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First Responders

Stories that highlight or include the work of professionals that are first to respond to emergency situations. Includes law enforcement, firefighters, paramedics and emergency medical technicians (EMTs).

Versaterm CEO Warren Loomis, fresh off a new acquisition, talks about building a public safety ecosystem and why specific tools are not always enough. Versaterm is among the most active acquirers in gov tech.
A nine-session series on how businesses can effectively mitigate, respond to and recover from an active shooter or other mass casualty event could make a big difference in an emergency.
The move underscores the growth of cooperative contracting in gov tech and the spread of weapon detection technology across the U.S. Cooperative contracting is meant to speed up the traditional buying process.
In Whitfield County, 911 callers using smartphones now have the option to livestream video or send multimedia information like photographs to dispatchers at the county's 911 center.
Supplying technology to emergency responders is a booming business, and Versaterm is among the most active firms when it comes to acquisitions. CI sells technology for internal affairs, wellness and other areas.
So-called “TASER drones” have been proposed as one way to secure schools. An interview with the CEO of public safety tech vendor Axon illustrates how the situation is more complicated than deploying armed robots.
The San Antonio-based startup company Darkhive last year won $1 million in pre-seed funding as it shopped around small, 3D-printed drones.
The deal with Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe marks the latest signal of interest in the gov tech market by private equity. ImageTrend sells software to public safety and health organizations.
Convey911, founded last year, pulled in an investment round led by a former CEO of Lexipol. The company provides both human and machine translation for 911 and other dispatch-type public services.
The company has raised $87 million since its founding in 2013. Its technology helps emergency dispatch centers get a better fix on calls — and helps power the new 988 suicide prevention hotline.