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System Assessment and Validation for Emergency Responders (SAVER) Program

System Assessment and Validation for Emergency Responders (SAVER) Program

U.S Department of Homeland Security Systems Assessment and Validation for Emergency Responders (SAVER) Program LogoThe U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) established the SAVER Program to assist emergency responders making procurement decisions. Located within the DHS Science and Technology Directorate (S&T), the SAVER Program conducts objective assessments and validations on commercial equipment and systems, and provides those results along with other relevant equipment information to the emergency responder community. For more information, read the SAVER Program Fact Sheet.

The SAVER Program mission includes:

  • Conducting impartial, practitioner‑relevant, operationally oriented assessments and validations of emergency response equipment; and,
  • Providing information, in the form of knowledge products, that enables decision‑makers and responders to better select, procure, use, and maintain emergency response equipment.

Addressing Technologies

SAVER contains more than 1,000 assessments of equipment that falls within 21 different categories on the DHS Authorized Equipment List (AEL). Categories include:

  • Search and Rescue
  • Information Technology
  • CBRNE Detection
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Decontamination
  • Surveillance
  • Explosive Countermeasures

This information is shared nationally with the responder community, providing a cost-saving resource to DHS and other federal, state, and local agencies. Additionally, more than 20 different programs offer grants to purchase equipment on the AEL List.

Objective Assessments and Validations

SAVER is supported by a network of qualified technical agents who play a critical role in providing impartial evaluations and by helping to ensure these evaluations address real-world operational requirements. Participating organizations include the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic, DHS S&T’s National Urban Security Technology Laboratory, as well as emergency response practitioners, law enforcement officers, firefighters, paramedics, and emergency managers, all of whom help to ensure these activities address real-world operational requirements.

Based on their assessments, technical agents produce documents, including product lists, reports, plans, rating charts, handbooks, and guides that describe the equipment, their capabilities, features, and potential applications. This provides first responders with a well-rounded picture to help inform procurement decisions.

SAVER Documents and Outreach


Biodetection Resources for First Responders

National Institute of Standards and Technology

Lesson Learned Information Sharing - Knowledge Base

Inter Agency Board - Standardized Equipment List

JUSTNet: The Website of the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center


Law Enforcement's Deployment of Covert and Overt Body Worn Cameras

  • Description: Field Experiences: Law Enforcement's Deployment of Covert and Overt Body Worn Cameras
  • Start Date: 2014-05-28 03:00 PM
  • End Date: 2014-05-28 05:00 PM
  • Webinar Link:

SAVER-GSA Purchasing Program Webinar for First Responders

  • Description: The SAVER Program and General Services Administration (GSA) hosted the first in a series of webinars titled "SAVER-GSA Purchasing Program for First Responders." These webinars provide an overview of the SAVER program and GSA's critical role in providing disaster-related products and services to state and local governments and federal agencies, as well as allow for Q&A. The webinar is free to join.
  • Start Date: 2015-01-27 02:00 PM
  • End Date: 2015-01-27 03:00 PM
  • Webinar Link:

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