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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.

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.

Ambulance Operations Best Practice

The emergency medical services (EMS) community faces many challenges in providing patient care while maintaining the safety of their patients and themselves. One factor that influences patient care and safety is the ability of the EMS provider operating the ambulance to quickly but safely maneuver to the site of the medical emergency and subsequently transport the patient(s) to the hospital. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Emergency Medical Services Community identified a need to research best practices for ambulance operators and identify safety gaps. This research report coincides with the DHS Science and Technology Directorate’s partnership with the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, BMT Designers and Planners (D&P), and Carlow International’s project to develop ambulance safety and design standards and recommendations. The project provides design guidance for ambulance patient compartments for crash-worthiness, patient safety and comfort, and EMS provider safety and performance. This research report summarizes the efforts of this team to identify best practices and considerations for use and consideration by the EMS community.

S&T Ambulance Patient Guidebook

The Ambulance Patient Compartment Human Factors Design Guidebook is the result of a multiyear effort on the part of the DHS S&T.

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Learn how HSIN supports the mission of Emergency Services professionals across the country by providing a secure place to communicate during critical situations.

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