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R&D by NIST and Partners Yields New Standard for Safer Ambulances
Release Date: 09/22/2015

Thanks to a newly updated standard for ambulance design based on research and development by the National Institute of Standards and Technology … more

NIST and NTIA Seek Industry Partners for Public Safety Communications Test Bed
Release Date: 07/14/2015

The Commerce Department’s Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) program is signing up a new round of industry collaborators for the test … more

Research Roadmap Traces the Path to ‘Smart’ Fire Fighting
Release Date: 06/18/2015

Interconnected technologies can help to reduce nation's fire toll   When responding to the more than 1.2 million blazes reported annually, the … more

NIST Develops First ‘Roadmap’ for Public Safety Communications Research
Release Date: 05/26/2015

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published the first “roadmap” for the next 20 years of research needed to establish … more

FDNY Says ‘Thanks’ to NIST Engineers
Release Date: 05/13/2014

Most New Yorkers may not realize it, but their first responders are better equipped for search and hazmat operations thanks, in part, to standard … more

NIST Tests in New York City Suggest How to Improve Emergency Radio Communications
Release Date: 04/17/2013

Radio communications can be unreliable in underground tunnels and other large, complicated structures, posing a safety hazard for emergency … more

'Live Burns' in Spartanburg, S.C., Will Benefit Research and Firefighter Training
Release Date: 01/24/2013

Firefighters in Spartanburg, S.C., battle a 'test burn' of an abandoned house in an experiment to demonstrate new techniques for combatting … more

Live Fire Tests with FDNY Will Guide Improvements in Fire Department Tactics
Release Date: 07/11/2012

In the name of science, but with aim of saving lives, preventing injuries and reducing property losses, members of the New York City Fire … more

NIST to Expand Work on Emergency Communications to Support FirstNet
Release Date: 03/06/2012

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will significantly expand its work in support of an advanced wireless communications … more

NIST and Partners Seek Input on Safer Ambulance Designs
Release Date: 11/22/2011

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is seeking input from paramedics, emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and other … more

NIST Posts Comments on Public Safety Communications Network
Release Date: 11/22/2011

Commercial standards, created in an open forum and publically available, should be a key feature of a broadband communications network for the … more

NIST Seeks Comments to Help Build Public Safety Communications Network
Release Date: 09/13/2011

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is seeking advice on possible key features of a new broadband communications network for … more

It’s Your Standard Pilot Project: NIST to Offer Documentary Standards to First Responders
Release Date: 08/02/2011

Seeking to measure the U.S. first responder community’s need for documentary standards at the federal, state and local levels, the National … more

NIST Offering Free Access to Standards for First Responders
Release Date: 04/26/2011

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Office of Law Enforcement Standards (OLES), in collaboration with the NIST National … more

NIST Releases Final Report on Charleston Sofa Store Fire
Release Date: 03/15/2011

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released its final report on its study of the June 18, 2007, fire at the Sofa Super … more

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