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 »

Biodetection Technologies readies 22nd Detection Technologies conference

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Biodetection Technologies’s 22nd conference in its Detection Technologies conference series is set to review feedback from the end-users on biodefense and biomedical technologies and explore the cutting edge in research and development and commercializations efforts in the field. The internationally … Read More »

Eagleson Institute announces annual Preventing and Treating Biological Exposures Colloquium

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The Eagleson Institute recently announced that it will hold the Preventing and Treating Biological Exposures Colloquium on June 8-10 in Providence, R.I. All occupational medicine, infectious disease and emergency physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, occupational health nurses and biosafety professionals … 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 »

Texas training center could receive $15 million for active shooter training

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U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder asked Congress on Tuesday to authorize $15 million in federal funds to support a Texas program that would train officers to respond to active shooter situations. The San Marcos-based Texas State University’s Advanced Law Enforcement … Read More »

National Biodefense Science Board adds six new members


The National Biodefense Science Board (NBSB) will soon add six experts to provide advice and guidance to HHS’ assistant secretary for preparedness and response and to the HHS secretary on preventing, preparing for and responding to adverse health effects of … Read More »

State of Washington posts hiring notice for state exercise program manager

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The State of Washington Military Department is hiring a state exercise program manager to work full-time in Pierce County, according to a hiring notice posted on Thursday on The manager would work under the direction of the exercise and … Read More »