• On December 18th, FR’s training division HazMatIQ is holding a RadIQ Response Training session in Miami, FL. This course covers important information for responders to use in the hot zone. This course is limited enrollment, so sign up now! Register here

  • Visual detection of drones has never been considered as effective as its thermal, radio or acoustic counterparts. The trouble is always discriminating between different moving objects in view. Typically, a bird or even a plastic bag caught in the wind might be mistaken for a drone, which is why most discrimination methods have primarily focused on heat and acoustic signatures in the past (though acoustic signatures also tend to become less useful in urban areas with higher levels of background noise).

  • DroneShield is pleased to announce a launch of the additional product DroneNodeTM, in response to end-user requirements.

    DroneNodeTM is an evolution of the Company’s existing DroneCannonTM product, a portable, compact and inconspicuous counterdrone jamming device which can be utilised at large outdoor events by law enforcement without raising public concern. This product is particularly relevant given the recent drone attack on the Venezuelan president, and the high profile mailbomb terrorist attacks in the United States, heightening the awareness of law enforcement globally to potential threats to high profile political targets.

  • First responders around the globe share a common mission to ensure the safety and security of the people they serve, as they often respond to complex and evolving natural and manmade disasters. To respond more effectively, safely and efficiently to both small and large-scale emergencies, the world’s first responders share a common need for technologically advanced tools and equipment that are also affordable.

  • The Center for Domestic Preparedness is now able to provide expeditionary training to responders, particularly those immediately facing or recovering from disasters.
           
    The center recently condensed a number of CDP courses into just-in-time, one- to four-hour training modules which they can offer to responders at their home stations. The CDP currently has more than 50 modules prepared, with a heavy emphasis on public health, hazardous materials, dealing with mass casualties, and incident command.

  • In this edition: read an introduction to HazMat training; discover what to see and do at CBRNe Convergence 2018; learn about the most common HazMat threats for first responders; read how prepared firefighters feel to handle HazMat incidents and explore what the linchpins of effective HazMat response are. Enjoy the read!

    To see what publications Argon provide head to their site at argonelectronics.com/cbrne-hazmat-resources-publications

  • The company behind a versatile rifle stock that enables operatives to shoulder their firearms while wearing a ballistic helmet with the visor fully lowered has received orders and a high level of interest from law enforcement agencies worldwide since production was launched in September.

    Riot and ballistic face shields are essential for law enforcement officers in active shooter and riot control scenarios. The problem with these face shields is that once fully lowered they interfere with the assault rifles and/or less-lethal baton round guns that armed officers are equipped with. This can also be an issue with law enforcement officers that need to wear respirators in certain tactical situations.

     

  • Autonomous robots fitted with tiny chemical sensors that listen to the ‘sounds’ coming off gases will instantly detect gas leaks in petrochemical plants and pipelines to dramatically improve disaster responses.

    The risk of a petrol plant explosion or a potential disaster on an oil refinery could be dramatically reduced thanks to a new generation of tiny chemical sensors that use light and sound to ‘listen to’ gas leaks.

    Fitted to an autonomous patrolling robot, the tiny ‘Photo-Acoustic’ gas sensors will be part of a wireless network continuously monitoring pipelines that can instantly identify petroleum, hydrogen sulphide, and a number of toxic gases, before alerting operatives in an oil rig or chemical plant.

    Current state of the art technologies can take anything up to 8 minutes per measurement and give off ‘false positives’ when detecting gas leaks. However, a group of EU researchers are exploiting new techniques to positively identify a leak in milliseconds.

  • On October 12, MyDefence co-hosted the event Electric Storm to demonstrate the capability of the latest MyDefence Counter UAS products for dismounted soldiers. The event featured a live demonstration of the detection and jamming capabilities of the WINGMAN 103 drone detector and the PITBULL Counter UAS jammer.

    Last month, DeDrone announced the capability to detect drone swarms, and assuming the same conditions, MyDefence is now announcing drone swarm jamming capability, which was demonstrated at Electric Storm. During the event, five drone operators attempted to execute a coordinated drone attack. The coordinated attack was effectively neutralized using the MyDefence PITBULL Counter UAS jammer, and all drone operators lost control of their drones.

  • Siga Technologies announced this month that they have entered in to an agreement with the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases USAMRIID) to study the post-exposure prophylactic use of TPOXX.

    TPOXX is currently being stockpiled by the government as a treatment for smallpox, and is the first, and only, FDA-approved smallpox antiviral treatment. There is also currently an IV formulation under development.

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