Entries by Tim Karney

COVID-19 Forces California Nursing Home Evacuation

According to an article by Cheri Mossburg of CNN, the Magnolia Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center in Riverside, California was evacuated after the staff didn’t show up for work. The nursing home had been hit hard by the coronavirus with at least 34 of 84 patients and five staff members testing positive. This is not […]

Save a HazMat Team. Send a Drone.

Every minute in a hot zone puts your operators’ lives at risk. But whenever a HazMat incident occurs, the cause of the problem must be found and the threat neutralized.  Up to now, the only way to find the problem was to don PPE and enter the hot zone. But increasingly, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) or […]

American Firefighters in Australia Face Unique Challenges

Over 170 American firefighters have been deployed in Australia to assist in combating the country’s worst fire season. In addition to the unfamiliar vegetation, dangerous wildlife, and searing heat; these crews are finding that the enormous scale of these fires, and the vast distances covered, complicate sustained operations. Operating half a world away from home […]

America Has Two Drug Epidemics

While fentanyl and other synthetic opioids are getting massive amounts of attention from policy makers, law enforcement, and the public; methamphetamine use is surging in parts of the U.S., particularly the West. As reported by April Dembrosky of KQED, “Across the country, overdose deaths involving meth more than quadrupled from 2011 to 2017. Admissions to treatment facilities […]

At Least 1,680 Dams Across the US Pose Potential Risk

  There are more than 90,000 dams in the United States. On average, the nation’s dams are over 50 years old. “A more than two-year investigation has found scores of dams nationwide in even worse condition, and in equally dangerous locations. They loom over homes, businesses, highways or entire communities that could face life-threatening floods […]

11 Treated After Chemical Reaction Causes Problem at Plant in Montgomery, Alabama.

A chemical reaction occurred in a production facility in Montgomery Alabama, causing the building to be evacuated. Montgomery Fire and Rescue treated 11 patients, with 3 being transported to local hospitals for conditions that are considered non-life-threatening. Montgomery Fire and Rescue Special Ops (HazMat) processed the chemical situation. Toxic industrial chemical (TICs) incidents are among the most frequent […]

Drug Dealer Throws Fentanyl at Police

Alleged Drug Dealer Throws Loose Fentanyl Powder at Police An alleged drug dealer tossed a handful of deadly fentanyl powder at officers investigating a Bronx drug packaging mill. As originally reported by Rebecca Rosenburg in the New York Post, members of the New York Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Strike Force burst into an apartment with a […]

Is Evacuation of Vulnerable Citizens Our Achilles Heel?

California Post-Fire Audit Shares Important Lessons The recent devastating wildfires in California have created a greater awareness of the problem of evacuating vulnerable individuals during fast-changing disaster situations. A new report from the Auditor of the State of California examined some of the factors that hampered county and state emergency managers in evacuating access and functional needs individuals. […]

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 […]