First Responders

First Responders

Through the engagement of and partnership with first responders and the emergency preparedness and response community, the First Responders Group (FRG) pursues a better understanding of the response community's needs and requirements, provides technical assistance, and develops innovations to the most pressing challenges faced during day-to-day and large-scale emergencies. These efforts are occurring at every stage of technology and solution development, and are involving first responders at the local, state, tribal and federal levels.

Recent First Responder News and Announcements  

Document iconFirst Responders Group - Prioritizing the Security and Well-Being of Americans - Since 2003, the DHS Science and Technology Directorate has created powerful public-private partnerships to improve the security and well-being of America, and formed the First Responders Group (FRG) in 2010 to focus specifically on providing the Nation’s 3.3 million first responders with the tools they need to increase safety and effectiveness as well as positioning American companies to be highly competitive in the $17 billion global first responder technology marketplace.

News iconResponder News: National Professional Development Summit Seeking Fire/EMS Personnel April 19, 2017- Active fire and emergency services personnel are invited to register for the National Professional Development Summit scheduled for June 14-17, 2017 at the National Emergency Training Center in Emmitsburg, Maryland. Attendance is free.

For a complete listing of First Responder news articles visit our S&T Responder News page.

Our Mission

In close partnership with first responders at all levels, FRG identifies, validates, and facilitates the fulfillment of needs through the use of existing and emerging technologies, knowledge products, and standards. Prioritized areas of FRG focus and initiatives include:

  • Making first responders safer
  • Helping first responders share data and critical information
  • Helping first responders communicate through interoperability
  • Engaging, communicating and partnering with first responders

First Responder Publications

First Responder Communities of Practice (FRCoP)

First Responders Communities of Practice circular logo which states: Professional Networking, Collaboration, and CommunicationFirst Responder Communities of Practice is a professional networking, collaboration and communication platform created by the Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology Directorate to support improved collaboration and information sharing amongst the nation's First Responders and other Federal, State, Tribal, Territorial, and local governments and private sector stakeholders supporting homeland security efforts. This vetted community of members focuses on emergency preparedness, response, recovery and other homeland security issues.

With a FRCoP account, you can:

  • Collaborate on wikis, blogs and discussion boards
  • Find, share and store documents and best practices
  • Create and search profiles
  • Connect, chat, and email with other professionals

To request an account, complete the online form on

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Stay informed on what FRG is doing in the community by following us on social media.

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