Emergency Services/First Responders


  • Thames Valley Police officer killed in Berkshire while investigating burglary

    August 16, 2019

    Ten people have been arrested on suspicion of murdering a police officer killed while attending a reported burglary. PC Andrew Harper, of Thames Valley Police, died at about 23:30 BST on Thursday in Berkshire. The force said the 10 males arrested were aged between 13 and 30, and remain in custody. Prime Minister Boris Johnson told the BBC ...

  • Two North Carolina bomb squad agents injured after explosive materials blew-up during the search of a man’s home

    July 26, 2019

    Two North Carolina bomb squad agents were injured during the search of a man’s home after he was pulled over for having homemade explosives in his car. The State Bureau of Investigations (SBI) agents were assisting Sampson County Sheriff’s Office investigate a rural area southeast of Raleigh when the materials exploded on Friday. Assistant Special Agent in ...

  • Dirty bomb simulator prepares responders

    July 15, 2019

    If a radiological dispersal device (RDD), or “dirty bomb,” ever explodes in the United States, emergency crews may be better prepared because of a simulator developed by an Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) visualization technologist. Called the RDD Studio, the model was developed by the Lab’s Ryan Chen to provide a detailed simulation of what an ...

  • Manchester fire service lacks training to react to armed terror attack, says inspector’s report

    June 20, 2019

    The inability of Greater Manchester Fire Rescue Service (GMFRS) to deploy officers in the event of some terror attacks has been highlighted in a new report into standards in the nation’s fire services. Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) found that GMFRS lacked specialist firefighters trained to enter “warm zones” during ...