Author Archives: Paul Tinder

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Sandia develops pocket-sized anthrax detector

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A credit-card sized anthrax detector developed by Sandia National Laboratories was recently licensed to a small business and may make anthrax testing faster, easier, safer and cheaper. Melissa Finley, a scientist with Sandia’s International Biological Threat Reduction Program, helped to … Read More »

Nomination period begins for 2014 DHS resilience award


The Department of Homeland Security announced on Thursday that the nomination period has begun for the 2014 Rick Rescorla National Award for Resilience, which recognizes leadership in fostering resilience during the previous year. Resilience is considered the ability to adapt … Read More »

SOFEX scheduled for May 5-8 in Jordan


The 10th Special Operations Forces Exhibition and Conference, a conference with an emphasis on counterterrorism, homeland security and special operations forces, will take place on May 5-8 in Amman, Jordan. SOFEX is the only special operations conference and exhibition held … Read More »

Education technology specialist sought by FEMA


The Federal Emergency Management Agency is seeking an education technology specialist in Anniston, Alabama, according to a hiring notice posted on Wednesday on The full-time, permanent position will have the potential for future promotions based on the specialist’s ability … Read More »

Flir Systems receives production decision for CBRNE response system

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Flir Systems, Inc., a sensor systems designer, announced on Tuesday that it received a full-rate production decision from the U.S. government for FLIR’s integrated chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives threat response system. The U.S. Department of Defense will receive … Read More »

Ambition conference begins April 29 in London

Ambition 2014

Ambition 2014, a conference focused on pre-hospital care, resilience and interoperability, will occur on April 29-30 at Olympia, London. The show is the only conference with the full support of all National Health Service ambulance services. As a result, the … Read More »

Boston PD successfully used social media after marathon bombing

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The Boston Police Department successfully used Twitter to keep the public informed during the investigation after the deadly Boston Marathon bombings, according to a recent report by the National Institute of Justice. The report was part of an effort to … Read More »

Insurance examiner sought by FEMA


The Federal Emergency Management Agency is seeking an insurance examiner in Washington, according to a hiring notice posted on Friday on The full-time, permanent position may require irregular work hours during emergency management operations. Travel requirements to support emergency … Read More »

UAB nursing students train at CDP

Center for Domestic Preparedness CDP

Forty-seven nursing students from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing recently completed two courses at the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Center for Domestic Preparedness. The students took the the Standardized Awareness Authorized Training Program course before completing … Read More »

General Dynamics receives $23 million from DoD to develop CBRN modeling software

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General Dynamics Information Technology, a developer of aerospace, combat, information and marine technologies, announced on Thursday that it received a $23 million contract to develop modeling software for the U.S. Department of Defense. General Dynamics will develop software for Joint … Read More »

Stockpiling smallpox vaccine may be best use of resources


More time and energy should be spent on developing smallpox vaccine stockpiles rather than pursuing new vaccines or antiviral agents, according to an editorial published on Tuesday in Biosecurity and Bioterrorism. D.A. Henderson, a distinguished scholar with the UPMC Center … Read More »