situational Awareness Lesson in Dashcam Video as Pursuit Ends When Woman Collides With Train
This dashboard camera footage comes from the Woods Cross (Utah) Police Department. After pursuing a suspect associated with an unwanted guest disturbance call, an officer witnesses the suspect drive into a southbound freight train passing through on the farthermost track of a double-track railroad crossing. Her car stuck on the closer track, she is then hit and propelled ahead by a second southbound train.
The pursuing officer was attempting to remove the driver from the vehicle when a second officer arrived and alerted him to the oncoming second train, allowing him to step out of the way seconds before the collision.
The woman in the car survived with minor injuries, including a broken arm. And a new arrest record.
This makes an excellent situational awareness video – had the second officer not arrived in time to alert the first of the oncoming second train, this could well have been a line of duty death.
Watch the video here .
Read the news story, with embedded video, here.
- via Chris Berwick and fox13.now, Utah.
Specialty Vehicle Manufacturer LDV Launches New Promotional Video
LDV has posted it latest promotional video, Driven to Deliver, to its youtube page. The video outlines the company’s goals and takes a look behind the scenes into the innovations that have made the company a premiere supplier of mobile command post to public safety and other industries.
Outlining such unique features as Intel-I-Touch, a comprehensive multiplexing system through which users deploy the vehicle's critical components with the touch of a single button, the industry's premier functional space and optimal truck configurations, including a fullyu-welded and completed integrated flat floor slide-out, with service and trainers available 24/7.
Mobile Command Center users will learn a lot about LDV’s capabilities and services – watch the Driven to Deliver video on youtube here.
Remarkable Cockpit view of Air Tanker Water Drop on California's Rim Fire
Here's a viewpoint you don't often see. This is cock-pit view of a C-130 MAFFS II airtanker making a low drop on the flanks of the Rim Fire near Yosemite on Thursday, August 22, following and directed in to the drop by the Air Attack spotter plane, closely coordinated with ground units... This is MAFFS 6 from the 146th Air Wing, Channel Islands, CA. The Rim Fire began on August 17th and, to date, has burned nearly 188,000 acres in the central Sierra Nevada range, near Yosemite National Park, and is considered one of the largest wildfires in California history, with a huge mutual aid response operating on the fire. As of Aug., 28, the fire is reported to be 23% contained, with full containment expected by September 10th.
Watch the video on youtube here or click on image above.
Related videos include:
MAFFS 4 water drop on Rim Fire, August 19th. click here .
Precision helicopter water drops on the Rim Fire: A collection of clips shot from a UH-60 Black Hawk from the California Army National Guard's 1-140th Aviation Battalion (Air Assault), based out of Los Alamitos, dropping water from a Bambi bucket on the Rim Fire in the Stanislaus National Forest near the town of Columbia, Calif., Aug. 21, 2013. Click here .
Werner Herzog’s haunting documentary against texting while driving is essential public education
The 35-minute documentary film FROM ONE SECOND TO THE NEXT came together when AT&T approached the famous German filmmaker Werner Herzog and asked if he would direct a series of short films warning people about the dangers of texting while driving.
"What AT&T proposed immediately clicked and connected inside of me," Herzog told the AP. "There's a completely new culture out there. I'm not a participant of texting and driving—or texting at all—but I see there's something going on in civilization which is coming with great vehemence at us."
Focusing on four accidents, some of which were fatal, Herzog aims his camera squarely at the faces of both victims and perpetrators, asking them to describe in detail what happened and the aftermath.
It is not easy viewing, but, for the "more than 40,000 high schools" and "hundreds of safety organizations and government agencies" where it will be shown, it will undoubtedly be effective. As Herzog says, "In one second, entire lives are either wiped out or changed forever."
The video has been released to YouTube, presented by AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Sprint and T-Mobile. You can watch it here.
Water tanker douses truck fire
MSN recently posted this video after authorities called in an air tanker to drop water on a truck fire on a remote Canadian highway in early August, 2013. According to the CBC, the truck driver was expected to be okay.
Watch the video here (or click on the image to right)
PSA Video a Devastating Reenactment of What Could Happen If A Child Is Left In A Car
Red Castle Productions has created a PSA to prevent more tragedies. In 'One Decision,' actors reenact what could happen if a child is left in a car for a short time -- it can take as little as 15 minutes to suffer life-threatening injuries. The video also shows what to do if you ever notice a child alone in a car.
Watch the video here
For more information about heatstroke dangers for children left in cars, see this page at www.kidsandcars.org
Close-call on building collapse caught on video makes an excellent learning tool for proactive incident command
This recent incident handled by the Boise (ID) Fire Department demonstrated excellent command and control - not to mention perceptive safety alert about a potential wall collapse moments before it came crashing down.
Posted by statter911.com, the video included video and command/tactical radio traffic that portrays a calm and assured radio control from both incident commander and dispatch, and serves as a powerful lesson in incident command, textbook use of ICS, and fire scene safety. - rdl
Watch the video here .
