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S&T NGFR Future of First Response Videos

The Next Generation First Responder (NGFR) Apex Program is a five-year program that began in January 2015 but is part of a longer-term Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) commitment to envision and assist the responder of the future. NGFR continually collaborates with first responders across the nation on various projects -- from developing program requirements to testing prototypes of technology. These cutting-edge technologies will improve emergency response time and accelerate decision-making to save more lives.

S&T PACER App Suite Fact Sheet

When disasters and flu outbreaks strike communities, hospitals; emergency responders; and other city, state, and federal response agencies need to know what resources are available to accommodate a potentially large influx of injured or ill patients. Until now, emergency planners have lacked reliable tools to help them manage their resources for specific disasters or disease outbreaks.

Emergency Services Sector – Continuity Planning Suite

The Emergency Services Sector – Continuity Planning Suite (ESS-CPS) provides a centralized collection of existing guidance, processes, products, tools, and best practices to support the development and maturation of continuity planning for the first responder community. ESS-CPS was created through a partnership of the Emergency Services Sector-Specific Agency (SSA) and Sector Coordinating Council (SCC). First responders can use the ESS-CPS as it suits their organization to evaluate and improve their continuity capability and enhance their preparedness for emergencies

Emergency Services Sector

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, as the Emergency Services Sector-Specific Agency (ES SSA), has compiled this data to present a picture of the Emergency Services Sector (ESS) as a whole and open an avenue to greater federal and sector partner coordination regarding emergency services discipline definitions; national census and data collection methods; and community awareness of capabilities, dependencies, and interdependencies.

Alert Notification Systems

Alert notification systems allow for real-time dissemination of information and intelligence via equipment such as cellular phones, pagers, personal digital assistants, computers, etc. Their primary function is to quickly alert responders to potential threats or emergency situations and to provide direction on how to respond to alerts. Included reports: highlight, technote, and technology guide.


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