New technologies to help firefighters and other first responders were showcased in Washington on Wednesday at an event hosted by Senator Bernie Sanders. He was joined by Matt Vinci, president of the Professional Firefighters of Vermont, and Department of Homeland Security Under Secretary Jay Cohen. The Department of Homeland Security had not specifically designated funding for new technology for firefighters until Sanders broached the issue. As a result, this year Homeland Security devoted $10 million for technology research and development.
Fire fighters, police, and emergency medical workers are front-line responders in securing our homeland. The first to arrive at the scene of any disaster, whether natural or otherwise, are local emergency response personnel. That is why it is vital to ensure that firefighters and other first responders have adequate protective gear and other equipment.
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