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Next Generation First Responder (NGFR) Apex Program

Next Generation First Responder (NGFR) Apex Program

The Next Generation First Responder (NGFR) Apex Program works with first responders across the country to ensure the technology they use while responding to an emergency keeps them better protected, connected and fully aware.

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Participate in Our Current Projects

  • Integration Demonstrations
    Through Integration Demonstrations, we have integrated DHS-developed technology with technologies that are commercially available for first responders, creating a standards-based “plug‑and‑play” environment.
  • Next Generation First Responder Integration Handbook
    We have collaborated with first responders, public safety agencies and industry to provide recommendations on the design and development of interoperable first responder technologies.


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About NGFR

The Next Generation First Responder (NGFR) Apex Program is a five-year program that began in January 2015 but is part of a longer-term Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) commitment to envision and assist the responder of the future. NGFR continually collaborates with first responders across the nation on various projects -- from developing program requirements to testing prototypes of technology. These cutting-edge technologies will improve emergency response time and accelerate decision-making to save more lives.

NGFR is comprised of more than 40 research and development projects geared towards making responders better protected, connected and fully aware. NGFR will incrementally deliver these capabilities over the program cycle and will continue to partner with first responders to test and evaluate technologies before they are available on the market.


Fact Sheets and Videos

For other S&T fact sheets and videos, visit the First Responders Fact Sheets and First Responder Videos pages.


For other S&T publications, visit the First Responder Publications page.

For knowledge products developed from specific NGFR Integration Demonstrations, including after action reports, case studies, how-to guides or playbooks, see the NGFR Integration Demonstrations page.

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