Kevin Cresswell's articles

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Written by Kevin Cresswell Introduction Obscurants are anthropogenic or naturally occurring particles suspended in air that block or weaken the transmission of particular parts of the electromagnetic spectrum, such as visible and infrared radiation or microwaves. Smokes are produced by burning or vaporizing some product.  Since World War II, Hexachloroethane (HC) screening smoke grenades have […]
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Written by Kevin Cresswell The damage caused by a CBRN event, particularly the bio-terrorist threat, could reach untold magnitude, causing widespread illness and death, and instilling fear and panic on a global scale. Countering CBRNe runs through the entire framework of the INTERPOL strategy and hits all seven global policing goals beginning with countering the […]
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Written by Kevin Cresswell Ricin, contained in a package addressed to the White House, was intercepted by investigators last week. The alleged assassin was arrested a few days later. Ricin is much easier to produce than other popular biological weapons like botulinum, sarin, and anthrax, but it is not as potent as any of those, […]
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“Get your grants in for PPE!” An unprecedented recent announcement from FEMA  – it will be opening its Assistance to Firefighters Grants Program – COVID-19 Supplemental (AFG-S) grant application period for a second round of funding.  The purpose of Assistance to Firefighters Grant-Supplemental (AFG-S) is to award grants directly to fire departments, non-affiliated EMS (NAEMS) […]
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Ricochet has more than 25 years of experience producing sophisticated, high-tech gear for the rigorous and specialized needs of the military, industrial chemical workers and emergency first responders. Their exposure to the first responder needs has helped develop the skills, knowledge, and proven manufacturing techniques to provide the ultimate in Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for […]
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Originally published on Pacific Nortwest National Laboratory PNNL’s Vapor Detection Technology Named GeekWire’s ‘Innovation of the Year’ SEATTLE, Wash. – A technology that can quickly detect explosive vapors, deadly chemicals and illicit drugs with unparalleled accuracy has been named the 2020 Innovation of the Year by GeekWire, the Seattle-based technology news company. The vapor detection […]
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Originally published on HazmatMag Hazardous materials that are mishandled, incorrectly transported or used with malicious intent, can pose a substantial risk to human health and the environment. How effectively hazardous materials (HazMat) incidents are managed and resolved hinges on the knowledge, training and skill of those charged with response. In this article we examine the […]
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Originally published on IAFC Roadway emergency operations are the #1 traumatic risk firefighters and EMS responders face. Here’s how to minimize the risk: Dispatch the Appropriate ApparatusMake sure your response protocols establish ahead of time what fire apparatus will respond to highway incidents. Many fire departments send units to address the emergency as well as […]