DHS comes to first responders' rescue

Even in this high-tech digital age, firefighters are still going in to battle blazes with relatively low-tech equipment that is out of date. But the Homeland Security Department is hoping to fix that problem with two new wireless devices, The Register reports.

DHS' Science and Technology Directorate has announced two new devices -- the Geospatial Location Accountability and Navigation System for Emergency Reponders and the Physiological Health Assessment System for Emergency Responders -- that could potentially save the lives of first responders.

The former device, known as GLANSER, serves as what DHS calls a digital "breadcrumb" to track firefighters' movements through a suite of navigation devices. It broadcasts signals to a laptop computer. The latter, known as PHASER, allows a firefighter's vital signs to be tracked and the information relayed to a base station.

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