Entries by Tim Karney

How Bad is the Opioid Crisis in Your State?

The current opioid epidemic will kill in one year, a number equal to, or greater than, all the American servicemen killed in the Vietnam War in ten years.  The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) recently updated their findings on the crisis. Here are a few key items that underline the severity of the problem:  Every day, more than 130 people in […]

For the 4th Time, First Line Technology Appears on the Inc. 5000, Ranking No. 4256 With Three-Year Revenue Growth of 72 Percent

Inc. Magazine Unveils Its Annual List of  America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies—the Inc. 5000 NEW YORK, August 14, 2019 – Inc. magazine today revealed that First Line Technology (FLT) is No. 4256 on its annual Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent small businesses. Microsoft, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, Pandora, Timberland, LinkedIn, Yelp, Zillow, and many other well-known […]

Four Transport Incubators. 30 Patients in NICU.

How do you evacuate all the infants safely? A recent fire at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Main Campus forced the temporary evacuation of about 200 people. Fortunately, in this instance, no one was injured, and normal operations were soon restored. But the possibility of incidents like this keep many healthcare professionals up at night. How […]

Will There Be Another Active Shooter Incident in the Next 64 Days?

If we can’t stop mass shootings, we need to respond better. Active shooter incidents in recent history have shown that communities everywhere must be better prepared to respond to mass casualty events. Studies indicate that the rate at which public mass shootings occur has tripled since 2011. Between 1982 and 2011, a mass shooting occurred […]

Mass Casualties in Paradise

Everyone dreams of a tropical vacation in Hawaii. But for the passengers and crew of a recent Air Canada flight, an unexpected trip to Honolulu was not on the itinerary. Severe turbulence inflight caused multiple injuries that required the plane to be diverted to Hawaii. With a significant number of mass casualties onboard the aircraft; federal, state and […]

First Line Technology Recognized for Lab-to-Life-Saving Innovations

Fairfax County Economic Development Agency has produced a video profile of First Line Technology. The video showcases several of the innovative disaster response solutions developed by First Line Technology for use by first responders and the military.   In the interview, Amit Kapoor, President and CEO of First Line Technology, explains how the company works together with […]

The Army’s Other Enemy: Heat Stress

The Military Learns to Combat Deadly Heat Stress  As temperatures rise, increasing numbers of soldiers are put at risk of enduring heat stress that can end their careers or even kill them.  In a recent NBC News report by David Hasemyer of Inside Climate News, the U.S. Army is putting significant effort into understanding the causes of heat stress and treating soldiers that experience its effects.  The […]

Mass Casualty Wildfires Could Overwhelm Hospitals and Medical Transport

As reported by Adam Rogers for Wired, the devastating California Camp Fire in 2018 was a wake-up call to emergency managers and public health professionals. The fire killed at least 85 people and destroyed the local Feather River Hospital. That reduced the available medical treatment facilities needed to treat patients and requiring the evacuation of […]

Baby Pod 20 included in NASEMSO database of Pediatric Transport Products for Ground Ambulances

The National Association of State Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Officials has just released the Pediatric Transport Products for Ground Ambulances, Version 2. The document is a resource for EMS providers to determine existing options for securing infants and children who are transported by ambulance. Over 1 million pediatric patients are transported by ambulances nationwide each […]

WATCH: Manatee County Florida Deploys an AmbuBus

See Manatee County EMS District Chief Jason Evans Present the Multi-Patient Transport Vehicle Manatee County Florida has deployed an AmbuBus Conversion Kit in a metro bus frame to serve as a multiple-patient transport vehicle. The bus can accommodate 17 passengers in a single trip.  In a recent television newscast, Manatee County EMS District Chief Jason Evans […]

Tornadoes, Hurricanes, Floods, or Wildfires? Which Will You Face?

2019 Could be a challenging year for emergency managers. If current conditions continue, 2019 may be one of the worst years for natural disasters in America.   From January through May, we have already seen 611 tornadoes that have caused at least 38 fatalities and left hundreds homeless. This figure includes a record 13 straight days with at least […]

Are Electrostatic Sprayers the Right Choice for Personnel Decon?

New EPA report evaluates the effectiveness of electrostatic sprayers The use of electrostatic sprayers has been a matter of serious debate across the HazMat community. However, with the release of a recent EPA report, the evidence is growing that electrostatic sprayers have significant operational and financial advantages. The report titled, “Evaluation of Electrostatic Sprayers for […]