DHS reviews discussion series on first response technology enhancements

Concepts for the future of first response personnel.
Concepts for the future of first response personnel. | Courtesy of Firstresponder.gov
The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) recently detailed a discussion series focused on enhancements in first response technology.

This series, the National Conversation on Homeland Security Technology, consisted of live and online meetings among response personnel, innovators and operational users. These discussions will help shape the S&T’s future development activities, specifically within the Next Generation First Responder Apex program (NGFR).

“We wanted to harness diverse viewpoints to engage with a wider range of the homeland security community,” S&T Under Secretary Reggie Brothers said. “By crowd-sourcing the Responder of the Future dialogue, we connected with a more varied audience -- and they connected with each other. That’s really where the true value of the National Conversation lies.”

The S&T’s First Responder Group (FRG) stated that the exchanges between users and innovators are likely to yield promising information. The FRG also stated that feedback from these is being evaluated in its planning stages for response-related initiatives.

Information that has been shared includes studies, presentations and training materials.

“If you don’t, they will turn around and ask you, ‘Why do I need this?’” NGFR Apex Program Director John Merrill said. “S&T is committed to consistently engaging first responders in the technologies we develop for them and providing a forum for industry and first responders to discuss requirements. We want to help industry help first responders. The National Conversation is one of the ways we’re doing that.”

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