Bahrain gives initial approval to bioweapons prohibition proposal


Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa presented a proposal this week to prohibit biological weapons in the nation. Bahrain’s cabinet gave initial approval to the law, which aims to establish a legislative framework aligned with United Nations … Read More »

Researchers look to similar bacteria to find answers on anthrax


Study results from a Defense Threat Reduction Agency Chemical Biological, Joint Science and Technology Office (DTRA CB/JSTO) program released on Monday show bacteria in the soil might provide an answer to combat anthrax. Defence Science and Technology Laboratory Principal Investigator … Read More »

PositiveID Corporation appoints new president


PositiveID Corporation, a biological detection system developer, announced on Monday that it appointed Lyle Probst as the new president of the company. Probst has 15 years of managerial experience with large biodetection products and programs. He joined PositiveID when the … Read More »

Advisory committee to hold Fort Detrick expo on April 30

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The Frederick Containment Laboratory Community Advisory Committee recently announced that it will hold an expo on April 30 to give residents of Frederick, Maryland, answers to questions about safety risks at nearby Fort Detrick. The expo and open house will … Read More »

Syria on track to meet chemical weapons disposal goals


Syria has removed or destroyed approximately 80 percent of its chemical weapons material as of April 19, according to the head of the Joint Mission of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the United Nations. Special Coordinator … Read More »

American Red Cross looks for disaster program manager for New Mexico office

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The American Red Cross is looking for a disaster program manager to work in the Las Cruces, N.M., office, according to a hiring notice posted on Saturday The position is full time. The person hired will work variable days … Read More »

Smiths Detection receives $10.2 million radiation detector contract


Smiths Detection, a designer of threat detection systems, announced on Thursday that it received a $10.2 million order from the Department of Homeland Security for its next-generation, self-calibrating radiation detection system. RadSeeker is a hand-held device that distinguishes radiological and … Read More »

Sandia conducts human behavior studies with TSA officers

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Researchers with Sandia National Laboratories recently conducted a study to determine how a federal transportation security officer’s thought process can influence decisions made during the airport baggage screening process. The study, which was funded by the Transportation Security Administration, may … Read More »

Report analyzes EU CBRN threat response capabilities


The recently released “Mapping Report on the Legal, Institutional, and Operative Framework Concerning Response to CBRN Threats in Italy and in other 10 EU Member States” identifies and analyzes the institutional and legal framework governing EU member states’ response to … Read More »

Wisconsin county approves pre-alerting program for first responders

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The board of a 911 center in Dane County, Wisconsin, announced the approval on Wednesday of a pre-alerting program to shorten dispatch times for serious emergencies. The program would consider additional emergencies to be rapid-dispatch emergencies. The 911 center currently … Read More »

Army develops smartphone bioterror detection system


A team of researchers under the U.S. Army’s Research Development and Engineering Command recently developed a biological and chemical detection system that sends information to a soldier’s smartphone. The researchers developed volatile organic compound strips that work with a device … Read More »

Stat Ambulance Service to provide free EMT training


Stat Ambulance Service, the 911 provider for the town of Dartmouth, Massachusetts, announced on Thursday that it would provide 150 hours of free emergency medical technician classes to firefighters facing layoffs in Fall River. The training will be given free … Read More »

Carnegie Mellon’s SEI announces wireless emergency alerts best practices

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Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute (SEI) recently announced a series of wireless emergency alerts (WEA) best practices for alert originators. In addition to the WEA development, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate, SEI … Read More »

Toronto disaster management conference scheduled for June

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The World Conference on Disaster Management (WCDM) will take place on June 15-18 in Toronto, Ontario, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The conference seeks to provide solution discovery, exchange of ideas and networking opportunities for individuals in crisis communications, … Read More »

DTRA seeks to lighten protective uniform against biothreats


Researchers with the Defense Threat Reduction Agency recently announced a new understanding of conjugated polymers with biocidal and sensing capabilities, which could result in lighter, more protective uniforms for soldiers. The team, which was funded by the DTRA’s Chemical and … Read More »