First Responder Needs

FirstLink helps the Department of Defense connect with private sector companies and entrepreneurs to commercialize technologies for our nation’s first responders. The following categories developed collaboratively among the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, and Justice indicate priorities for technology solutions and equipment needed by first responders.

High Priority Technology Needs

Department of Homeland Security, May 2007

  • Chem/Bio Defense
  • Cyber Security
  • Explosives Prevention
  • Incident Management
  • Information Sharing
  • Infrastructure Protection
  • Interoperability
  • Maritime Security
  • People Screening

To review the list of High Priority Technology Needs published by the Department of Homeland Security, click here.

National Institute of Justice/Law Enforcement

  • Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Countermeasures
  • Body Armor
  • Biometric Identification Capabilities
  • Crime Scene Tools, Techniques and Technologies
  • Enhance the Forensic Uses of DNA Technology
  • Evidence Recovery Technologies
  • Geospatial Technology Tools
  • Miscellaneous Information and Data Technologies
  • Training Technologies for Law Enforcement Officers
  • Vehicular Pursuit Management Technologies
    • Management information systems and numerical (automated) decision making tools
    • Vehicle immobilization technology tools
  • Personal Protective Equipment.
  • Sensor and/or Surveillance Technologies
  • Forensic Toxicological Analyses.
    • Identification, Collection, Preservation, and Analysis
    • Improved Instruments
  • Test Matrices Communications
  • To review a list of Law Enforcement high Priority Technology Needs from the National Institute of Justice, please contact us.

If you have an interest in commercializing a first responder technology or have a technology that meets the needs of first responders, please contact us.