Health & Safety, Tech Zone

Working Harder and SMARTer Through Next-Generation Technology

Issue 5 and Volume 172.

By Kirk McKinzie Like it or not, the American and global fire and emergency response industry must continue to work very hard. The question at hand is, when will we start working SMART? This article presents some of the advances being made under the leadership of the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (DHS-S&T) Next Generation First Responder Apex Program, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and a variety of international groups focused on saving lives through the advancement of SMART technologies. First responders are using their own phones to receive dispatch information, real-time traffic data analytics, and the locations of fellow responders. One day, SMART smoke, heat, and bio-telemetry sensors will allow first responders to know who and where a patient is and, if the patient allows it, the patient’s heart rate. (1) This image, derived from a high-definition laser scan with a photographic overlay, is a…

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