DHS S&T, DOT Select University of Illinois-Led Consortium to Research Interoperability for 911 Public Safety Comms

DHS S&T, in partnership with DOT, has selected the CIRI, a DHS COE led by the UIUC, to develop a framework and process for testing the interoperability and compatibility of Next Generation 911 (NG911) systems.

Researchers launch confidential helpline, 833-EMS-INTX, for Texas first responders to find help for substance use disorder

First responders in Texas can now call a confidential helpline to seek treatment for substance use and mental health disorders through a new clinical research program at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). The Heroes Helpline comes at a time when first responders are serving on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

S&T and FEMA Social Media Planning Tool Supports Enhanced Emergency Management Operations and Communications Nationwide

DHS S&T recently collaborated with FEMA ORR, External Affairs, and the EMI, as well as various public safety and emergency management practitioners, to develop, pilot, and launch a single page web application called the Social Media for Emergency Managers (SMEM) Guidance Tool.

S&T Studies How K9 First Responders Can Join the Team in Active Shooter Scenarios

Canines are widely used by law enforcement agencies and first responders to protect the homeland in various ways. DHS S&T is studying how they might be used in new, non-traditional ways, like in active shooter scenarios, to detect potential explosive threats – clearing the way for responders to quickly engage hostile adversaries or administer aid to those who need it.