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NCJ Number: NCJ 207771   Add to Shopping cart   Find in a Library
Title: Urban Search and Rescue Technology Needs: Identification of Needs
  Document URL: PDF 
Author(s): James Wong ; Cassandra Robinson
Corporate Author: Savannah River National Laboratory
United States of America
Date Published: 06/2004
Page Count: 73
  Annotation: This report presents findings and observations from a 2003 workshop that brought together practitioners in urban search and rescue (US&R) from across the United States and Canada to identify and define functional requirements for new and/or improved technologies that meet the needs of both US&R teams and law enforcement agencies.
Abstract: Several disaster scenarios were discussed at the workshop to facilitate discussion and generate recommendations for functional requirements and corresponding technology needs. The requirements/needs given high priority by workshop participants were improved real-time data access pertaining to site conditions, personnel accountability, medical information, etc.; technology for the noninvasive location of survivors of structural collapses; the ability to communicate through and around obstacles; lighter and more efficient power sources; improved monitoring systems; improved personal protective equipment; the integration/consolidation of functions in multiple pieces of equipment; improved breaching, shoring, and debris-removal systems; reliable nonhuman and noncanine search and rescue systems; and the standardization of equipment. Overall, workshop participants identified the need for new/improved technologies to perform search and rescue functions more safely and effectively. Efforts to develop new technologies should focus on meeting specific search and rescue missions, rather than searching for an US&R problem to which a new technology may apply. Further, technologies and equipment must be tested and found to be reliable and effective prior to actual field use. Recommendations are offered for a relevant technology research program and its funding. 16 references and appended disaster scenarios and a list of workshop participants
Main Term(s): Search and Rescue
Index Term(s): Emergency rescues ; Technology transfer ; Police equipment ; Science and Technology ; Police emergency planning ; Police emergency procedures ; Rescue services ; NIJ grant-related documents
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
United States of America

US Dept of Homeland Security
United States of America
Grant Number: OJP-2000-LT-R-032
Sale Source: NCJRS Photocopy Services
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Rockville, MD 20849-6000
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Savannah River National Laboratory
P.O. Box A
Aiken, SC 29808
United States of America
Type: Conference Material
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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