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News story: Defence People Innovation Challenge Launch Event

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first_imgIf you have any queries on how to enter this competition, please email the DASA inbox accelerator@dstl.gov.uk. The competition closes at midday on Wednesday 16 May 2018. The Defence People Innovation Challenge officially launched on the 27 March 2018 at a Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) launch event in London.Suppliers were invited to attend the event and submit ideas which are focused on the five sub-challenges; Recruitment, Skills and Training, Retention, Motivation and Rehabilitation, as outlined in the competition summary document.View the Morning presentation slides (PDF, 2.49MB, 67 pages).View the Afternoon presentation slides (PDF, 2.83MB, 52 pages).People are central to Defence. We employ 195,520 full time military and civilians and 32,240 Part Time Reserves (as at 1 January 2018). We rely on the skills, commitment and professionalism of our people and place heavy demands on them. Recruiting, training and retaining the right mix of capable and motivated people is essential to success both on operations and at home.Spending on People accounted for around 30% out of £36 billion Defence spending in 2016-17. Defence must continually keep its costs and activities under review to ensure that the best result is achieved with the resources available. This includes exploring all opportunities to consider how to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of our people and the supporting processes, behaviours and cultures.The Defence People Innovation Challenge is intended to pull through innovative thinking from the private sector to help both address the challenges and consider how to integrate and exploit the benefits within current Defence structures.Up to £3 million is available for this challenge in the first year with further funding available in future years.last_img read more

Seniors add new tool to the lifesaving arsenal with Smart911

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first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena, Mich. — Carbon monoxide and smoke detectors, fire alarms, and escape plans are all important tools in keeping yourself as well as friends and family safe.On Thursday, seniors got a refresher on some important safety tips and information. Alpena City Fire Department community risk reduction officer Andy Marceau and 911 director Burt Francisco presented lifesaving tips, so that seniors can be ready, should an emergency arise. Both provided a few useful tools for seniors to protect themselves with. Two of those were carbon monoxide and smoke detectors that seniors can get help with installation by contacting the senior center.The other was a smart 911 app, where you can preload information like photographs, allergies, and other important notes about where you live and who lives there. This helps first responders have a better understanding when responding to a situation. They can look at the information, so they can anticipate an emergency instead of going in with little or no details.“When you call 911, it’s a very chaotic situation, and there is a lot of emotion, and they may not recall everything that they need to tell a dispatcher or emergency responder,” said Francisco. “During a time, a non-emergency time, they can go in and enter their information, which will expedite and make the 911 call more efficient to process with dispatcher.”Smart 911 is free and available in the app form or via website for all Michiganders. It can be extremely helpful in nonverbal communications as well. The technology is four years old and was introduced two years ago. It has seen a large increase in enrollment over the past year. You can fill in your information by visiting the website www.smart911.com.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Alpena City Fire Department, Alpena County 911, Alpena Senior Citizens Center, Carbon Monoxide Detectors, Fire Alarms, First Responders, MICHIGAN, Seniors, Smart 911, Smoke DetectorsContinue ReadingPrevious Woman saves her dog before flames takeover carNext Laugh for a good cause in Oscoda this weekendlast_img read more