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Innovative Public-Private Partnerships Help to Address First Responder Protective Equipment Challenges During COVID-19 Pandemic

A police officer in uniform with a protective face mask. First Responder Protective Equipment Challenges During COVID-19 Pandemic Police, fire and emergency medical services (EMS) personnel are continuing to face shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE) due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. However, many organizations and individuals are coming together to rapidly develop innovative solutions to address the shortage of PPE. These partnerships include Federal, state and local government agencies; the network of National Laboratories; academia; the innovation community; industry; the public; and others.

To assist in the rapid development of innovative PPE designs and subsequent production and manufacturing, we are providing links to authoritative sources of information to help increase the flow of this vital equipment to those on the front lines. These resources include links to information on existing public-private partnerships, open-source designs and data, 3-D printing and materials instructions, guidelines and other information.


COVID-19 cell icon The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate is sharing information about these resources to help to stimulate design and development of urgently needed PPE. DHS has not conducted test and evaluation on the PPE identified in these resources and is not attesting to the quality, safety and performance of PPE information that is presented nor does DHS endorse the PPE identified in the links below. The FDA, CDC and National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health are suggested resources to find additional information on health and safety issues and standards, testing and performance requirements regarding PPE. 

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is taking the lead on increasing the availability of personal protective equipment as part of a whole of nation approach.

Advanced Manufacturing Technology/3-D Printing 

 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)/Decontamination


Last Updated: 03/18/2024
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