For Immediate Release
DHS Science & Technology Press Office
Contact: John Verrico, (202) 254-2385
LAS VEGAS – On March 23, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T), will host a Facebook Town Hall with first responders nationwide to discuss the technologies necessary to better protect and connect the Next Generation First Responder. The Facebook town hall will be held online 11:00-11:30 p.m. PDT, but the conversation won’t stop when we sign off. At 3:00 p.m. PDT, our panel will take the stage at the International Wireless Communications Expo in Las Vegas, to continue the conversation. Those are not attending the Expo can follow along at @dhsscitech on Twitter and participate using the hashtag #AskNGFR.
S&T’s Next Generation First Responder program works to leverage new technology that better protects and connects our nation’s first responders, maximizing their awareness and safety.
Wednesday, March 23
11:00 AM PDT S&T Next Generation First Responder program manager John Merrill will lead a Facebook Town Hall.
Panelists include: Dion Rodriguez, communication chief for the 314th Combat Sustainment Support
Battalion in Las Vegas; Howard Shelton, assistant chief of operations for the Nellis-Creech Fire and
Emergency Services Flight at Nellis Air Force Base; Jack Hanagriff, Director of the Houston Regional
Risk and Critical Infrastructure Protection Program; Kyle Lemmon, Clark County Fire Department;
Adam Miller, Huntingdon County (Pennsylvania) deputy sheriff ; and Ashanti Gray, Las Vegas
Fire Department Communications Training Officer.
Access the event through the S&T Facebook Event page.
The Town Hall discussion will be continued in person at the International Wireless Communications Expo in Las Vegas at 3:00 p.m. PDT.