Updates

A Simple Solution to Protect Critical Infrastructure

Natural disasters, such as a hurricane, tornado, or super storm, can inflict severe damage to infrastructure, especially underground subways. The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) has a solution in the form of a giant inflatable plug that will seal off subway tunnels and stop water from flowing throughout the subway system into stations and other subway lines.

FirstNet and AT&T Advance Nationwide Broadband Network for Public Safety; Release Buildout Plans for States and Territories

FirstNet and AT&T provided U.S. states and territories with individual State Plans to enable the rapid deployment of this first-of-its-kind FirstNet network. The network will modernize public safety communications and provide first responders with technologies to help them save lives and protect communities.

NIST Awards $38.5 Million to Accelerate Public Safety Communications Technologies

The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has awarded $38.5 million to 33 research and development (R&D) projects aimed at advancing broadband communications technologies for first responders.

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U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC) has partnered with the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center, Battelle Memorial Institute, and Priority Designs, to develop an improved neck-up personal protective equipment (PPE) concept. The new concept will improve the interface where a warfighter’s protective mask and hood meet, in order to provide greater protection from exposure to chemical and biological warfare agents.

New RightAnswer.com Service Makes Chemical, Health, and Safety Information Free to U.S. First Responders

RightAnswer.com has launched a new service that makes subscription to its extensive collection of environmental, health, safety, hazard, and regulatory compliance information completely free to first responders throughout the United States.

Farpointe Provides First Cybersecurity Vulnerability Checklist for Contactless Cards & Readers

Farpointe Data has posted the first radio frequency identification(RFID) Cybersecurity Vulnerability Checklist for access control manufacturers, distributors, integrators and end users to use to protect their access control systems from becoming hacker gateways to their facilities and IT systems.

New York Medical College Announces Center of Excellence in Precision Responses to Bioterrorism and Disasters

New York Medical College (NYMC) announces a new Center of Excellence in Precision Medicine and Responses to Bioterrorism and Disasters. The center is the first of its kind in the Mid-Hudson Region and is a major advance in the fight against chemical and biological terrorism.

Marine Corps Modernizing Emergency Response Capabilities Across the Corps

Marine Corps bases worldwide are gaining increased emergency response capabilities with the implementation of the Consolidated Emergency Response System (CERS). CERS standardizes emergency dispatching capabilities and provides emergency first responders with enhanced command and coordination to support all hazardous response missions aboard Marine Corps installations.

908 Devices Introduces Next-Generation HPMS Device for the First Responder Community

908 Devices announced the release of MX908™, a second-generation handheld chemical detection and identification device powered by the company’s patented high-pressure mass spectrometry (HPMS) technology. The MX908 is designed for true trace-level detection and identification across a variety of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, explosive (CBRNE), and hazardous material response missions.

New Training Aims to Improve Operational Security at U.S. Border

Drug smugglers, human traffickers, illegal immigrants, and even potential terrorists crossing the United States border do their best to cover their tracks. It is the responsibility of the United States Border Patrol (USBP) to pursue and apprehend these individuals. USBP asked the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate’s First Responders Group to develop training to assist in increasing tracking abilities.