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Lets remember first responders run towards danger

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I want to start this technical piece the same way I started my wander project. My wife and I are taking a 3-day break from Technology starting the end of the day today. I will not be on Virily from Thursday – Saturday. This is the first long break I’ve taken in more than five years from my blog. Time away is often something that helps us refocus!

The interesting reality of first responders globally is one that interests me in both my personal and my professional life. The first thing that interests me is the reality of subways. If you ride a subway, you will notice that at times you will lose cellular signal. The same is true for radios. Or what is in the first responder world called an LMR (Land Mobile Radio). You can connect, and LMR to a Cellular device (using a gateway solution like Multi-link) that lets the cell phone and the LMR interoperate. Most cities that have underground tunnels for subways have dead spots. The dead spots are bad if there is a fire in that tunnel. First, the people responding are underground and unable to communicate without either LMR or cellular signal.

It is an interesting problem that most of the telecommunications companies are working on. I often ride the Washington DC Metro from my house to downtown DC. 8 years ago when I first did that, there was at least ½ if not more than 1/2 the route that was a dead spot. Now it is only the area between the larger stations that has dead spots. The cellular providers have continued to improve the signal below the ground. That is important to help first responders effectively respond to fires in subway tunnels and subway cars. It is also important in the event of collisions or accidents where the firest responders have to enter the tunnel and find and rescue people. Being able to communicate can save a life.

There are other things that the new reality is bringing to the reality of the first responder job. The reality of body cams for police officers globally is increasing. More and more departments have officers wear body cams. There has also been recently a push to have firefighters wear body cams. While drones can fly over a fire, and see where the hot spots are, the actual inside of the building is critical. All of these things are part of the reality of the modern world. We have to make sure we protect people, animals and other creatures on our planet. Next time you walk by an officer of the law, or a firefighter, thank them for running towards danger. Most of us are taught to run away from danger. First responders run towards danger.

  • Question /

    The more we help first responders the better things will be, right?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question /

    The hardest thing to do is run towards danger, right?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question /

    Never forget those who serve, ok?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question /

    Are you going to miss my posts for the next 3 days?

    • Yes
    • No

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  1. Yes, I will miss you. However, it has been that my life has been so busy I could not spend as much time on the computer either, with one thing or another …life happens..
    Have a good break

    Yes we have a major fire in Auckland by the Sky tower and it is taking ages to put out

    I know that many fire fighters also get throat cancer after many years of serving and they need extra protective clothing

  2. Was it ungracious of me to vote No to question 4? Don’t take it the wrong way – I would have said No whoever had asked the question, and I would have expected the same response if I had asked the question myself!

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