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First Responder Commercialized Technologies

S&T works with first responders to identify their technology needs and capability gaps. S&T then works with research and development organizations, academia, industry, and the innovation community to create solutions. The following technologies were all imagined and field-tested by first responders across the country that are now available for agencies to procure. For additional information, contact S&T at

Board Armor® Backboard Cover

The Board Armor backboard cover.Standard cleaning techniques and storage methods do not provide adequate sanitization and backboards can often serve as hotbeds for infection. This simple cover prevents the spread of disease and contamination of the board.

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Digital Encoder

TVI Digital EncoderEncoding device securely transmits compressed high definition video and audio streams to remote locations.

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Electronic Recovery and Access to Data (ERAD) Prepaid Card Reader

Electronic Recovery and Access to Data (ERAD) Prepaid Card Reader. Someone's hands shown swiping a prepaid card through the ERAD.The ERAD Prepaid Card Reader is a small, handheld device that wirelessly allows law enforcement officers in the field to identify and check the balance of suspicious cards, and to put a temporary hold on the linked funds until a full investigation can be completed.

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Finding Individuals for Disaster and Emergency Response (FINDER)

Finding Individuals for Disaster and Emergency Response (FINDER) seen through a culvert with a firefighter in the background.FINDER uses microwave radar to pinpoint individuals trapped in rubble.

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FireGround Compass®

FireGround Compass® yellow and grey compassThe FireGround Compass® provides firefighters operating in dark, smoky, disorienting environments with a tool that will help them keep their directional bearings and always know their entry and exit points. It was also developed to be easily manipulated while wearing thick firefighting gloves.

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First Responder Support Tools (FiRST) App

First App Screen Capture, Resized. Image reads: Done (button) with Anhydrous ammonia (title). Undeath a row of coordinates and data points state: Isolate 150 m / 500 ft; Protect 0.8 km / 0.5 mi; Location (button) and Hazmat (button). A statelight map of the area with a red pin labels the area with "Incident Command Post".FiRST app is a simple yet powerful bomb response tool that puts key decision-making data—such as safe standoff distances, damage and injury contours, nearby areas of concern, and suggested roadblocks—directly at responders’ fingertips.

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Flex-Tuff HS (formerly Improved Structure Firefighting Glove)

Flex-Tuff HS (formerly Improved Structure Firefighting Glove) laying on a shovelNew structure glove provides the full range of protection firefighters need with enhanced dexterity, water repellency and fire resistance.

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Low Light Internet-Protocol Camera

Surveillance camera system placed over the northern hemisphere on the earth with a dark background.This surveillance camera is easy to conceal and provides optimal high-resolution video footage in a variety of lighting conditions, especially in very low light. The camera transmits real-time data over internet protocol to locations where law enforcement can discretely monitor footage.

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Mechanical Shooter (formerly Virtual Shooter)

Mechanical Shooter (formerly Virtual Shooter) robotic arm firing a hand gun.Developed via the Small Business Innovation Research Program in partnership with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office of Firearms and Tactical Programs, the Mechanical Shooter mimics exact movements of a human shooting a handgun in order to reduce injuries and prevent strain from repetitive firing during firearm testing.

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NEON-P® (formerly Firefighter Accountability and Proximity System)

NEON-P® (formerly Firefighter Accountability and Proximity System) pieces laying on a table.NEON-P® leverages existing time-of-flight tracking to allow first responders to quickly hone in on a colleague in distress.

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Radio Internet-Protocol Communications Module (RIC-M)

Radio Internet-Protocol Communications Module (RIC-M), Developed by DHS Science and Technology Directorate. Christine Wireless, Inc.This is a P25-compatible, after-market technology solution that allows agencies to easily upgrade and reconfigure legacy systems at a low cost. RIC-M allows many older base station systems to be used for another 10 to 20 years.

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REDZONETM Contaminant Control Package (formerly Smoke and Particulate Resistant Structural Turnout Ensemble)

Firefighter in overhaul environment with skin exposed to toxic combustion products.Chronic exposure to toxic combustion products and particulate matter found in the fireground environment are believed to contribute significantly to higher firefighter cancer rates. To combat this, S&T collaborated with North Carolina State University’s Textile Protection and Comfort Center and LION First Responder PPE, Inc. to develop a structural turnout ensemble with enhanced infiltration protection at ensemble interfaces—preventing smoke and particulates from reaching the firefighters’ skin and protecting them from hazardous vapors and materials.

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Semi-Autonomous Pipe Bomb End Cap Remover (SAPBER)

Semi-Autonomous Pipe Bomb End Cap Remover (SAPBER)SAPBER removes end caps and collects video and physical evidence from pipe bombs while keeping operators at a safe standoff distance.

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ViSi Mobile® System (formerly Wireless Patient Vital Signs Monitoring)

The ViSi Mobile System on a patient's armThe ViSi Mobile® System monitors vital signs without connecting wired sensors from the patient to other equipment.

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Wildland Firefighter Advanced Personal Protective System (WLFF APPS)

wildland firefighters in full firefighter gear put out a brush fire.National Fire Protection Association-certified suite of personal protective equipment, WLFF APPS reduces wildland firefighter heat stress injuries. The garment system improves radiant thermal protection and has increased form, fit, and function.

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