How my USAR team used Facebook during the Louisiana Flooding

During the week in mid-August that saw seven trillion gallons of rain fall on southern Louisiana, the Louisiana Task Force 1 Urban Search and Rescue Team (LATF-1) received over half a dozen requests for aid or information via Facebook Messenger. Given that more than 20,000 people were rescued from rising flood waters over the course of that same week, half a dozen requests may seem like a drop … Continue reading How my USAR team used Facebook during the Louisiana Flooding

NOEMS Active Shooter Kits

This press release was featured on EMS World, JEMS, and EMS1.  It was also later picked up by Fox 8 News in New Orleans for a video feature. ~~~~~~ NEW ORLEANS, LA: The New Orleans Emergency Medical Services Foundation (The Foundation) donated six active shooter kits to New Orleans Emergency Medical Services (NOEMS) after receiving a grant from Hermes Beyond the Parade (Hermes BTP).  The … Continue reading NOEMS Active Shooter Kits

Concealed Carry in Kansas: Experts Respond

A Kansas law, which became effective on July 1, 2016, makes it legal for firefighters and EMS personnel to have a concealed carry weapon while on duty. The only exception is for school zones or private buildings specifically marked or designated as ‘gun free.’ Public employers, such as city and county governments, cannot prohibit their employees from carrying on duty. We asked EMS1 columnists to react … Continue reading Concealed Carry in Kansas: Experts Respond