Thomas Chirhart, Program Manager
Multi-Band Radio, S&T, Washington, DC
As the Program Manager for the Science and Technology Directorate’s (S&T) development of multi-band radio, Thomas Chirhart has helped to change the way first responders communicate during disasters.
Through close partnerships with the first responder community and industry, Chirhart is managing the development of the multi-band radio (MBR) – a hand-held radio that allows first responders to communicate with partner agencies across jurisdictional lines, regardless of the radio band on which they operate.
Using the MBR, responders will be able to communicate with other agencies more easily and more quickly –resulting in more rapid responses and faster access to additional support when necessary, which has the potential to save lives and protect property.
S&T is currently testing and evaluating MBR technology through demonstrations and pilots nationwide that will allow agencies to evaluate the MBR against their needs. Chirhart recently conducted pilots of the radios in Phoenix, New Orleans, Miami, and Chicago. He has worked with the Department since 2004.
S&T improves homeland security by working with partners to provide state-of-the-art technology and solutions that help them achieve their missions. S&T partners and customers include the operating components of the Department as well as state, local, tribal and territorial emergency responders and officials.