21st Century First Responder: The Vision   [open pdf - 282KB]

"The threat of an event involving weapons of mass destruction (WMD) is greater today than ever before. Despite the promise of new technologies and upgraded security measures, indications are that we are not prepared to meet this threat. In an emergency, medical and emergency service communities will play a critical role and will require the best training and response equipment available. Unfortunately, the latest military response equipment is not currently available for all domestic responders. In addition, there is a lack of information concerning what response equipment is needed to satisfy multiple emergency response demands. This paper identifies some of the basic needs of the ultimate 21st century domestic first responder and suggests technology uses and response equipment that will aid the responders in carrying out their duties during a time of crisis. This paper also presents a concept for the short-term, identifying some of the available technologies that can be configured into a response system. This research also exposes gaps in technology, suggesting potential areas for further research and development, and provides a vision for the future first responder. This vision must be anticipated, planned for, designed, integrated and developed so that we will be ready before the event happens."

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