University of Texas – San Antionio offers emergency preparedness courses

University of Texas at San Antonio

The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Office of Emergency Management will hold outreach and training sessions at UTSA campuses as part of National Preparedness month. Two courses are being offered to promote emergency preparedness. The first course, SD … Read More »

CBRN training exercise held in Turkey

Operation Active Fence

Turkish, German, Dutch and U.S. soldiers involved in the NATO-supported Operation Active Fence in Turkey participated in a chemical nuclear biological countermeasures exercise at the Gazi barracks in Kahramanmaras, Turkey, last month. The initial training scenario involved the Dutch Patriot … Read More »

Utah first responder attends preparedness training at CDP

Brett Cross

Utah First Responder Brett Cross, a strategic national stockpile program manager, recently attended the Technical Emergency Response Training (TERT) for CBERNE Incidents course at the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP). TERT is a hands-on training featuring chemical, biological, radiological and explosive … Read More »

Ready Alabama event highlights emergency preparedness

Ready Alabama

The Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) joined more than 20 emergency response and volunteer organizations to increase public awareness of readiness in the event of a disaster or emergency during Ready Alabama Day held on the lawn of the Alabama … Read More »

HHS sponsors development of next-generation portable ventilator


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently signed a $13.8 million contract with Phillips Respironics of Murrysville, Pennsylvania, to develop a user-friendly, low-cost portable respiratory ventilator to be used in the event of a public health emergency. … Read More »

Riot control respiratory system receives DEKRA certifications

HMK 150 2

Avon Protection recently received DEKRA Gmbh certifications for the HM50 CBRN respirator and the HMK150 Helmet Mask Kombination System. Introduced by European-based Avon Protection and Schuberth, the two products are used for respiratory protection during riot control. They allow for … Read More »

Response Biomedical CEO resigns

Response Biomedical

Jeffrey Purvin recently resigned from the board of directors and as the president and CEO of Response Biomedical Corp. effective immediately. Dr. Anthony Holler, a long-time Response board member, will serve as interim CEO. In addition, Barbara Kinnaird has been … Read More »

FEMA looks for infrastructure branch director


The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is looking to fill an infrastructure branch director position. The person hired will fill a service position located on a Type II Regional Incident Management Assistance Team (IMAT) that reports to the operations sections chief. … Read More »

Saskatchewan to hire assistant deputy minister for public safety


Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Government Relations is looking to hire an assistant deputy minister of public safety and corporate services. The person hired will provide leadership and direction to the emergency management and fire safety services in the Canadian province. They … Read More »

Begich welcomes FEMA privacy reforms

Mark Begich

News that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has implemented reforms to increase transparency and protect the privacy of disaster survivors drew praise on Tuesday from Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska). In a previous report by the Senate Subcommittee on Emergency Management, Begich … Read More »

ASM praises Obama administration’s Ebola response

American Society for Microbiology

The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) applauded the Obama administration’s announcement on Tuesday that it is expanding Department of Defense capabilities, medical expertise and resources to respond more rapidly to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. “The effort to reduce … Read More »

Kennesaw State seeks emergency management director

Kennesaw State University

Kennesaw State University in Georgia is looking to hire a director for its Office of Emergency Management. In addition to presiding over the functions assigned to the Office of Emergency Management, the director will assist the chief of police with … Read More »

National EMS award recipients announced

National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians NAEMT

The National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) and EMS World announced the recipients of the 2014 National EMS Awards of Excellence on Tuesday. The NAEMT/NASCO Paramedic of the Year is Susan Bailey, of Denham Springs, Louisiana. Bailey is chair … Read More »

Kentucky Emergency Management participates in preparedness event

Kentucky Emergency Management

Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM) and state cabinet personnel participated in the annual Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP) exercise on Wednesday at Boone National Guard Center in Frankfort, Kentucky. The exercise simulates an event involving chemical agents at the Blue … Read More »