Department of Homeland Security (DHS) News

DHS Promotes Smart City IoT Solutions for First Responders

The Internet of Things (IoT) is expanding the variety of technical capabilities deployed in the interest of public safety, and smart cities are leveraging IoT data to provide insights and improve operations. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is promoting technology development through its Science and Technology Directorate’s SCITI (pronounced “city”) solutions lab. SCITI stands for Smart City and Internet of Things Innovation. SCITI innovations promote public safety in...

Lion Group Announces The Launch Of Redzone PPE Containment Control Package

Lion, one of the largest family-owned manufacturers of first responder personal protective equipment (PPE) in the United States, recently launched their new RedZone Contaminant Control Package to help firefighters reduce their exposure to fire-related carcinogens. Developed in partnership with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Technology Directorate (S&T) and the North Carolina State University Textile Protection and Comfort Center (TPACC), the launch of this groundbreaking turnout...

The City Of Orlando Takes Action To Increase Protection For Their Fire Fighters By Providing Protective Clothing

The City of Orlando is taking action to increase the protection of its firefighters by providing new structural fire protective clothing specifically designed to reduce exposure of potentially dangerous particulates into garments worn by members of the Orlando Fire Department (OFD). After an extensive wear trial process, the Orlando Fire Department (OFD) chose LION’s RedZone turnout gear, part of the Dayton, Ohio-based PPE company’s overall contaminant control effort developed in pa...

Rajant And Dejero Showcased Their Emergency Communication Systems To Eliminate Wildfire On The Gaviota Coast

Rajant and Dejero’s Technology Springs into Action in the Battle Against a 420-Acre Wildfire on the Santa Barbara County Coast. A wind-driven brush fire triggered evacuations after breaking out along the Gaviota Coast in Santa Barbara County, California. On a sunny afternoon in mid-October 2019, the heat from the sun combined with winds gusting up to 40 mph through the quiet foothills of El Capitán Canyon, sparking a wind-whipped, vegetation brush fire in the overly dry desert hill...

NVFC Seeks Additional Funding From Congress And The Flexibility To Help Fire And EMS Departments

The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) joined with other major national fire service organizations in asking Congress to provide full funding, $750 million each, for the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) and Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant programs in FY 2021. The letter also asks Congress to waive local matching funds requirements under AFG and SAFER and to increase flexibility for using SAFER funds to retain personnel in FY 2020, FY 2021, and for any s...

NVFC Announces Survey Results From Week 5 Of COVID-19 Impact On Fire & EMS

The NVFC created a survey to better understand the experiences of volunteer and combination fire, EMS, and rescue departments dealing with the outbreak of COVID-19 and related social distancing measures. NVFC encourages all to take the survey weekly so they can track changing needs and challenges. First Responders Children The First Responders Children’s Foundation is providing financial support to first responder families who are enduring financial hardship due to the coronavirus outbr...

NFPA Launches New Standard For Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Public Safety Operations

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has released its first unmanned robotics guidance for first responders and others. NFPA 2400, Standard for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) Used for Public Safety Operations was developed by representatives from public safety departments with unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), including the fire service, law enforcement, and emergency medical services. NFPA 2400 is an all-encompassing standard that applies to all public safety departments that...

NCT CBRNe USA 2015 Ends On High Note With US CBRN Community In Attendance

NCT CBRNe USA 2015 was this year’s place to be for meeting the country’s leading decision-makers NCT CBRNe USA 2015: Setting a benchmark for high-quality CBRN events of the future Giving an alternative to old-fashioned CBRN forums where stakeholders meet the same people and colleagues over and over again each year, NCT events are renowned for their high quality when it comes to international CBRN forums and to creating an interactive, intercultural CBRN community....

Pierce Manufacturing And Fire Chief Magazine Honor 2012 Career And Volunteer Fire Chiefs Of The Year

2012 Career Fire Chief Kelvin J. Cochran,of the Atlanta Fire Rescue Departmentin Atlanta, GA. Fire Chief Magazine, part of Penton Media, Inc.’s Public Infrastructure Group, and Pierce Manufacturing Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE: OSK) company, today announced the 2012 winners of the annual “Fire Chief of the Year” awards. Career Fire Chief Kelvin J. Cochran of the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department in Atlanta, Ga. and Volunteer Fire Chief Jona Olsson of the...

National Fire Academy Recognizes Bunker Hill Fire Protection And Safety Programme As FESHE School

Bunker Hill students can now receive certificates from the National Fire Academy, part of the DHS The National Fire Academy has recognised the Bunker Hill Community College Fire Protection and Safety Program as meeting all requirements for the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) Curriculum. FESHE online and classroom courses are taught by professional firefighters, including deputy chiefs and chiefs of area fire departments. Students who complete the required...

FEMA And Federal Partners On Close Safety Watch In U.S. After Tsunami In Japan

FEMA and other federal organisations have collaborated to develop measures against tsunami like situations Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate briefed President Obama on the Department's ongoing coordination activities with potentially affected states and territories. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and its federal partners are closely monitoring the effects of the earthquake and subsequent tsunami that...

U.S And New Zealand Collaborate For Proactive Emergency Management

U.S Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano emphasized on collaboration to fight against disasters The MOC between the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and New Zealand's Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management establishes a framework for information sharing and emergency management cooperation. U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and New Zealand Ambassador to the United States Mike Moore today signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (M...

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