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WAMC photo illustration by Dave Lucas

First responders across Albany County will soon be able to make radio contact with one another through a new countywide interoperable radio system.


A proposal to create a unified EMS system faces its first test tonight in Greene County.

14 towns and 5 villages would benefit from the countywide system that would be overseen by a not-for-profit group coordinated through the county's 9-1-1 center.

Mutualink, Inc.

There have been so many school shootings in recent years, parents will probably never feel totally at peace when they put their kids on the bus again. A new school safety pilot program, Mutualink K-12,  is rolling out in 20 public schools in Oneida and Rockland counties later this month. The technology announced by Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday claims to improve communications and the sharing of information between participating schools and local first responders during an emergency.

HAZMAT Drill Takes Place In Orange County

Aug 9, 2014
Office of the Orange County Executive

A HAZMAT exercise is taking place Saturday morning in Orange County.

Andrew Magill, flickr

Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs has been awarded nearly one-and-a-half million dollars for research into the medical cause of cardiac deaths among firefighters.

Westchester County Board of Legislators/Aviva Meyer

An international multi-casualty expert was in New York Thursday, to share information about emergency preparedness with first responders.

Federal and State officials have been working since 9-eleven to upgrade the technology supporting public safety communications - their efforts are on the verge of paying off, as we hear in this report from Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas.

The State University of New York at New Paltz will host the ninth annual conference of the Institute for Disaster Mental Health tomorrow. The conference is focused on maintaining resilience among trauma and disaster workers.

Among the keynote speakers are Dr. Richard Tedeschi, a professor of psychology at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, and Dr. Charles Figley, professor of social work at Tulane University. WAMC’s Brian Shields spoke with both men about how those who work around disaster maintain mental fitness.