DHS Twitter Chat Details SAVER Program
Wednesday, September 30, 2015 | Comments

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) took to Twitter to explain and discuss its System Assessment and Validation for Emergency Responders (SAVER) program.

Under the program, DHS and partner technical agents, such as the National Urban Security Technology Laboratory (NUSTL) and the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center (SPAWARSYSCEN) Atlantic, conduct objective assessments and validations on equipment and systems available for first responders.

In assessing commercially available equipment, DHS and its partners ask two main questions: “What equipment is available?” and “How does it perform?” The program focuses on seven major equipment test and evaluation areas that include search and rescue (SAR); chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives (CBRNE) detection; IT; personal protection equipment (PPE); decontamination response; surveillance; and explosives countermeasures.

In assessing available products, the program looks at five criteria: affordability, capability, deployability, maintainability and usability.

During the chat, DHS said that while many manufacturers have already tested their products in the lab, the SAVER tests focus on safety and reliability in the field.

The program produces a variety of reports that include application notes with information and recommendations for the application of a specific technology, assessment reports that provide a comparative analysis of tested equipment and market surveys that provide a snapshot of the current marketplace for a particular technology.

The program also produces tech notes that examine a technology area at a high level and answer basic questions about that technology.

DHS said the SAVER program so far has produced more than 1,000 reports. Recent reports cover subjects such as body-worn cameras and the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet).

Find the SAVER Web portal here.

Recap the Twitter chat by searching #STTechTalk.

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