Mary Rose Roberts

Mary Rose
Rugged handheld radio has accessories for firefighters
Harris Corp. recently unveiled a gloved-hand knob kit to accompany its XG-75, a single-band rugged handheld radio developed for firefighters working in adverse conditions.
Fire chief quits over Boston Marathon bombing command-slams
Steve Abraira resigned this week as chief of the Boston Fire Department.
Emergency crews stand down during Oklahoma twister assessment
First responder self-deployment has become an issue in the days after the EF-5 tornado hit Moore, Okla.
In high-rise fires, crew size matters, big time
A consortium of public-safety organizations has unveiled a study that uses field and computer-modeling data to determine the minimum high-rise fire crew size.
Lowe's grant program can be a source of fire service funds
Big-box retailer Lowe's has a grant program that donates money to community-improvement projects.
How rescue teams can prepare to respond to mass-violence incidents
Fire chiefs should partner with local law-enforcement agencies that can train firefighters to respond to mass shootings and similar incidents.
How fire crews scrambled to keep radio systems working in Superstorm Sandy
In Hoboken, N.J., water from Superstorm Sandy flooded fire stations and power outages shut down communications.
Sensor system can track first responders at fire scene
A long-awaited firefighter tracking system, the Wearable Advanced Sensor Platform, or WASP, will be available this year.
Feds issue 2012 firefighter fatality totals
The U.S. Fire Administration announced a provisional total of 83 on-duty firefighter fatalities in the U.S. during 2012, the same number of firefighter losses as in 2011.
Simulator boosts realism in hazmat training exercises
The Mesa (Ariz.) Fire/Medical Department recently used HazSim for year-end hazmat drills involving department personnel.
Fight budget cuts with data
Few expect funding levels for the fire service to return to pre-recession levels. As a result, fire chiefs are changing the way they measure the services their departments provide.
Dispatchers connect to citizens via smartphone app
The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency now can alert its citizens during natural or manmade disasters via Ping4alerts!, a free smartphone app.
Put the kibosh to firehouse pranks
An attorney says education and policy should be used to prevent liability, avoid bad press and prevent poor morale resulting from firehouse hazing and pranks.
Mass shootings: how first responders can prepare
Mass shootings are part of U.S. and international cultures, and it is crucial fire departments train with other public-safety agencies for such incidents.
The fire service needs to develop and sustain public/private partnerships
The Great Recession and its aftershock have made fire departments more dependent on public/private partnerships.

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