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NIST Tests in New York City Suggest How to Improve Emergency Radio Communications
Release Date: 04/17/2013

Radio communications can be unreliable in underground tunnels and other large, complicated structures, posing a safety hazard for emergency … more

'Live Burns' in Spartanburg, S.C., Will Benefit Research and Firefighter Training
Release Date: 01/24/2013

Firefighters in Spartanburg, S.C., battle a 'test burn' of an abandoned house in an experiment to demonstrate new techniques for combatting … more

Live Fire Tests with FDNY Will Guide Improvements in Fire Department Tactics
Release Date: 07/11/2012

In the name of science, but with aim of saving lives, preventing injuries and reducing property losses, members of the New York City Fire … more

NIST to Expand Work on Emergency Communications to Support FirstNet
Release Date: 03/06/2012

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will significantly expand its work in support of an advanced wireless communications … more

NIST and Partners Seek Input on Safer Ambulance Designs
Release Date: 11/22/2011

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is seeking input from paramedics, emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and other … more

NIST Posts Comments on Public Safety Communications Network
Release Date: 11/22/2011

Commercial standards, created in an open forum and publically available, should be a key feature of a broadband communications network for the … more

NIST Seeks Comments to Help Build Public Safety Communications Network
Release Date: 09/13/2011

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is seeking advice on possible key features of a new broadband communications network for … more

It’s Your Standard Pilot Project: NIST to Offer Documentary Standards to First Responders
Release Date: 08/02/2011

Seeking to measure the U.S. first responder community’s need for documentary standards at the federal, state and local levels, the National … more

NIST Offering Free Access to Standards for First Responders
Release Date: 04/26/2011

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Office of Law Enforcement Standards (OLES), in collaboration with the NIST National … more

NIST Releases Final Report on Charleston Sofa Store Fire
Release Date: 03/15/2011

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released its final report on its study of the June 18, 2007, fire at the Sofa Super … more

New Guidance for First Responders Collecting Suspected Biothreat Agents
Release Date: 11/24/2010

Suspicious packages and powders have triggered more than 30,000 responses by U.S. law enforcement agencies across the country since 2001. These … more

Demonstration Network Planned for Public Safety 700 MHz Broadband
Release Date: 12/15/2009

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) have announced … more

Showcase - Bio-imaging Technologies (9/2009)
Release Date: 10/06/2009

A TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER AND FEDERAL MARKETPLACE EVENT TEDCO, NIST and NIH Present Bio-imaging Technologies For Commercial Adoption On Tuesday, … more

Emergency Links: NIST Identifies ‘Sweet Spot’ for Radios in Tunnels
Release Date: 05/13/2008

As part of a project to improve wireless communications for emergency responders, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and … more

NIST Software Makes Fire Gear Choice Easier
Release Date: 06/08/2006

Firefighters know that protective "turnout gear" (pants and coats) can save their lives. Yet because there are several different attributes of … more

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