The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released details about the work of the First Responder Resource Group (FRRG) and its role in research and development on Tuesday.
The group acts as a point of outreach for the department in order to identify where gaps in current technology exist, and its annual meeting of responders brings ideas to light. Members of the group represent fire unit, law enforcement, emergency medical services and search and rescue personnel.
DHS said there were improvements in several challenge areas including threat monitoring, explosive ordnance disposal, canine-related activity and measures of cybersecurity and their operations.
The annual meetings also facilitate the National Conversation on Homeland Security Technology (NCHST) and what this area of development means for those working as first responders. Needs expressed will inform and affect the prioritization of projects of the DHS Science and Technology Directorate.
The NCHST is a program that allows members of the public to discuss and to be informed on matters relating to the capabilities of technology with respect to homeland security related activity. It offers individuals the chance to participate in person or online.
The annual meetings of the FRRG also allow the Next Generation First Responder Apex program which allows responders to be connected while they are working. The program aims to facilitate safe operations of personnel.