Video Aims to Prevent Fire Tanker Rollovers
Let's help eliminate deaths and injuries to emergency responders from fire department tanker/tender rollover crashes. Please share this video with fire departments in your area or membership. The video contains a special introduction for fire fighters to the Cargo Tank Rollover Prevention Video developed by the U.S. Department of Transportation in cooperation with NTTC. Single copies for reproducing the video are available at no cost for reproduction and sharing with a larger audience.
The National Tank Truck Carriers (NTTC) has developed a new version of their Cargo Tank Rollover Prevention Video to help target the fire service. The original intention of the video was to target cargo and commercial tankers “to help educate water tanker drivers on the special characteristics of tank truck vehicles and the actions they can take to avoid rollovers.”
Developed with the U.S. Department of Transportation, the lessons translate easily to fire department water tankers. Topics covered are safe driving techniques, understanding how liquids move while operating the vehicle, how different vehicles affect travel, and highway factors.
A National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) report published in 2001 states that 62 people were killed in tanker rollovers between 1977 and 1999 (PDF, 102.1Kb). In fact, deaths from tanker rollovers top the list in apparatus accident fatalities. The report did not discuss injuries from tanker rollovers.
The 20-minute online video is ideal for training, and DVDs may be requested. The video is available for download here in F4V (Flash) format. NTTC encourages agencies to create and distribute DVDs using this download.
Univ of Maryland Eastern Shore Video Shows Full Test of Emergency Response
e2Campus has released the latest video episode of "America's Safe Campuses" featuring University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES). In the video, UMES shows how to conduct a full-scale exercise to help the school better prepare for an actual emergency and comply with recent updates to the Clery Act. UMES recommends a "crawl, walk, run" approach to testing the university's emergency response plans, with the full-scale exercise representing the "run" phase.
The in-depth video examines the benefits and considerations when conducting a full-scale exercise of an emergency on campus.
Click on video image to watch it on the e2campus web site -->
"This video depicts an example of a carefully planned Hazardous Material (HAZMAT) Exercise conducted on a college campus," explained Kenneth A. Collins, Interim Chief of Police at University of Maryland Eastern Shore. "It was a classic exercise utilizing the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and Incident Command System (ICS) protocol as mandated by Maryland State Government and Federal Government as well."
"The exercise was an eye opening experience for all agencies involved. While the introduction to the concept (crawl phase) and Table Top Exercise (walk phase) is important, it is the hands-on experience (run phase) that is key in preparing for a real life emergency – learning and using a multi-agency approach to accomplish the objective. It's about testing the actual response capability for both on-campus assets and local supporting first responders directed toward minimizing the effects of an emergency situation. The University of Maryland Eastern Shore Department of Public Safety is proud and honored to have worked with e2Campus to make the video a complete success."
S. Daniel Carter, the Director of 32 National Campus Safety Initiative, said, "This video clearly explains both the importance of and how to conduct a full scale exercise. They have managed to take something many institutions find intimidating and make it seem both essential and feasible."
New Movie Stars Halle Berry as LAPD 9-1-1 Dispatcher
From movie director Brad Anderson comes a new film that is sure to intrigue 9-1-1 professionals. In a time where field responders seem to get all the glory in Hollywood moviedom, Anderson’s new film, THE CALL, stars Halle Berry as a Los Angeles Police 9-1-1 dispatcher whose close call from a killer takes her from the console to the streets.
Berry plays a veteran LAPD 9-1-1 dispatcher named Jordon. When she takes a life-altering call from a teenage girl who has just been abducted, she realizes that she must confront a killer from her past in order to save the girl's life.
Click the image at right to watch the trailer on IMDB
For more details, see our news story here
Read the Editor's review of THE CALL here
Produced by Modern City Entertainment, HEROES BEHIND THE BADGE features stories of some of the brave men and women of law enforcement who have put their lives on the line and survived, as well as those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
Filmed throughout the U.S., this documentary highlights the lives of four fallen officers and the enormous impact their passing has had on their family members, colleagues, and community. The film also features the stories of three officers who narrowly escaped their assailants.
These living legends share their personal insights about how their near-fatal encounters have affected their lives. This inspiring film will change the way we look at the men and women of law enforcement and highlight the unselfish acts of bravery they carry out each day in the line of duty.
50% of the net proceeds from the film will benefit the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.
See our earlier story on making the documentary at http://www.9-1-1magazine.com/PPT-Heroes-Behind-The-Badge
This eloquently powerful PSA was developed with the San Ramon Valley Fire District in California, about a new iPhone App alerting CPR trained members of the community. Using Hollywood styledfilming techniques, no dialog and an absorbing musical score, the PSA poignantly demonstrates how CPR-trained citizens in the vicinity of a cardiac emergency can be notified of the need for CPR via their iPhone and can render aid while emergency responders are on the way.
