Ottawa, July 7, 2007... FirstLink wishes to identify innovative Canadian organizations developing technologies and capabilities which are a strategic match with its First Responder technology priorities.
FirstLink was established as the first Department of Defense (DoD) Technology Transfer and Commercialization National Center of Excellence for First Responder Technologies through a Partnership Intermediary Agreement with the United States Department of Defense Office of Technology Transition and the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)..
Its mission is to increase the rate at which first responder technologies are commercialized and transferred to the market place, where they can be made available to US first responders through US manufacturers and small businesses. FirstLink supports the transition of technology from DoD laboratories to market by conducting initial technical reviews, market analysis, and identification of potential industry or private sector partners. Additional information is available at:
In the U.S. there are nearly three million federal, state, and local first responders – fire fighters, law enforcement personnel, and emergency medical teams. Their role includes not only providing basic safety to citizens, but also securing our nation’s home front. Their need for the best technologies and equipment is even more critical than ever.
Background on the Canadian First Responder market is now available in a CATA Interim Research Report entitled “Keeping Canadians Safe: A Technology, Research and Development, and Emergency Preparedness Situational Analysis of Canadian First Responders". Members can request their copy from firstname.lastname@example.org
Technology Priorities List:
Through partnerships, FirstLink facilitates the creation, transfer and commercialization of technologies in the following functional areas as they relate to natural disasters, crime, and terrorism; Prevent, • Prepare,• Respond, • Recover, • Mitigate, • Fire, • Medical, • HazMat, • Law Enforcement ,• Command and Control, •and Intelligence. The goal is to help protect and save the lives of those who protect and save our lives. In terms of looking at technologies from Canada, areas of interest and priority include:
Inter-jurisdictional Communications(Voice, Data, Video); Use of the Incident Command System (ICS); Detection - Chemical / Biological Sensors – Analysis; Planning and Coordination at all Levels of Govt./Regional; ICS Training and Exercises; Conduct Multi-jurisdictional Exercises; Incident Access Control System; Personnel Tracking(Command and Control, Rescue); Greater Range of Wireless; Communications Tools, Including: Palm Pilots, Portable Radios, Cell Phones, and Laptops; Distance Learning for ICS Training and Simulation; Command Post/EOC Upgrades-voice & Data / Communication Links; Integration and Access of Databases During Critical Incidents; Pre-determined Disaster Plan; Critical Infrastructure Protection Plans - Technical Assistance; Intelligence and Information Sharing on Potential Threats; Body Protection From All Hazards; Surveillance Equipment; Inter-disciplinary Planning (include NG) - All Hazards Response; Risk Awareness and Assessment; and Ensembles for Biological Threats and Incidents
Qualification of Interests:
CATAAlliance is working in partnership with International Trade Canada and the Consulate General of Canada in Buffalo to provide this technology partnering opportunity to appropriate contacts in Canada.