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Posted: Mar 20, 2020

Hacker holds South Carolina fire department servers hostage, as authorities investigate

“If you see this message — this means your files are now encrypted and are in a non-working state!” That note was discovered on the Bluffton Township Fire District’s computer servers on Sunday, which were rendered inoperable by a hacker, according to a report from the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office.
- PUB DATE: 3/20/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Island Packet
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Posted: Mar 20, 2020

TV shows are donating supplies to local hospitals, fire departments amid coronavirus pandemic

Fox's "The Resident" is doing its part to protect the residents -- and other health care workers -- at an Atlanta-area hospital amid the spread coronavirus. Dr. Karen L. Law, who is the program director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Emory University, posted a photo to Instagram on Wednesday showing off a donation of masks, gowns and other supplies made by the team behind the medical drama.
- PUB DATE: 3/20/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CNN
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Posted: Mar 20, 2020

Fire department in Washington state shifting operations as it deals with quarantines of firefighters

More than 30 members of the Spokane Fire Department are in self-quarantine in an attempt to stop the spread of sickness amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The firefighters – representing about 10% of the department –were exposed to patients who had symptoms similar to COVID-19. As of Thursday morning, none of them had received a positive test for the novel coronavirus – though one firefighter is in the hospital.
- PUB DATE: 3/20/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Spokesman-Review
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Posted: Mar 20, 2020

IAFC to Congress: Include T-Band Mandate Repeal in COVID-19 Stimulus Package

The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and other public safety and related industry organizations wrote to congressional leaders urging action on repealing the T-Band auction mandate on the nation’s largest municipalities as part of any coronavirus emergency stimulus spending package. Read letter (PDF) “We write to strongly urge you to include language that would repeal Section 6103 in Title VI of P.
- PUB DATE: 3/20/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE:
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Posted: Mar 19, 2020

First responders, Congress unite in call to preserve T-Band for public safety use

Legislation that would prevent the T-Band spectrum – a public safety radio network intended to ease communication among first responders in 11 metropolitan areas – from being auctioned to other users has garnered support from International Association of Fire Chiefs President and Board Chair Gary Ludwig and International Association of Fire Fighters General President Harold Schaitberger.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Safety+Health Magazine
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