First Responder Fees – Is It Time?

Author: Kurt Henke, Principal/Managing Partner, AP Triton LLC
Published: 7/14/2020
Chief Jeff Johnson’s editorial on the financial crisis facing the fire service and public sectors today could not be more accurate. Though most of us have not dealt with a health pandemic of this magnitude or a near complete shutdown of our economy in our lifetime, we have dealt with financial crisis before. Does 2008-2011 ring a bell? As a fire chief of a metropolitan fire district ...     read more

Guest Editorial: More Smoke and Mirrors from Verizon

Author: Richard A. Mirgon, Richard Mirgon Consulting, LLC
Published: 6/24/2020
An article was recently published about Verizon announcing their new public safety app store. Public safety should understand that this app store is marginal and nothing more than a list and access to a miscellaneous collection of public safety related applications. This site is dangerous to public safety and users should read the User Agreement which says Verizon is not responsible for anything.     read more

The Future of Technology Partners for Public Safety: A Case Study on First Due

Author: Dan Munsey, CFO, Fire Chief, San Bernardino County Fire District
Published: 5/29/2020
When fire service leaders look to acquire and adopt new technologies, we need to ensure we lead through the technology we implement--not be led by it. This concept is something I have witnessed again and again as fire agencies implement new technology integration into operations--we all want to have the "shiny new toy," and we buy it impulsively. The fire service technology vendors we need to partner with should be thought leaders and innovators in technology.     read more

New Wireless Services Contracts for FireRescue GPO

Author: Jeffrey D. Johnson, CEO, Western Fire Chiefs Association
Published: 5/26/2020
Communication is essential in keeping the public safe and protecting our communities. Recently, our approved cooperative purchasing partner, Sourcewell, awarded contracts for Wireless Voice and Data Services to AT&T and Sprint. As a government organization, Sourcewell has been providing competitively awarded contracts to public entities for the past 40 years. This can make the purchasing process a little easier so that your first responders can get the modern equipment and services they need every day - smartphones, cell phones, tablets, Wi-Fi devices, chargers and accessories, and other related services.     read more

COVID-19 and Wildfire—the Emerging Issues

Author: Chief Kim Zagaris, WFCA Wildfire Policy and Technology Advisor
Published: 5/19/2020
COVID-19 has produced an unprecedented series of new issues for the fire service and has impacted daily operations in numerous ways. Now wildfire season is here, and the idea of running a wildland fire camp in light of COVID-19 has created real issues for federal, state and local agencies. To track the conversation and offer real solutions to help the fire service, Intterra and WFCA have come together to produce a series of webinars focused on COVID-19 and wildfire.     read more

WFCA Connects Partners to Bring Departments Needed Supplies

Author: Western Fire Chiefs Association
Published: 5/12/2020
Sourcewell, our FireRescue GPO cooperative purchasing partner, has teamed-up with Constellis to provide a cooperative purchasing avenue for personal protective equipment products and services. Products range from masks, gloves, face shields, gowns, and hand sanitizer to antibody tests and are available through the School Health Sourcewell contract.     read more

California fire district leveraging FirstNet, BeOn PTT from L3Harris to save significant LMR costs

Author: Donny Jackson, IWCE's Urgent Communications
Published: 4/23/2020
Mammoth Lakes Fire Protection District has teamed-up with L3Harris and FirstNet, built by AT&T, on a project to address coverage issues in its aging VHF infrastructure. The partnership anticipates lowering the rural fire district’s LMR capital costs approximately 60 percent by supplementing its VHF radio system with BeOn push-to-talk service and sharing tower sites. Importantly, the hybrid LMR-LTE push-to-talk strategy will move the area’s public safety communications forward and serve as a model to other U.S. public-safety entities.     read more

You disinfect your hands, Why aren’t you disinfecting your phone?

Author: Sponsored Content from Sonim Technologies
Published: 4/22/2020
The outbreak of the COVID-19 virus has resulted in many questions regarding “mobile hygiene” best practices. A study by the University of Arizona found that cell phones are 10X dirtier than public toilets. Another study found that over 99% of hospital staff smartphones are contaminated with pathogens. Yet, can your mobile phone withstand the aggressive cleaning and disinfecting to truly sanitize it?     read more

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and the Economic Security (CARES) Act Summarized

Author: Jeffrey D. Johnson, CEO, Western Fire Chiefs Association
Published: 4/06/2020
With the uncertainty of the novel coronavirus pandemic, our community of first responders is facing tremendous pressure to answer the call. WFCA is committed to being a trusted resource by providing relevant information about COVID-19 that you can use at work and at home. Last week, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and the Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress and signed by the President. WFCA has compiled a few resources on this topic you may find helpful as you manage through the COVID-19 crisis.     read more

Western Fire Chiefs Association, IAFC, partner with Constellis to make Fire Chiefs aware of two new products being used to combat COVID-19

Author: Western Fire Chiefs Association
Published: 4/01/2020
The Western Fire Chiefs Association, along with the IAFC, have partnered with Constellis to make Fire Chiefs aware of two new products that are being used to combat the COVID-19 virus. One is a Rapid Test for the SARS-CoV-2 antibodies. The second is a UV-C Disinfectant for vehicle or station cleaning. Both of these products have been reviewed by multiple bodies of experts and shown to have great value to the Fire and EMS service.     read more

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