Whitecaps

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Location: Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, United States

Raised in Palouse, WA. Graduated from Washington State University. US Army (Counterintelligence). US Secret Service (Technical Security Division) in Fantasyland-on-the-Potomac and Los Angeles. Now living in north Idaho.


Thursday, March 31, 2005

Some Interesting Technologies for Public Safety

What local public safety agencies call "high-tech" equipment usually trickles down to civilians from the military. That does not mean the particular technology is obsolete. It often means that it has been replaced by an upgraded version more suitable to the military's needs. Being the recipient of hand-me-down technology can work to the advantage of local public safety agencies as well as defense contractors. Contractors need to find markets for useful equipment the military no longer buys. This results in cost savings to local governments.

The March 2005 issue of Signal, the monthly magazine of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association, has some articles that may be of interest to local public safety folks.

Many local agencies (none in northern Idaho) have sent people to the Hazardous Devices Course at Redstone Arsenal, Huntsville, Alabama. This is the only recognized certification course in the United States for civilian hazardous devices units, bomb squads. For many years now, local bomb squads have been using robots to safely assess and neutralize improvised explosive devices. An article entitled Robots Take The Heat describes some of the less sensitive uses of robots by US Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal teams. The robots used by bomb squads are also being deployed into hostage or hostage-barricade situations to provide audio and video information safely to assessment teams.

Hospital emergency departments, paramedics, and emergency medical technicians may get a glimpse into the future of in-the-field emergency medicine with these three articles:

After seeing these articles, readers may reasonably conclude that the medical tools Gene Roddenberry gave to his fictional Star Wars character, Dr. McCoy, may be not so fictional. And the future is now.






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