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2015 State Homeland Security Program Public Safety Stakeholder’s Grant Workshops

Individual Member Bo Keeney, May 22

Dear Homeland Security Partner:

You are invited to participate in the 2015 State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) Public Safety Stakeholder’s Grant Workshops. These workshops will be held statewide from May 27-June 5, 2015 (seven regional meetings). The importance of these workshops is to promote coordination across the various disciplines and entities that are eligible to apply for SHSP funds.

Each ... (Full Story)

Virginia First Responders Receive EMS Award

Individual Member Bo Keeney, May 19

May 18—FROM STAFF REPORTS—Colonial Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad and AirCare Medevac, a service of PHI Air Medical, have jointly received the American Heart Association's Mission: Lifeline EMS Bronze Award for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks, a news release states.

"EMTs and paramedics play a vital part in the system of care ... (Full Story)

With governor opposition, uranium movement shifts

Individual Member Bo Keeney, May 18

With political opposition from Gov. Terry McAuliffe, it is a time of shifting priorities for the Coles Hill uranium mining project in Pittsylvania County, according to project manager Patrick Wales.

“It’s been pretty clear that at least at the current time, the governor is not interested in entertaining any current legislation,” Wales said.

The proposed project would build and operate mining ... (Full Story)

Moran Discusses Sexual Assault Policies

Individual Member Bo Keeney, May 14

Several college students got the chance Wednesday afternoon to get some answers about new sexual assault policies on campuses.

They had a live video chat, organized by Virginia21, with the Virginia Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran. Moran is leading Governor Terry McAuliffe's task force that is looking into sexual violence at colleges.

Earlier this year, the Virginia ... (Full Story)

When hurricanes form, these guys head for the eye

Individual Member Bo Keeney, May 06

David Pirie is a technical sergeant in the U.S. Air Force, but he has a much cooler title: dropmaster.

He's part of the crew of a "Hurricane Hunter," one of the snub-nose C-130 cargo planes the Air Force has retrofitted to fly into storms to gather data.

The thing Pirie drops out the belly of the massive plane is tiny - about the size of a mailing tube. The orange parachute that hangs off it looks ... (Full Story)


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