Health & Safety

Drones in Fire Departments: The Step-by-Step Process to Create a Drone Program

Given the size of the city of L.A., the potential bureaucratic hurdles required to actually launch something so new were significant. In this article, we’ll share the step-by-step process that was followed for the LAFD’s drone program approval to be expedited, so that the department could have UAVs at their disposal to help with the …

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Crisis Intervention by Social Workers for Fire Departments

Originally, social workers were developed in these fire departments to address the needs of firefighters themselves. However, their functions have expanded to address the needs of customers served by the fire department, both at the scene and during the postintervention period. Using principles of crisis intervention and trauma theory, social workers and social work students …

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Cold Nose, Warm Paws: Therapy Dogs Help Firefighters With Stressful Calls

First responders see and experience hundreds of traumatic situations during a career, which can have a lasting impact. To help crews with processing some of those tough calls, West Metro has added two new “family members” – certified therapy dogs. At West Metro Station 1, Captain, a 2-year-old Goldendoodle, has earned his place with the …

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