First Responders Group launches new website

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security recently launched FirstResponder.gov, a new website meant to support first responders through science and technology.

The website, which is offered by the DHS Science & Technology Directorate and the directorate's First Responders Group, means to give first responders the information they need on technology, products, resources, standards, programs, testing and evaluation and best practices.

The site gives information to various disciplines of first responders in areas like emergency management, hazmat and explosives, provides responders with news, posts information about grants and training opportunities and tells responders about the latest research and development in the field.

In a recent blog post, the website touted the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Ready Campaign, which offers trainings and tips to improve preparedness in the home.

The DHS Science and Technology Directorate is the DHS' primary research and development arm, managing science and technology research for the department's operational components and first responders.

The First Responders Group identifies, validates and facilitates the fulfillment of responder needs through the use of emerging and existing standards, products, knowledge and technologies. The FRG seeks ways to engage, communicate and partner with first responders, help first responders communicate through interoperability, help first responders share data and critical information and make first responders safer.