Homeland Security Requests New Information for First Responder Community of Practice Program

The United States Department of Homeland Security (USDHS) has published an information collection request in today’s Federal Register (Docket No. DHS-2012-0013) pertaining to their First Responders Community of Practice program (FRCoP).

FRCoP is a program in place since 2002 which allows registered and authenticated first responder organizations from the United States and allied nations to share information, lessons learned, and best practices via a secure federal shared database. First responder organizations are typically those which arrive to help on the scene of an emergency; police, fire, public health, environmental, hazardous materials mitigation, and community relief agencies. The experiences of multiple agencies working together to respond to the 9/11/2001 terror attacks in New York, Washington, and Pennsylvania led to the creation of this database as a way to allow all first responders to learn from the experiences of other similar organizations. In the new information collection request, USDHS proposes to add the information field “Country of First Responder Affiliation.” Comments on the new request are due no later than October 24th, 2014.

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