By Dr. Tonia Parker
Many first responders are suffering from traumatic stress after responding to the coronavirus pandemic, which is leading to burnout and even suicide. Learn about the resulting physical, emotional, behavioral, and spiritual effects and what support is needed to address mental health issues during this crisis.
By Dr. Randall Hanifen
It's critical to hire first responders who fit well into the culture of an organization. Learn more about what qualities to look for during the hiring process including their values, ability to work as a team, and commitment to the organization.
By Kathleen L. Mangeri
The trauma and stress first responders experience from their job can start to affect their personal life. If family members and loved ones start to notice changes, they need to take action. Here are some of the signs to look for as well as steps to take if you're concerned about the well being of your first responder.
By Travis Naito
Security officers generally do not have the legal authority of law enforcement and are often trained at a lower standard. However, this mindset is changing. Private security is evolving with respect to training, which includes the use of certain kinds of tactics and equipment.
By Justin Baumgartner
The San Bernardino mass shooting is evidence that active shootings are on the rise. To help prepare a community for an active shooter event, public safety agencies must first change the definition of who is considered a first responder. Agencies must train average citizens as first responders who can assist professional emergency responders and help reduce the number of casualties. Learn how the Glendale Police Department in Colorado has conducted an active shooter training program based on the Run Hide Fight Treat program.
The field of emergency management has changed a lot in recent years. Many current emergency managers have hands-on experience but often do not have an academic background in the field, while new or aspiring emergency managers often have an emergency and disaster management education, but not much experience. AMU student George Navarini, who recently was elected to a student leadership position within the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) has a plan to bring those two groups together so they can learn from one another.