Heads-Up / Hands-Free Firefighting Solutions – Requirements, State of Technology Overview and Market Characterization


  1. Royal, M.
  2. McNamara, M.
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Defence Research and Development Canada, Centre for Security Science, Ottawa ON (CAN);FirstLink Analytics, Erie (PA), USA
The Canadian Next Generation First Responder (CNG-1R) initiative, a Canadian Safety and Security Program (CSSP) investment - CSSP-2016-TI-2226 - aims to better connect, protect and improve situational awareness capabilities for front-line police, fire fighters and paramedics through science and technology. The Program is led by Defence Research and Development Canada’s Centre for Security Science (CSS), in partnership with Public Safety Canada. Responder representative organizations such as the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs have cast light on the need to make operating environments such as the fire ground safer for operators and the public. In keeping with insights and approaches cited from the National Fire Protection Association Research Foundation (NFPA RF), and in close collaboration with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (DHS S&T) a Smart Firefighting (SFF) workshop was held in Ottawa, Ontario on January 30-31, 2018 in order to help frame requirements for improved situational awareness technology supports for fire fighters in a structural fire setting. This document served as background ‘read-in’ resource to get workshop participants situated beforehand. Firefighters from Canada and the US – mostly at the captain rank or equivalent - joined DHS S&T program officials, representatives from the National Research Council Industrial Research Assistance Program, and the NFPA RF to focus attention on technology solutions w

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wearable electronics;Autonomy (Decision Support Systems);Public Safety and Security Situational Awareness;Environmental/Thermal Protection
Report Number
DRDC-RDDC-2019-C037 — Contract Report
Date of publication
01 Feb 2019
Number of Pages
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