First Responder Videos

First Responder Videos

A collection of First Responder videos.

Featured Video
When a hurricane threatens, emergency planners need sophisticated tools to plan and execute necessary evacuations. The new Web-based HURREVAC system provides exactly what’s needed to anticipate hurricane impacts and train for and provide timely, accurate evacuations to protect lives and property.

100 Second Videos

  • Chicago LTE in 100 Seconds
    Kick-started with support from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) First Responders Group, Chicago is exploring the potential benefits these broadband-enabled technologies can bring through a Chicago LTE pilot project. The Chicago LTE pilot leverages the city’s existing investments and infrastructure to allow first responders to see what happens if they are in an urban area with high-speed, real-time access to a variety of law enforcement video information all at once over public safety broadband.

  • Datacasting in 100 Seconds
    This 100 second video outlines how DHS Science and Technology Directorate’s First Responders Group (FRG) is exploring new spectrum options for public safety use through the piloting of datacasting technology.

  • EDGE Virtual Training in 100 Seconds
    This is a 100 second video description of the Enhanced Dynamic Geo-Social Environment (EDGE) Virtual Training tool, which enables responders from different disciplines, jurisdictions, agencies, and regions of the country, to train together 24-7, without traveling or disrupting their normal routines.

  • ERAD Prepaid Card Reader in 100 Seconds
    The ERAD Prepaid Card Reader is a small, handheld device that uses wireless connectivity to allow law enforcement officers in the field to check the balance of cards. This allows for identification of suspicious prepaid cards and the ability to put a temporary hold on the linked funds until a full investigation can be completed. The project was developed by S&T’s First Responders Group.

  • Firefighter Accountability and Proximity (FFAP) in 100 Seconds
    The Firefighter Accountability and Proximity (FFAP) in 100 Seconds video describes the operational field assessment that DHS Science and Technology Directorate led with members of the Herman (PA) Volunteer Fire Company. In this video, S&T’s program manager and firefighters describe the use, application, and future commercialization of this technology that will let firefighters know where members of their team are located within 2-3 story buildings.

  • First Responder Resource Group in 100 Seconds
    Comprised of 120 active and retired first responders, the First Responder Resource Group (FRRG) is an all-volunteer working group that helps S&T maintain focus on the top-priority needs of responders in the field. The members are drawn from a broad range of disciplines and sectors and all regions of the country.

  • Lost Person Locator 100 Seconds
    S&T’s Lost Person Locator program offers search and rescue responders a suite of tools to guide efforts to quickly find missing individuals.

  • Mobile Latent Fingerprint Processing in 100 Seconds
    This 100 second video describes how the mobile latent fingerprint processing device that is being used in Stockton, California has the capability of imaging latent prints in the field for law enforcement.

  • Post Tracking System in 100 Seconds
    S&T’s Post Tracking System enables protective security officers to be tracked on post in real-time, to make sure that all of their certifications and training are up-to-date and to ensure that there is a post staffed at all times.

  • Public Safety Communications (SAFECOM) in 100 Seconds
    The Public Safety Communications (SAFECOM) governance body addresses public safety communications' interoperability issues.

  • Response and Defeat Operations Support (REDOPS) in 100 Seconds
    This 100 second video provides an overview of the Response and Defeat Operations Support (REDOPS), an integrated program to develop safer and more efficient countermeasures for bomb squads. REDOPS’ three-pronged approach combines assessing emerging technologies, expanding robotic capabilities, and upgrading existing tools and protective systems (e.g., exploring the integration of self-contained breathing apparatuses into bomb suits). REDOPS draws on expertise from all levels and regions of the improvised explosive device (IED) response community.

  • Response and Defeat Operations Support (REDOPS) Revisited in 100 Seconds
    This 100 second video gives updates about the DHS S&T REDOPS program and mentions several products the FBI and REDOPS have worked on together to help the public safety bomb squads effectively defeat IEDs.

  • Virtual Shooter in 100 Seconds
    The Virtual Shooter, since renamed “Mechanical Shooter”, mimics the movements and reactions of a human firing a gun. This technology enables researchers to learn more about the mechanics of shooting and spare ballistics testers from injury.

  • Video Quality in Public Safety (VQiPS) in 100 Seconds
    The Video Quality in Public Safety (VQiPS) initiative provides information and support to first responders so they can articulate their video quality needs and ultimately buy the best products to fit their unique needs.

  • Wireless Vital Signs in 100 Seconds
    Technology monitors vital signs without connecting wired sensors from the patient to other equipment.

Canada-U.S. Enhanced Resiliency Experiment (CAUSE)

  • CAUSE II
    This is a story of emergency managers in Maine and New Brunswick preparing to deal with disasters and some of the technologies being developed to help. They were brought together in a cross-border experiment in 2013 called the Canada U.S. Resiliency Experiment II commonly called CAUSE II.

  • CAUSE II (French)
    This video is the French version of the CAUSE II video, providing audio and caption text in French. This is a story of emergency managers in Maine and New Brunswick preparing to deal with disasters and some of the technologies being developed to help. They were brought together in a cross-border experiment in 2013 called the Canada-U.S. Resiliency Experiment II, commonly called CAUSE II.