The app, developed by PulsePoint, enables members of the public to provide life-saving assistance to victims of sudden cardiac arrest, which causes nearly 1,000 deaths a day in the United States. App users, who have indicated they are trained in CPR, can be notified if someone nearby is having a cardiac emergency and may require CPR. The app uses sophisticated location-based services to alert citizens in a public place of the need for CPR. The application also directs citizen rescuers to the exact location of the nearest publicly available automated external defibrillator (AED).
A number of agencies have adopted the app, which is available for download from the iPhone app store. The San Jose Fire Department in California is the largest agency thus far to launch the app. (see our earlier report about the iPhone app as used in San Jose, here )
Watch San Ramon's PSA on youtube here
Video: NIU psychology study links 9-1-1 dispatchers with post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms
Homicides, suicides, domestic violence, car crashes. For most people, it’s the stuff of nightmares. For busy 9-1-1 emergency dispatchers, it’s all in a day’s work.
Now a new study by researchers at Northern Illinois University suggests that the on-the-job, indirect exposure to trauma puts dispatchers at risk for developing symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). “We found that dispatchers report significant emotional distress related to handling duty-related calls, and this type of distress is associated with increased risk for developing PTSD or PTSD symptoms,” said NIU Psychology Professor Michelle Lilly, one of the authors of the study published in the Journal of Traumatic Stress.
See also our news report on this study here.
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Video Series: Visiting the Memorial for the First Time
On May 23, 1973, Officer Blan was shot and killed during a traffic stop. He was 24 years old and left behind a wife and two young children.
His name was proudly inscribed on the marble walls of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial when it was first dedicated in 1991 and was solemnly read with the original 12,560 names of fallen law enforcement heroes.
Unfortunately, his wife and children were not there to hear it. His daughter, Michelle, visited the Memorial for the first time in 2010 and had a life changing experience. She made it her goal to bring her mother with her to the Memorial in 2011.
And that goal was accomplished. Not only did Nancy and Michelle Blan attend National Police Week last year — they graciously decided to share their inspiring experience with others, in hopes that they would find solace and comfort knowing they are not alone and that their loved ones will always be honored and never forgotten.
Click on image: Nancy & Michelle Blan share their personal experiences at National Police Week 2011.
BearCom Produces Animated Video to Remind Radio Users about FCC Narrowbanding Mandate
BearCom, a nationwide provider of wireless communications equipment and solutions, today made available a fun, animated video meant to remind users of two-way radios about serious changes coming from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
Public agencies and companies that use two-way radios are required to modify their FCC licenses and, when appropriate, reprogram or replace existing equipment to meet the narrowbanding requirements set forth by the FCC. BearCom has been a leader in educating the public about the narrowbanding mandate, which aims to increase capacity and efficiency for the industrial/business and public safety radio pools.
The video, which can be viewed at on youtube, was produced in partnership with Motorola Solutions. It stars Wireless Woman, a cartoon superhero used in several ways by BearCom to help make messages more memorable. She’s featured in two other company videos, has thousands of followers on Twitter, and is the listed author of the company’s blog, the BearCom Bulletin.
“Wireless Woman is quite a character,” said BearCom President & CEO Jerry Denham. “But behind the playful approach is important information that users of two-way radios need. And these days, there’s no more important issue in two-way radio communications than narrowbanding.”
Under the FCC mandate, radios must have 12.5 kHz narrowband technology. Many newer radios can be converted, but some older ones must be replaced. The deadline for compliance is January 1, 2013, and violators face the prospect of heavy fines and the possibility of losing their FCC licenses.
BearCom, Motorola Solutions, and the Enterprise Wireless Alliance (EWA) worked together to launch www.Narrowbanding.com earlier this year to serve as another important resource to help educate the public about the narrowbanding requirement. Last month, BearCom also released its 2012 Two-Way Radio Narrowbanding Guide, which is available free for downloading at www.BearCom.com/Resource-Library.
“All of these resources are helpful as users of two-way radios look to comply with the FCC narrowbanding mandate,” Denham said. “With this latest video, we hope that humor can help keep this important issue on people’s minds as the deadline for compliance quickly approaches.”
For more information, visit www.BearCom.com.
Cody Systems C.O.B.R.A.: Officer Safety First Information Sharing
Criminals move fast. Data moves faster. Watch this video to see how the real-time, critical information provided by CODY Systems' C.O.B.R.A. can keep officers and other law enforcement field agents safe while they protect and serve.
Newtown Borough Police Chief Anthony Wojciechowski recalls the events of the tragic night when one of his officers, Brian Gregg, was brutally murdered by a known-offender in Bucks County, PA. He also recounts CODY Systems' eventual donation of their tactical, cloud-ready, information-sharing platform, C.O.B.R.A., to the county to help ensure tragedies such as this never happen again.
C.O.B.R.A. is CODY Systems' innovative cloud-ready information-sharing platform which integrates, shares, and provides true real-time information on persons, locations, vehicles, etc. across jurisdictions to officers on the street, investigators and upstream destinations -- regardless of the RMS vendor that participating agencies use.
Watch the Video on youtube.