Archives for March 18, 2016

DHS: first responders discuss technology needs

Dept Homeland Security S&T to Host Next Generation First Responder Facebook Town Hall


LAS VEGAS – On March 23, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T), will host a Facebook Town Hall with first responders nationwide to discuss the technologies necessary to better protect and connect the Next Generation First Responder.The Facebook town hall will be held online 11:00-11:30 p.m. PDT, but the conversation won’t stop when we sign off. At 3:00 p.m. PDT, our panel will take the stage at the International Wireless Communications Expo in Las Vegas, to continue the conversation. Those are not attending the Expo can follow along at @dhsscitech on Twitter and participate using the hashtag #AskNGFR.


S&T’s Next Generation First Responder program works to leverage new technology that better protects and connects our nation’s first responders, maximizing their awareness and safety.


Wednesday, March 23

11:00 AM PDT           S&T Next Generation First Responder program manager John Merrill will lead a Facebook Town Hall.

Panelists include: Dion Rodriguez, communication chief for the 314th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion in Las Vegas; Howard Shelton, assistant chief of operations for the Nellis-Creech Fire and Emergency Services Flight at Nellis Air Force Base; Jack Hanagriff, Director of the Houston Regional Risk and Critical Infrastructure Protection Program; Kyle Lemmon, Clark County Fire Department; Adam Miller, Huntingdon County (Pennsylvania) deputy sheriff ; and Ashanti Gray, Las Vegas Fire Department Communications Training Officer.

Access the event through the S&T Facebook Event page.


The Town Hall discussion will be continued in person at the International Wireless Communications Expo in Las Vegas at 3:00 p.m. PDT.