Trending: ‘Swatting’ Jeopardizes EMS, Public Safety Resources
‘Swatting’ is the online gamer term for making a hoax 911 call that reports a hostage, active-shooter incident or explosive device at the home of an opponent. Incidents of swatting were first reported in 2012 and it has re-emerged as a trending problem that jeopardizes EMS and other public safety resources.
4-Year Sentence For Drunk Driver Who Killed EMT
HARTFORD, Conn. — Dozens of relatives and friends of 32-year-old Donavan Alden, including the paramedics and EMTs with whom he worked and volunteered, filled a Hartford courtroom Thursday to watch as the drunken driver who killed him a year ago was sentenced to four years in prison.
NJ Lawmakers Aim To Crack Down On 'Swatting'
A series of patrol cars rushed into the Freehold Raceway Mall parking lot April 16, responding a frightening 911 call from the food court.
But when they arrived, officers found no signs of trouble.
Shoppers were browsing clothing racks and sitting down for dinner. The mall owner wasn’t aware of any emergency, much less a 911 call.
They had just been “swatted.”
It was the third case that week of swatting, a prank where someone makes a hoax 911 call while disguising their phone number and its origin, drawing police and often heavily armed SWAT officers to the location of a made-up emergency.
Salem County VoTech Awarded $343K For New Law Enforcement, EMT Program
County Vocational Technical school will work to implement new career paths for students thanks to state grant funding, state officials said.
The New Jersey Department of Education will award six county vocational school district in the state a total of $3 million through the County Vocational School District Partnership Grant program.
Salem County VoTech will be awarded $343,902 for a new law enforcement, firefighter, and EMT program through a partnership with the sheriff's office, prosecutor's office and county fire academy.
CDC Calls for Expanding Naloxone Use
Allowing more basic emergency medical service (EMS) staff to administer naloxone could reduce drug overdose deaths that involve opioids, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study, “Disparity in Naloxone Administration by Emergency Medical Service Providers and the Burden of Drug Overdose in Rural Communities,” published in the American Journal of Public Health.