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First Responder Commercialized Technologies

S&T works with first responders to identify their technology needs and capability gaps. S&T then works with research and development organizations, academia, industry, and the innovation community to create solutions. The following technologies were all imagined and field-tested by first responders across the country that are now available for agencies to procure.

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Digital Encoder

Encoding device securely transmits compressed high definition video and audio streams to remote locations.

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Electronic Recovery and Access to Data (ERAD) Prepaid Card Reader

The ERAD Prepaid Card Reader is a small, handheld device that wirelessly allows law enforcement officers in the field to identify and check the balance of suspicious cards, and to put a temporary hold on the linked funds until a full investigation can be completed.

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FireGround Compass

The FireGround Compass® provides firefighters operating in dark, smoky, disorienting environments with a tool that will help them keep their directional bearings and always know their entry and exit points. It was also developed to be easily manipulated while wearing thick firefighting gloves.

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First Responder Support Tools (FiRST) App

FiRST app is a simple yet powerful bomb response tool that puts key decision-making data—such as safe standoff distances, damage and injury contours, nearby areas of concern, and suggested roadblocks—directly at responders’ fingertips.

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Flex-Tuff HS (formerly Improved Structure Firefighting Glove)

New structure glove provides the full range of protection firefighters need with enhanced dexterity, water repellency and fire resistance.

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Low Light Internet-Protocol Camera

This surveillance camera is easy to conceal and provides optimal high-resolution video footage in a variety of lighting conditions, especially in very low light. The camera transmits real-time data over internet protocol to locations where law enforcement can discretely monitor footage.

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Mechanical Shooter

Developed via the Small Business Innovation Research Program in partnership with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office of Firearms and Tactical Programs, the Mechanical Shooter mimics exact movements of a human shooting a handgun in order to reduce injuries and prevent strain from repetitive firing during firearm testing.

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NEON-P System

NEON-P® leverages existing time-of-flight tracking to allow first responders to quickly hone in on a colleague in distress.

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Radio Internet-Protocol Communications Module (RIC-M)

This is a P25-compatible, after-market technology solution that allows agencies to easily upgrade and reconfigure legacy systems at a low cost. RIC-M allows many older base station systems to be used for another 10 to 20 years.

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REDZONE Contaminant Control Package

Chronic exposure to toxic combustion products and particulate matter found in the fireground environment are believed to contribute significantly to higher firefighter cancer rates. To combat this, S&T collaborated with North Carolina State University’s Textile Protection and Comfort Center and LION First Responder PPE, Inc. to develop a structural turnout ensemble with enhanced infiltration protection at ensemble interfaces—preventing smoke and particulates from reaching the firefighters’ skin and protecting them from hazardous vapors and materials.

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Semi-Autonomous Pipe Bomb End Cap Remover (SAPBER)

SAPBER removes end caps and collects video and physical evidence from pipe bombs while keeping operators at a safe standoff distance.

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S&T formed an Integrated Project Team (IPT) and initiated the WUI Fire Operational Requirements and Technology Capability Analysis Project. Over the course of the project, the IPT identified areas of innovation in wildland fire incident relating to wildland fire preparedness and mitigation and enhanced wildland fire suppression practices, including resistant infrastructure planning, building materials, and building codes.

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ViSi Mobile® System

The ViSi Mobile® System monitors vital signs without connecting wired sensors from the patient to other equipment.

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Wildland Firefighter Advanced Personal Protective System (WLFF APPS)

National Fire Protection Association-certified suite of personal protective equipment, WLFF APPS reduces wildland firefighter heat stress injuries. The garment system improves radiant thermal protection and has increased form, fit, and function.

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Last Updated: 02/02/2022
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