Episode 131: How DHS S&T is Evolving Operational Environments with Project Responder 6 with Paul McDonagh | Interschutz 2022 Mini Series


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Get the inside scoop on the Department of Homeland Security's recently-released Project Responder 6 (PR6)...

Hello Smart Firefighting Community!

Welcome to another episode of covering real world innovations via interviews with fire service and technology industry experts that empower YOU to develop your very own Smart Firefighting strategy!

This is the seventh episode of our Interschutz 2022 Mini Series. Interschutz 2022 was an international trade show hosted over six days and included exhibitions plus engaging forums covering the various aspects of firefighting, rescue services, civil protection and safety and security.

In this episode:

- What is the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate for First Responders?

- How does DHS S & T identify capability gaps and unite various stakeholders?

- How can small businesses bring technology into the field?

Paul McDonagh is the First Responder Disaster Resiliency Portfolio Manager for the Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology Directorate. He oversees DHS engagement and support to Fire, Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Law Enforcement, Emergency Managers, Public Safety Communications, and Render Safe Operations (RedOps – Bomb Squads). Responder engagement is accomplished through the First Responder Resource Group (FRRG) where responders provide information on capability needs facing the responder community, and DHS documents these gaps for consideration.

Paul is a former member of the FRRG, served 38+ years with the Seattle Police Department (SPD), and is a former Assistant Chief of the SPD’s Homeland Security Bureau where he oversaw large-scale incident and event planning & management. He was part of Seattle’s Homeland Security Grants Working Group, Seattle UASI Working Group, and oversaw SPD’s Homeland Security Grants projects. Paul is a former instructor for the FEMA All Hazards Incident Management Team (AHIMT) providing training across the country, and has supported incidents and events outside of Seattle. As an SPD employee, he worked as a Patrol Officer, Special Weapons and Tactics member & Team Leader, a Precinct Commander, and Commander of the Violent Crimes, and Criminal Intelligence Section.

Episode Resources:

- DHS S&T Demos First Responder Innovations at Interschutz 2022

- National Information Exchange Model

- Silicon Valley Innovation Program

This episode of Smart Firefighting is brought to you by FLAIM Systems. FLAIM offers fully immersive VR learning solutions for training in hazardous and emergency situations, allowing first responders to learn how to fight fires in safe, realistic, dynamic virtual environments.

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