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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).

Authorities, fearing the effect of additional rain on hillsides and creek beds already saturated by a massive storm earlier this month, issued flash flood warnings for a swath of Los Angeles.
The Virginia Office of the AG wants to use the intelligence gleaned from a study, and technology funded through criminal forfeitures and seizures, to make understaffed police agencies more efficient and effective.
As weather and site conditions permit, convoys to allow trapped residents to travel through will resume. Previously scheduled twice-daily convoys from Saturday through Feb. 22 have been canceled due to the expected storms.
The new machine learning method can produce in 21 hours what existing wildfire prediction models do in months and forecast where fires are likely to strike weeks further in advance.
The continual maintenance of roadways, culverts, and dams, as well as the enforcement of building and floodplain management codes, are some of the public safety measures included in Warren County's Hazard Mitigation Plan.

In the eight Southern California counties that were under a state of emergency during the recent storm, only 52,820 homes and businesses were covered by flood policies, according to the National Flood Insurance Program.
The new law empowers school boards to issue bonds to make repairs after a natural disaster without having to follow the usual procedures that require approval from voters in the school district.
Michigan will become the 21st state to enact what is more commonly known as "red flag" laws. Under this change, Michiganders will be able to seek temporary removal of firearms from at-risk individuals.
A rescue helicopter spotted the hiker shortly after 4:30 p.m. and lowered a rescuer to him. The rescuer guided the hiker to an area to be airlifted, and he was safely flown to Waiau District Park, according to rescuers.
A system designed to amplify classroom audio can now be equipped with safety buttons that provide teachers with a one-touch ability to notify office personnel if something is amiss.