FRG releases 2014 tehnology review

The First Responders Group (FRG) within the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) released a review of technology on Feb. 27 that was developed and available in 2014.

In the review they paid some attention to new gloves that were developed by NanoSonic and Shelby Specialty Gloves for firefighters. They were designed to be lightweight and waterproof and to be resistant to heat and puncture. Testing for these gloves took place at the National Urban Security Technology Laboratory.

“Overall this glove is a vast improvement over the comparable gloves that I have worked with,” Lieutenant Jason Smith of Montgomery County (Md.) Fire and Rescue Service said. “These could potentially replace the rescue, extrication, structure gloves that I carry now. No need to carry three sets of gloves.”

They also detailed technology that mimics the motions of an individual firing a gun that is able to test a variety of firearms and protective devices. A scanner that was developed in part by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at NASA uses microwave radar to detect living entities under rubble and debris: it is undergoing testing but has shown to be effective in initial tests.

Other technologies and programs were also detailed, which included internet-based surveillance cameras effective in low light, personal protection enhancements for wildfire fighting applications and countermeasures and other technology relating to response and defeat operations.

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