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Thursday, January 21st, 2021

First Responders

Agencies developing firefighter tracking technology

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) has partnered with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (NASA JPL) to develop firefighter tracking technology. The effort would allow first responders to locate team members in burning buildings more accurately.... Read More »

CISA, NASCAR target Daytona 500 fan safety

Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and NASCAR officials recently joined Daytona International Speedway personnel, first responders, and law enforcement officials in conducting a Daytona 500 fan safety tabletop exercise. The exercise serves as an example of the planning and... Read More »

National Guard wildfire readiness assessment sought

A group of lawmakers is seeking the National Guard’s assessment of wildfire readiness as a means of aiding states in preparing, fighting, and recovering from such occurrences. Sens. Ron Wyden (D-OR), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) recently joined... Read More »

Bill seeks to enhance first responder data

Reps. Susan Wild (D-PA) and Fred Keller (R-PA) introduced Wednesday a measure designed to address chronic miscounting of first responders, chiefly firefighters, and emergency medical services (EMS) personnel. The EMS Counts Act of 2020 would ensure the government’s nationwide collection of... Read More »

DHS expands first responders technology assessment

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate’s (S&T’s) Project 25 Compliance Assessment Program (P25 CAP) has initiated an effort to perform third-party first responder equipment assessments. The Department of Interior laboratory in Denver, Colorado, would... Read More »

FirstNet establishes Maryland cell site

Cecil County, Maryland officials said first responders there are recipients of a new, purpose-built FirstNet cell site - providing a boost in wireless communications. "This is great news for Earleville, Cecil County, and the surrounding areas,” Maryland State Sen. Steve Hershey (R-Dist. 36)... Read More »

DHS to evaluate first responder technology solutions

The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) Operational Experimentation (OpEx) Program has launched an effort to evaluate first responder technology solutions. The OpEx Program has released a Request for Information (RFI) with four Technical Topic Areas... Read More »

DHS S&T seeking portable radio repeaters

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) officials said the agency has posted a request for information regarding portable radio repeater products. The initiative targets emergency responder community indoor and subterranean environments. S&T’s National... Read More »

FirstNet Board approves 2021 budget

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority) Board has approved FirstNet’s $213 million budget for Fiscal Year 2021, acknowledging focus on the nationwide public safety broadband network’s operations and investments. “This budget provides steady funding for the FirstNet... Read More »