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Guide for the Selection of Communication Equipment for Emergency First Responders



Alim A. Fatah


The National Institute of Justice is the focal point for providing support to State and local law enforcement agencies in the development of counterterrorism technology and standards, including technological needs for chemical and biological defense. In recognizing the needs of State and local emergency first responders, the Office of Law Enforcement Standards at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, is developing chemical and biological defense equipment guides. This document focuses specifically on communication equipment and was developed to assist the emergency first responder community in the evaluation and purchase of communication equipment that can be used in onjunction with chemical and biological protective clothing and respiratory equipment. The information contained in this guide has been obtained through literature searches and market surveys. The vendors were contacted multiple times during the preparation of this guide to ensure data accuracy. In addition, the information is supplemented with test data obtained from other sources (e.g., Department of Defense) if available. It should also be noted that the purpose of this guide is not to provide recommendations but rather to serve as a means to provide information to the reader to compare and contrast commercially available communication equipment.
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Fatah, A. (2001), Guide for the Selection of Communication Equipment for Emergency First Responders, NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD (Accessed June 22, 2024)


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Created July 11, 2001, Updated February 17, 2017