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mass chaos. The city’s department of health will have enough medicine to treat people, but the department said it needs more than 2,000 extra volunteers to give out medicine. As of now the department has about 450 volunteers. At that rate people will be waiting for a long time to get medicine they need. Hospitals will be the first place to fill up if a bioterrorism attack or pandemic flu outbreak happens. That is why the city’s health department needs volunteers to run its 29 emergency clinics out of local schools. Right now they can only open about three. Source: http://www.kfoxtv.com/news/14981114/detail.html

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    January 7, Daily News – (New York) FDNY quicker to respond for 3rd year. The Fire Department of New York’s emergency response time has dropped for the third consecutive year -- even as firefighters responded to a record number of calls in 2007, officials said Sunday. It took FDNY units an average of 4 minutes and 49 seconds to reach burning buildings and medical emergencies last year, department brass said. This was as firefighters raced to an all time high 490,767 calls in 2007 -- up 1.2 percent from 484,954 in 2006, officials said. The average response time in 2006 was 4 minutes 54 seconds, down from 5minutes 9 seconds in 2005. The fire commissioner said there was an even bigger drop -- 20 seconds -- in the average response time to the most serious medical emergencies, thanks to new GPS technology in all ambulances in the 911-call system. “With the addition of more advanced training and state-of-the-art equipment in 2007, we have ensured our firefighters and EMS members are better prepared to respond to any crisis, anytime, anywhere,” he said. Still, union leaders said the response time to building fires was slower than it was in 2003, when New York City’s mayor shut down six engine companies. “It’s not all sunshine and roses,” said a researcher for the Uniformed Fire Officers Association. The response time to structural fires in 2002 was 4 minutes, 13 seconds, he and FDNY officials said. Last year, it was 14 seconds slower - 4 minutes, 27 seconds. “We’re still much slower to fires,” he said. Source: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/2008/01/07/2008-01- 07_fdny_quicker_to_respond_for_3rd_year-2.html

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    January 7, Courier-Journal – (Kentucky) Radio system faces final step. Metro Louisville is about to take its final step in developing a $70 million digital communications system meant to bring all its emergency responders under one umbrella. Construction of three towers, ranging in height from 200 to 500 feet, will begin in April. By summer 2009, MetroSafe’s radio system will allow unlimited communication channels for police, firefighters, paramedics, and nonemergency metro government employees. Better communication can help police catch criminals, keep

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