The Glasgow, Scotland, City Council is taking action to reduce traffic congestion by placing limits on new licenses for taxis and licensed private cabs. The city says existing-license renewals will not be affected.
The City Council in Laguna Beach, Calif., says it will retain the most recently added design on the city's police cars, which includes the American flag within the word "police." Some residents raised concerns with the pattern because the letters "ice" in "police" are in red and white, which they said might appear to be the acronym for Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Be critical or give praise, but don't mix both into the same conversation, writes executive coach Mari Carmen Pizarro. "When it's necessary for leaders to provide negative feedback -- and every leader will have to at some point in their careers -- I believe they need to prioritize directness over their need to be liked," Pizarro writes.
Yellowstone County, Mont., is changing its emergency notification system from emergency sirens to an app -- CodeRED-- that transmits messages to cellphones and landlines. Citizens have expressed concern regarding the change, but public safety officials say the app-based system has better reliability and will be more budget-friendly than the sirens, which are becoming increasingly expensive to repair.
Rep. Norma Torres, D-Calif., a former 9-1-1 dispatcher, was the guest of Federal Communications Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel on the "Broadband Conversations" podcast that coincides with National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week. "Our conversation today sheds light on the stress and strain that 9-1-1 operators bear, and Congresswoman Torres discusses what steps can be taken to ensure that 9-1-1 operators are given the respect and dignity their work deserves," said Rosenworcel.
Pittsburg County, Okla., commissioners unanimously agreed Monday to send a letter of intent to the Oklahoma 9-1-1 Management Authority requesting its own 9-1-1 call center, splitting from the current location in the city of McAlester. "We think it will be a better place for our county as a whole," said commissioner Ross Selman.
Three new laws in Arkansas -- one to provide disability benefits for cancer connected to firefighting activities, another that creates a trust fund for a cancer-relief network and a measure that provides firefighters who have cancer with six months' paid leave -- are being watched by other states as possible solution models. Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson called the new measures "example[s] of good legislators hearing of challenges in their districts or in the state and addressing it."
North Carolina's Greenville Fire and Rescue participated in helicopter training with North Carolina Emergency Management and the National Guard this week to better prepare for natural disasters such as hurricanes Matthew and Florence. The department took part in a variety of real-life emergency search-and-rescue scenarios, including land searches for people with dementia and lost children.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency offers funding for nature-based resiliency efforts that can reflect hazard mitigation and disaster response, write Rowan Schmidt, Johnny Mojica and Jordan Wildish of Earth Economics. "FEMA's recent policy changes open the door for more cities, park agencies and land trusts to create parks and open spaces that not only create recreational spaces and natural areas, but also build long-term community resilience," they write.
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