PSCR Report Outlines Unique Needs of Rural First Responders
Tuesday, February 18, 2020 | Comments

The Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) published a report focusing on rural first responders and their unique needs and challenges.

The data outlined in the report was sourced from a project that included in-depth interviews with about 200 first responders in eight Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) regions across the U.S. From this dataset, the report focuses on the contexts and challenges specifically faced by rural first responders.

Understanding the roadblocks faced by first responders in rural communities can provide insight into the types of technology that might help them best respond to incidents effectively, efficiently and safely.

When asked a specific question about their “wish list,” rural first responders generally wished for current technology that worked better. They are interested in technology that will help them do their jobs better, such as a better radio system that works across their response area.

Rural first responder departments and agencies that do not have basic gear do not know how they will be able to purchase and access new technology. As many noted, it must be affordable, and they do not see new technology within their reach.

The full report is here.

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