DHS Calls for Tips From First Responders
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology directorate has launched a new program called TechSolutions, intended to provide new technologies to first responders by responding to their input.
The program will feature an online submission process, and winning proposals will receive up to $1 million in funding.
Congress has allocated $7.5 million in the budget of the directorate to support the program for 12 months.
“No one understands the needs of first responders better than first responders,” says Under Secretary for Science and Technology Jay M. Cohen. “Every day, hundreds of law enforcement officers, fire fighters, emergency medical services personnel, and bomb-squad members think, ‘there’s a better way to do this,’ and we want to hear from them.”
Abstracted by the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC) from United Press International (03/29/07).