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.
New ATSC 3.0 digital paging system will leverage public broadcasting to improve state and local emergency communications capabilities.
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.
S&T recently field tested a respirator designed to protect wildland firefighters from the smoke, ash, and toxic gases they face as they fight fires.
The operational use of S&T's TAK technology continues to grow, as a new iOS version is now available as a free download on Apple’s App Store.
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.