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Mother Of Muslim 9/11 First Responder Says Republicans Are Insulting Son’s Memory

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 11.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The mother of an American Muslim first responder who died on 9/11 is calling out Republican presidential candidates for drumming up hat...

Legislation Passes, Police Do Not Respond

Elaine Pawlowski | Posted 11.18.2015 | Politics
Elaine Pawlowski

Despite legislative initiatives to expand the use of the antidote, naloxone to save the lives of opioid overdose victims, many police departments cannot or will not do their jobs.

Lamar Smith's Lesson in Congressional Hypocrisy

Alex Formuzis | Posted 10.16.2015 | Politics
Alex Formuzis

You'd be hard-pressed to find a member of Congress more vocal about the threat of identity theft and cyber-attacks than Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas. Sm...

Yoga for First Responders

Rob Schware | Posted 08.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Rob Schware

This is an interview with Dr. Robert Scott, a licensed psychologist as well as a nationally recognized teacher, trainer, and consultant in the field o...

DC's Metro Calamity: A Lesson in Preparation and Response

Irwin Redlener, M.D. | Posted 05.18.2015 | DC
Irwin Redlener, M.D.

Earlier this year, members of Congress voiced their frustration during a recent House Oversight Committee hearing, blasting the subway system of our n...

Multi-County Fire Corps: An Oklahoma Story

Tony Phillips | Posted 05.11.2015 | Impact
Tony Phillips

"Resilience is woven deeply into the fabric of Oklahoma. Throw us an obstacle, and we grow stronger." -- Brad Henry, former Governor of Oklahoma If y...

The Psychology of the Firefighter

Wray Herbert | Posted 04.26.2015 | Science
Wray Herbert

Contrary to our intuitions, studies find no consistent link between the extent of on-duty trauma experience and the eventual development of post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. Some firefighters cope poorly, while others with far more horrific experiences remain symptom-free. Why would that be?

Friday Talking Points -- GOP's Government Shutdown Showdown

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The GOP wasted no time in creating yet another self-induced government shutdown showdown. Not even two full months into their control of Congress, and they are pushing a critical federal department towards shutting down, all in an effort to make a political point.

In Fiji First Responders Train to Address Sexual Violence in Disasters

UN Women | Posted 01.20.2015 | World
UN Women

The program seeks to help first responders better recognize and address gender-based violence and ensure that safety concerns for women are incorporated into disaster-risk-reduction planning and needs assessments.

Giving Thanks for the Second Nature of First Responders

Vincent O'Keefe | Posted 01.18.2015 | Parents
Vincent O'Keefe

As I glanced up the stairs, the crowd of tweens suddenly parted and down rolled this jacket-clad snowball of a boy right at me. Luckily, I was standing in the middle of the stairs. By reflex, my body traveled back to high school and struck the pose of a third-baseman fielding a ground ball.

Gretna's Coal Train Resolution Too Tepid for Some Residents

Susan Buchanan | Posted 10.18.2014 | Green
Susan Buchanan

Coal trains are typically 100 to 125 cars long and uncovered. Dust blowing off them threatens human health and accumulates along tracks, causing derailments.

Those Who Make It Possible

Anita Casalina | Posted 09.09.2014 | Impact
Anita Casalina

On days when you get to relax and have fun gathering with your friends and family for picnics and maybe some fireworks, give a few minute thoughts to those who keep us safe while we do it.

First Responders Reflect On Importance Of Hurricane Prep

AccuWeather | Kevin Byrne | Posted 05.15.2014 | Green

This story originally appeared on AccuWeather. As Superstorm Sandy was headed towards New Jersey, something wasn't sitting right with Michelle Mall...

Matt Sledge

Eric Holder Calls On First Responders To Carry Overdose Reversal Drug | Matt Sledge | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder called on police and fire departments Wednesday to equip their employees with a lifesaving drug that c...

Winter Meets Heroes Hauling Technology

Diane Smith | Posted 05.06.2014 | Technology
Diane Smith

The true heroes in these stories though will always be the emergency services professionals who show up in the darkest of times, in the worst of conditions, and make miracles happen. And it's neighbors and friends who bring us together to help rebuild or console.

Yoga: Serving Those Who Serve

Rob Schware | Posted 03.23.2014 | Impact
Rob Schware

This is an interview with Olivia Kvitne, who started her service career in 2003 teaching low-cost private yoga sessions for people with disabilities w...

Chris Christie's Pity Party

Roger Witherspoon | Posted 03.12.2014 | Politics
Roger Witherspoon

What was most stunning about The Governor's prayerful pity party was that he spent two hours expressing incredulity and remorse because his staff and political henchmen and women lied to him. He was not chagrined that they lied to the people of New Jersey.

United by a Uniform: First Responders on The Front Lines of Suicide Prevention

Yost Zakhary | Posted 11.30.2013 | Impact
Yost Zakhary

For many years, the prevailing culture among first responders, and members of the military and Veterans, has been stoicism. Whatever it was you'd gone through you'd better deal with quietly, deal with it alone and get back to work.

Celebrating Everyday Heroes This National First Responders Appreciation Day

Chief Bob Harvey | Posted 11.27.2013 | Impact
Chief Bob Harvey

All of our nation's defenders, including firefighters, emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and law enforcement, can find comfort in knowing that we protect America's communities as best as we humanely can. And so, with National First Responders Appreciation Day on the horizon, I encourage you to pause and say "thank you" to those who, without fail, show up.

Redefining First Response

Nancy Aossey | Posted 11.25.2013 | Impact
Nancy Aossey

Thirty years of experience have taught us that far more lives can be saved by training local residents, giving them the resources and tools they need to be their own First Responders before a crisis hits.

These Photos Of 9/11 First Responders Break Our Hearts, But They Also Make Us Damn Proud

The Huffington Post | Andy McDonald | Posted 09.11.2013 | Politics

Very little needs to be said about the following photos of first responders on September 11th, 2001 and during the subsequent recovery efforts. The im...

On 9/11, Remember the Importance of First Responders

Nancy Brown | Posted 11.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

"More people are growing up wanting to become EMTs and paramedics, many of them inspired by the events of Sept. 11. We've also had siblings and children of people who were involved that day join our ranks."

Another Team of Heroes for Kids

Kate Carr | Posted 10.27.2013 | Impact
Kate Carr

With quiet competence and courage, never having confronted this kind of horror before, Antoinette started talking to the young man, and surprisingly, he started talking back.

A Communications Network Worthy of Our First Responders

Sen. Jay Rockefeller | Posted 10.02.2013 | Technology
Sen. Jay Rockefeller

FirstNet is going to make sure we minimize any chance for communications failures during emergencies. Sadly, though, we have seen what happens when our first responders can't communicate, most notably on September 11, 2001.

Bent But Not Broken

Karyn L. Wiseman, Ph.D. | Posted 06.25.2013 | Religion
Karyn L. Wiseman, Ph.D.

This has been an impossible couple of weeks of tragedy and triumph, brokenness and bravery, gory injuries and graciousness, terror and tenacity, angry words and awakenings, betrayal and blessing.