FRCoP ready for new year, new members

The First Responder Communities of Practice (FRCoP) is preparing itself for a new year and new members from governments across the country, the group said Monday.

FRCoP is a professional platform that allows networking, collaboration and communication opportunities to its members that consisted of over 7,000 communities in 2014. The group was implemented by the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate's First Responders Group. Its main objective is to provide information to emergency-response teams and stakeholders at all levels of government.

Featured information on the platform details emergency management practices; the handling and preparation for a variety of dangerous situations, including fire and hazmat protocols; and information on how emergency-response teams can utilize social media.

Membership is granted to first-responders, employees of the government, and contractors that are sponsored by the government, educational institutions and U.S. citizens.

Arthur Gibson, a community administrator for the DHS Emergency Services Sector said the platform allows webinars and online project work to be completed and accessed efficiently.

“As an open community, anyone with an interest in learning or sharing information or experiences about protecting our nation and improving emergency response is welcome to join,” Gibson said.

“The new year is a fantastic time to get involved, and I look forward to seeing what we accomplish.”

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