Joint Subcommittee Hearing: First Responder Technologies: Ensuring a Prioritized Approach for Homeland Security Research and Development

May 9, 2012 3:00 PM | 311 Cannon House Office Building

Chairman Bilirakis on the hearing:

"We must work in a collaborative way at all levels of government and with the private sector to ensure that first responders have the tools and technology they need to achieve their missions.  This hearing will provide Members with an opportunity to assess efforts at the Federal level to work with the first responder community to research, develop, and deploy these vital technologies."

Chairman Lungren on the hearing: 

“First responders are an integral part of the Homeland Security Enterprise.  These personnel rush to scenes of emergency and disaster, and deserve the best technologies when responding to such situations.  In the homeland security context, the need for reliable equipment that will function in hazardous environments and support mass casualty events is paramount.  We are holding this hearing to ensure that, ten years since the response to 9/11, the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate is effectively incorporating first responder priorities into its research and development efforts, and that first responders are equipped with the tools they need to be successful.”

Opening Statements

Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications

[full text of opening statement]

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Dr. Robert Griffin
Director of First Responder Programs
Science and Technology Directorate
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
[full text of testimony]

Ms. Mary H. Saunders
Standards Coordination Office
National Institute of Standards and Technology
[full text of testimony]

Chief Edward Kilduff
Chief of Department
New York City Fire Department
[full text of testimony]

Ms. Annette Doying
Office of Emergency Management
Pasco County, FL
[full text of testimony]

Ms. Kiersten Todt Coon
President and CEO
Liberty Group Ventures
[full text of testimony]