In light of the increased focus on the increasing proliferation of fire as a threat to community safety and security, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas today announced the appointment of Los Angeles Fire Department Chief Kristin M. Crowley to the Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC). A 22-year veteran of the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD), Crowley is the first woman and the first LGBTQ Fire Chief to lead the LAFD. She will be sworn in at the HSAC’s next meeting on September 14, 2023.
Secretary Mayorkas delivered the following remarks at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial at the National Emergency Training Center in Emmitsburg, Maryland.
The Wildland Firefighter Respirator Device (WFRD) is a powered air-purifying respirator (PAPR) that is designed to provide protection against both gas and particulate respiratory hazards, and withstand the extreme environmental conditions associated with wildland firefighting operations. The DHS Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) and TDA Research, Inc. funded and managed the development of the WFRD prototype in a chest-mounted version and a hip-mounted version. The WFRD is intended to be lightweight and low-profile for long duty shifts, and easy to use in remote locations.
DHS S&T released a RFI seeking effective respiratory protection for wildland firefighters to be considered for inclusion in a market survey being conducted by S&T’s NUSTL in collaboration with the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
S&T CSAC developed a new cyanide detection test method, both affordable and efficient, to test fire survivors for toxic cyanide exposure at the scene.
DHS S&T this week announced the selection of two industry partners to move forward with the next test and evaluation phase of S&T’s Wildland Fire Sensor Research Program.