First Responders

First Responders

Through the engagement of and partnership with first responders and the emergency preparedness and response community, the First Responders Group (FRG) pursues a better understanding of the response community's needs and requirements, provides technical assistance, and develops innovations to the most pressing challenges faced during day-to-day and large-scale emergencies. These efforts are occurring at every stage of technology and solution development, and are involving first responders at the local, state, tribal and federal levels.

Recent First Responder News and Announcements  

 News iconPress Release: SAVER Program Reports Now Available for Download February 6, 2017 - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) announced today that reports produced by the System Assessment and Validation for Emergency Responders (SAVER) Program are now available for download on the S&T website, as a one-stop-shop for resources to help responders make better purchasing decisions.

News icon  News Release: DHS to hold emerging technology showcase for first responder innovation February 9, 2017 - The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) will host the EMERGE 2016: Wearable Technology Showcase to present the results of the 10 startup companies that were part of this year’s cohort class.

For a complete listing of First Responder news articles visit our S&T Responder News page.

Our Mission

In close partnership with first responders at all levels, FRG identifies, validates, and facilitates the fulfillment of needs through the use of existing and emerging technologies, knowledge products, and standards. Prioritized areas of FRG focus and initiatives include:

  • Making first responders safer
  • Helping first responders share data and critical information
  • Helping first responders communicate through interoperability
  • Engaging, communicating and partnering with first responders

First Responder Publications

First Responder Communities of Practice (FRCoP)

First Responders Communities of Practice circular logo which states: Professional Networking, Collaboration, and CommunicationFirst Responder Communities of Practice is a professional networking, collaboration and communication platform created by the Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology Directorate to support improved collaboration and information sharing amongst the nation's First Responders and other Federal, State, Tribal, Territorial, and local governments and private sector stakeholders supporting homeland security efforts. This vetted community of members focuses on emergency preparedness, response, recovery and other homeland security issues.

With a FRCoP account, you can:

  • Collaborate on wikis, blogs and discussion boards
  • Find, share and store documents and best practices
  • Create and search profiles
  • Connect, chat, and email with other professionals

To request an account, complete the online form on

Connect with First Responders!

Stay informed on what FRG is doing in the community by following us on social media.

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