This Tech Speak mini episode lets you know exactly what the First Responder Resource Group (FRRG) is with a refresher from Paul McDonagh, former Seattle Assistant Police Chief and current S&T First Responder Portfolio Manager. You’ll discover why it’s so important to S&T innovation priorities and how it influences the research and development process. You’ll also hear directly from current FRRG members Steve Vandewalle, a helicopter rescue medic with the San Diego Fire Department; Jay Hagen, Chief of the Bellevue, Washington Fire Department; and Rodney Reed of the Harris County, Texas, Fire Marshal's Office as they share their personal perspectives and highlight the recently released Project Responder 6 Report.
First Responder Resource Group (FRRG)
Response (formerly the “Data Upload Mechanism for Sharing Floor Plans and Site Safety Data”) is a software tool that converts building floor plans into simplified digital plans that highlight safety features relevant to emergency response.
Critical data is not available to all organizations (including fire, law enforcement, and EMS) responding to an emergency because the Computer-Aided-Dispatch systems that support each agency are unable to electronically exchange information. The Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) recognizes the national need for interoperability and is providing leadership to develop a viable solution. The overarching objective is to achieve a resilient public safety CAD-to-CAD ecosystem that is efficient, interoperable, and supports multi-discipline response to regional, multistate, and national events.
This Fiscal Year (FY) 2018-2019 Annual Report summarizes completed program and project milestones, collaboration and outreach, mission services, laboratory operations and organizational successes of the National Urban Security Technology Laboratory (NUSTL).
The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (S&T)'s First Responder Resource Group (FRRG) has identified light weight, conformable power for communications equipment, sensors, and overall body-worn electronic devices as a high priority for first responders.
Rescue hoist gloves protect emergency responders’ hands during specialized helicopter hoist rescue operations. Read the results of two prototype fingerless glove designs, developed by DHS S&T, and tested by the National Urban Security Technology Laboratory.
S&T develops research-based, mission-driven resources for decision makers and frontline workers to contribute to the nation’s comprehensive COVID-19 response efforts.