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.
Law enforcement, firefighters and emergency medical technicians are facing challenges today that no one envisioned fifteen years ago. DHS S&T’s Next Generation First Responder program Responder Technology Alliance is working to anticipate responder needs five, 10, even 15 years from now and develop integrated solutions. This video highlights future tech and how it will all work together to make responders better protected, connected and fully aware. (As 10/2016)
DHS S&T shows a glimpse of some of potential future technologies, like a light breathable layer to protect from gunshots that will help the emergency medical technician of the future. (As 10/2016)
DHS S&T shows a glimpse of some of potential future technologies, like lighter turnout gear that protects from toxins as well as heat, and integrated communications and safety devices that will help the firefighter of the future be better protected, connected and fully aware. (As of 10/2016)
DHS S&T shows a glimpse of some of potential future technologies, like sensors that monitor health status and location, and augmented reality glasses that will help the law enforcement officer of the future. (As of 10/2016)