DHS announces international first responders forum
The forum is a collaborative effort of first response personnel from several countries and will launch at the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference that is set to take place between Oct. 23 and Oct. 27. This forum aims to establish international collaboration on the innovation of and expanding the accessibility to new technologies that will help first responders globally.
“Until now, there has been a void in the global first responder community for establishing a single, centralized venue for the emergency responders to pinpoint and voice their needs or capability gaps,” International Forum Lead for DHS S&T Phil Walters said. “This shortfall, along with the fragmented purchasing power, inherently stymies technological innovation. The forum aims to consolidate these gaps, to inform industry of the highest priority needs on which they could focus their attention and focus their internal R&D funding.”
The forum will consist of governmental partners and representation from Canada, Australia, Finland, Germany, the European Union, Japan, Mexico, Israel, the Netherlands, Singapore, Sweden, the U.K. and Spain.