Police officers, firefighters, paramedics and other emergency response personnel use tactical eyewear to protect their eyes when working in the field. Common hazards that responders use tactical spectacles and goggles to protect against include shrapnel, blunt objects, chemicals, and blood and other biohazards. Included report: focus group report.
Search and Rescue
At the beginning of the year, I spoke about S&T’s New Year’s Resolutions, particularly the implementation of CHAMPS.
Join S&T’s Dr. Angela Ervin and dbs Productions’ Bob Koester on January 25 at 2 p.m. ET for a Facebook Live Tech Talk on the Lost Person Locator suite of search and rescue resources.
U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Commandant Admiral Paul Zukunft addresses the unique blend of authorities, capabilities, capacities, and partnerships that position the Coast Guard well for success during maritime search and rescue events and natural disasters.
U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Atlantic Area Commander Vice Admiral Karl Schultz addresses the role of the Federal Government and the Coast Guard’s response to the 2017 hurricanes.
Life safety ropes are used to enable human rescue from areas of limited or perilous access. These ropes are used by responders to access steep, vertical, and near vertical terrain; ascend or descend from multi-story buildings; and conduct search, rescue, and recovery in maritime environments. Included reports: highlight, focus group report, and market survey report.
A U.S. Coast Guard small boat crew assisted in rescuing a 29-year-old man who survived a two month ordeal at sea. Initially rescued by merchant mariners in the Southeastern Pacific Ocean, the man was cared for by these brave Coasties who coordinated his medical care, transportation, and escort to his arrival in Honolulu.
Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Office of Training and Workforce Engagement Deputy Assistant Administrator Kimberly Hutchinson, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Training & Development Canine Program Director Damien Montes address the canine training programs at TSA and CBP and the ability of canine teams to provide reliable and mobile detection capabilities while also serving as a visible deterrent against criminal and terrorist threats.
When someone goes missing, the first few minutes and hours of the search are critical. A key to the success of search and rescue (SAR) teams is an aggressive, well-planned initial response. However, many times, first responders on scene in a missing person search don’t have the extensive training and development of initial search plans that specialized SAR teams have.
The Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate (S&T), in partnership with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory will demonstrate the latest prototype of the Finding Individuals for Disaster and Emergency Response (FINDER)—a radar technology device designed to detect heartbeats of victims trapped in wreckage. FINDER has previously demonstrated capabilities of locating people buried under up to 30 feet of crushed materials, hidden behind 20 feet of solid concrete, and from a distant of 100 feet in open spaces.