FirstResponder.gov publishes January project overview

The Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) first-responder website, FirstResponder.gov, recently published updates on January projects from the agency's Science and Technology Directorate (S&T).

In the first half of January, the National Conversation on Homeland Security Technology discussion series was launched. It allowed industry, first-response officials, government officials and citizens to have an open dialogue on issues relating to emergency response and national security. These forums are available in person and online. "Responder of the Future," the first of five in the series, is available to the public, and S&T encourages citizens to voice their opinions and participate.

On Jan. 26, a website was launched on which members of the First Responder Communities of Practice (FRCoP) can network with fellow members, and they can share ideas and information in relation to emergency response, allowing users to give feedback.

FirstResponder.gov also released a video showcasing new firefighting gloves developed in partnership with Shelby Specialty Gloves.

Other updates include features on pipe-bomb diffusion methods that were evaluated at the Marine Corps Base Quantico with the FBI  Jan. 22-23.

On Jan. 13, DHS Under Secretary for Science and Technology Reginald Brothers visited the National Urban Security Technology Laboratory (NUSTL).

“It was refreshing and valuable for me to talk directly with responders — about their experiences and concerns, and our opportunities to work together moving forward,” Brothers said.

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