Entries by Tim Karney

Recent Bus Crash Kills 4, Injures 30

Mass casualty incidents in rural areas pose unique challenges.  In September of 2019, a tour bus carrying 30 Chinese nationals traveling to Bryce Canyon National Park rolled over and crashed into a guard rail. Four people died and at least twelve other people with injuries that ranged from serious to critical. Mass casualty incidents caused by bus […]

Don’t Leave Victims Out in the Cold This Winter

Use an AmbuBus as an on-site shelter for victims and responders. 2:30a.m   -7⁰F  Smoke and flames begin to rise from a multi-story apartment building. The smoke alarms blare and the building’s sprinkler system begins to shower everyone and everything in it with cold water. Terrified tenants run outside into the freezing cold waiting for the fire department to […]

How Do You Clean the Lock Up?

First Line Technology Assists in Jail Cell Decontamination As fentanyl and other synthetic opioids continue to spread across the country, correctional facilities are discovering that prisoners are finding ways to hide or acquire these dangerous substances. Recently, Al Lee of First Line Technology (FLT) received a phone call from Lieutenant Scott Brosis of the Aurora, Illinois Police […]

Hurricane Dorian Challenges Us to Rethink Preparation and Response

Dorian’s winds take damage to a whole new level.  Hurricane Dorian smashed into the Bahamas with sustained winds of 185 mph and gusts of 220 mph.  In an article by Jim McKay on Government Technology’s Emergency Management website, Jared Moskowitz, director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management was quoted as saying,  “Whatever the building code is in the state […]

Massive Fires in California Force 180,000 Evacuations

Hospitals evacuate patients as fire approaches. The ongoing series of wildfires in California continue to expand at a frightening pace. Driven by winds that often exceed 85 miles per hour, officials ordered evacuations in large areas of Sonoma County. As originally reported in The Mercury News, officials at Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital and the Kaiser Permanente […]

Did You Know? There’s More to Dahlgren Decon than Just Peracetic Acid

Part A is 10,000x more effective than Dawn dish soap.   Peracetic Acid (PAA) is the main oxidizing agent in Dahlgren Decon that chemically neutralizes toxic chemicals and destroys biological agents and pathogens. But there is more chemistry behind the effectiveness of Dahlgren Decon than just PAA. In fact, Part A of Dahlgren Decon, also […]

Which Communities are the Most Evacuation Challenged?

New data can improve evacuation planning. In a recent article by Jim McKay on Government Technology’s Emergency Management website, a new study of traffic patterns in 100 communities identified several factors that have a major impact on evacuation constraint risk. StreetLight Data conducted the study which looked at 30,000 towns in the United States with populations […]

Six Prison Staffers Hospitalized for Possible Fentanyl Exposure in Connecticut

Incident highlights need for large-area fentanyl neutralization. In a recent article by Eric Levenson and Mirna Alsharif on CNN, six staff members at the Chesire Correctional Institute were taken to local hospitals for possible exposure to fentanyl. If fentanyl becomes aerosolized, it can be easily dispersed over an area by air circulated by fans or […]

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 […]