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2/22/2018

Emergency services for Auburn and Cayuga County, N.Y., are discussing plans to consolidate into one facility, which would be smaller than an earlier proposal. The Auburn Fire Department is moving to a new facility, and the city and county are discussing relocating the Emergency Management Office and E9-1-1 office to the location.

2/22/2018

An audit has found the Essex County Regional 9-1-1 Center in Massachusetts has significant organizational and budget problems, including a "lack of trust" among its participants. Officials should clarify roles in the center as a first step to addressing the issues, the audit suggests.

2/22/2018

Police officers in Washington Township, N.J., received role-playing training in de-escalation and non-lethal force to better handle tense situations and get them under control while avoiding the use of weapons if possible. This type of training was a recommendation in President Barack Obama's Task Force on 21st Century Policing.

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2/22/2018

FirstNet CEO Michael Poth said the fragmented communications capabilities of the nation's more than 60,000 public service agencies must be interconnected for FirstNet to reach its full value. He asked media and telecom organizations to collaborate to solve integration problems.

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2/22/2018

Researchers at Florida State University are studying firefighting suits to determine how to offer the best burn protection while reducing the risk of heat stroke, which has increased as insulation has been added to protect firefighters from burns.

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2/21/2018

Record levels of fine particulate matter in the air that exceed safe measurements have prompted officials in Paris to call on drivers to reduce their speed or avoid the capital area altogether. Authorities are also asking residents to use indoor heating sparingly and avoid lighting wood or waste fires.

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2/21/2018

The National Recreation and Park Association conducted a survey on how parks departments develop programs and provide resources to ensure inclusivity. Nearly 3 in 4 departments develop programming for those with a physical disability, but only 30% provide programming specifically for the LGBTQ community.

2/21/2018

A community meeting revealed resident concerns about the potential long-term closure of much of Washington Square in San Francisco for a playground renovation and a to-be-approved second phase of construction. "Our goal is to work with the community on how to best mitigate any inconvenience that the construction may cause," said Connie Chan, a city Recreation and Parks spokeswoman.

2/21/2018

To get residents involved in sharing ideas for parks improvements and needs, Glasgow Parks & Recreation in Kentucky held an open house during which each participant received fake money to place in slotted boxes representing improvements they wanted to see. The consulting firm hired by the city to develop a master plan has also created an online survey.

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2/21/2018

Signs warning people not to jump from cliffs at Ka Lae, or South Point, in Hawaii are frequently ignored as people seek to replicate social media posts, officials say.