New Technologies Focus on First Responder “Capability Gaps” and Needs, Part 2

BY MARY JANE DITTMARPart 1 was published in the May 2009 issue.Of the research areas surveyed for this article, the areas of Communications and Firefighter Locator Systems reflected a high number of initiatives and multiparty involvement.CommunicationsBy this time, we have all come to learn the critical value of complete, quality communications in emergencies and disasters, whether they be person-to-person, fireground crew-to-command, all the way up to agency-to-agency when multiple parties respond. Interoperability has been the nation’s goal, especially since the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center. When asked at Virtual FDIC ( what h...

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