  • CAUSE III
    This video presents an overview of the Canada-U.S. Enhanced Resiliency Experiment (CAUSE), an ongoing program in support of President Obama's and Prime Minister Harper’s Beyond the Border Action Plan. It is a series of experiments that test and evaluate technologies and processes that enable cross-border information sharing. Specific focus areas that CAUSE has explored include: coordination of local, state, provincial and national incident management and alerting systems across border; public safety broadband and deployable LTE; cross border request and acquisition of mutual aid; and using social media to enhance decision making in emergency management. The third CAUSE experiment, known as CAUSE III, took place in fall 2014.

  • CAUSE IV Introduction
    The 2016 CAUSE IV experiment between the United States and Canada was held April 26-28, 2016, at the Blue Water Bridge, the second busiest crossing between the U.S. and Canada, along the border of Michigan and Ontario. Following the successes of CAUSE III, which occurred in fall 2014, the CAUSE IV experiment aims to act as a catalyst for building relationships in support of the U.S.-Canadian Beyond the Border Action Plan. The objectives of the CAUSE series are to explore how to build a binational communications interoperability capability and to connect, test and demonstrate emerging operational technologies available between the two countries.

  • CAUSE IV Scenario 1
    The CAUSE IV Scenario 1 video focuses on maintaining interoperable communications between U.S. and Canadian hospitals and their ambulances crossing back and forth across the international border—something that has been impossible to this point because the two countries operate on different cellular systems.

  • CAUSE IV Scenario 2
    The CAUSE IV Scenario 2 video focuses on using alerts and warnings, social media, and existing public communications channels like 2-1-1 to alert the public about an impending tornado, gather information for targeting response efforts, and assessing damage quickly.

Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium (CUSEC)

Critical Infrastructure

Broad Agency Announcements

Datacasting

Enhanced Dynamic Geo-Social Environment (EDGE) Virtual Training

Expert Tracker

Expert Tracker is a set of Web Enabled training materials for the tracking/signcutting task. Content is targeted to Federal, State, and Local law enforcement agencies conducting tracking/signcutting in operations ranging from search and rescue to crime scene analysis to counter human and drug trafficking.

Finding Individuals for Disaster and Emergency Response (FINDER)

First Responder Resource Group (FRRG)

First Responder Support Tool (FiRST)

Flood Apex

HSI Child Exploitation Investigation Forensics

Improved Structure Firefighting Gloves

International Forum

Mission Ready Package (MPR)

Next Generation First Responder (NGFR)

National Preparedness Month

National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC)

National Urban Security Technology Laboratory Operational Experimentation (NUSTL OpEx)

Precision Outdoor and Indoor Navigation and Tracking for Emergency Responders (POINTER)

Project 25 Compliance Assessment Program (P25 CAP)

Radio Internet Protocol Communications Module (RIC-M)

Recovery Transformer (RecX)

This video features a demo of the Recovery Transformer (RecX) project which will enable rapid recovery and resiliency of electrical power. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) has developed a prototype RecX to enable recovery within days instead of months (or years) of disruption.

Response and Defeat Operations Support (REDOPS)

  • Response and Defeat Operations Support (REDOPS) in 100 Seconds
    This 100 second video provides an overview of the Response and Defeat Operations Support (REDOPS), an integrated program to develop safer and more efficient countermeasures for bomb squads. REDOPS’ three-pronged approach combines assessing emerging technologies, expanding robotic capabilities, and upgrading existing tools and protective systems (e.g., exploring the integration of self-contained breathing apparatuses into bomb suits). REDOPS draws on expertise from all levels and regions of the improvised explosive device (IED) response community.

  • Response and Defeat Operations Support (REDOPS) Revisited in 100 Seconds
    This 100 second video gives updates about the DHS S&T REDOPS program and mentions several products the FBI and REDOPS have worked on together to help the public safety bomb squads effectively defeat IEDs.

  • REDOPS Revisited
    This video gives updates and highlights about different tools and techniques the DHS S&T REDOPS program, in partnership with the FBI, have developed to help the public safety bomb squads effectively defeat IEDs.

Rural Volunteer Firefighters

The Rural Volunteer Firefighters video presents a glimpse of the challenges these firefighters face and invites rural volunteer fire departments across the country to contact DHS S&T with their suggestions for technologies and knowledge products that can help them do their jobs.

ScreenADAPT

ScreenADAPT, a visual search training program developed by the DHS Science and Technology Directorate in cooperation with the Transportation Security Administration, has been implemented by Portland (PDX) airport. Transportation Security Officers describe how ScreenADAPT has impacted their operations.

Smoke and Particulate Resistant Structural Turnout Ensemble

As cancer rates in the fire service rise, S&T worked with North Carolina State University and LION PPE, Inc. to design a new suite of personal protective equipment that may provide additional protection for firefighters from exposure to carcinogenic vapors and particulate matter at incident sites.

Video Quality in Public Safety (VQiPS)

The Video Quality in Public Safety (VQiPS) initiative provides information and support to first responders so they can articulate their video quality needs and ultimately buy the best products to fit their unique needs.

Virtual USA

Virtual USA was designed to provide an information pipeline between emergency management systems and allows agencies to view the most relevant and real-time information during an incident.

Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA)

  • Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) Enabled Devices
    This 30 second clip explains WEA enabled capabilities on cell phones, tablets, or other mobile devices.

  • Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) Localized Messages
    This 30 second clip explains geo-targeting of WEA messages during an impending disaster.

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