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Authority to Collect This Information:  The Homeland Security Act of 2002 [Public Law 1007-296, §302(4)] authorizes the Science and Technology Directorate to conduct “basic and applied research, development, demonstration, testing, and evaluation activities that are relevant to any or all elements of the Department, through both intramural and extramural programs.” In exercising its responsibility under the Homeland Security Act, S&T is authorized to collect information, as appropriate, to support R&D related to improving the security of the homeland.

Principal Purposes:  DHS will collect and use this information to provide an online, professional connection and collaboration environment (via communities of practice) for First Responders.  

Routine Uses and Sharing:  In general, DHS will not use this information for any purpose other than the purpose stated above.  However, DHS may release this information of an individual on a case-by-case basis as described in the DHS/ALL-002 and DHS/ALL-004 System of Records Notice (SORN), which can be found at: www.dhs.gov/privacy

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Who We Are

professional networking, collaboration and communication platform

First Responder Communities of Practice is a professional networking, collaboration and communication platform created by the Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology Directorate to support improved collaboration and information sharing amongst the nation's First Responders and other Federal, State, Tribal, Territorial, and local governments supporting homeland security efforts. This vetted community of members focuses on emergency preparedness, response, recovery and other homeland security issues.

Who Can Join?

  • First responders
  • Members of the following groups engaged in homeland security:
    • Government employees
    • Government-sponsored contractors
    • Government-sponsored academia
    • Government-sponsored citizens

What Can I Do Here?

  • Join Communities that interest you
  • Collaborate on wikis, blogs and discussion boards
  • Find, share and store documents and best practices
  • Create and search profiles
  • Connect, chat, and email with other professionals

Site Security

All prospective members of the site are vetted to verify their identity. Members of First Responder Communities of Practice may post public, For Official Use Only (FOUO) or Sensitive But Unclassified (SBU) documents and information. Users may not post Classified or Law Enforcement Sensitive information or documents to the First Responder Communities of Practice under any circumstance. It is the user's responsibility to avoid the creation of information that could be considered SENSITIVE of CLASSIFIED in aggregate. For more information, click here. To read the site Rules of Behavior, click here.

About Us

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate's (S&T) First Responder Technologies (R-Tech) program works to protect America against terrorism and disasters by providing first responder solutions for high-priority capability gaps through rapid prototyping, technical assistance, and information sharing to save lives and maximize preparedness.