Public Safety Basics: Halloween Safety

UNITED STATES — Today is Halloween, which means millions of children across America will be taking to the streets, in costume, in search for candy. We want everyone to enjoy their holiday without incident, so for this edition of Public Safety Basics, we’ve included several Halloween safety tips (provided by Safe Kids Worldwide) below! Did…

BREAKING: LTE-capable P25 radios from L3Harris receive FirstNet Ready certification

BREAKING NEWS — “L3Harris Technologies today announced that its XL-185P and XL-200P portable P25 radios that also support LTE connectivity have been designated as FirstNet Ready and certified for use on the AT&T commercial network after extensive testing, meaning the 700 MHz Band 14 capability in the devices can be used.” (https://urgentcomm.com/2019/10/28/lte-capable-p25-radios-from-l3harris-receive-firstnet-ready-certification/) “Nino DiCosmo, president…

BREAKING: Pitkin County 911 dispatchers become first responders

BREAKING NEWS — 911 dispatchers from one county in Colorado have become the first in the state to be recognized as first responders, opening the door for more reclassifications across the region. The move comes as the United States government debates the 911 SAVES Act, a congressional bill that would reclassify emergency dispatchers as administrative…

Pyramid picked to speak at Texas first-responder conference

BREAKING NEWS — Pyramid Consulting announced today it has been selected as a presenter for the 2020 Texas Public Safety Conference in Galveston, TX. (ABOVE: Pyramid Consulting President Terry Burnworth and Marketing Director Amanda Matlock teaching a class on social media at the Indiana APCO/NENA Annual Conference in Indianapolis earlier this spring.) Selected classes for…

First-responders, military go nuts over online ‘Tetris Challenge’

BREAKING NEWS — In recent weeks a small corner of the internet has been besieged by photos of first-responders and service members posing alongside gear, assorted equipment, and vehicles that have all been meticulously organized to look like a life-sized toy set, before being posted online as part of the so-called “Tetris Challenge.” The whole…

BREAKING: Proposed 911-like number could aid suicide prevention

BREAKING NEWS — 988 might become the latest way to help save a life, after The Federal Communications Commission recently proposed the three-digit number for the National Suicide Prevention Hotline. The federal agency’s staff made the recommendation this month in a report to Congress, finding that using a shorter and easier to remember number “would likely make…

NEWSLETTER: Hit with a ransomware attack? Don’t pay the hackers

NEWSLETTER — With more than 20 cities across America hit in the first half of 2019, it’s obvious ransomware attacks are on the rise. Some governments pay and some don’t. But read why one government official says to benefit everyone and stop the growing epidemic, no one should pay. Read the full story, along with…