S&T at World Fire Congress

May 7-8, 2024 | Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill | Washington, DC

S&T is pleased to participate in the U.S. Fire Administration’s inaugural World Fire Congress. The two-day event aims to establish a global fire leadership network that will strengthen fire services around the world.

Firefighter safety is an important part of the Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) First Responder Capability Program. Through partnerships with other agencies and private industry, S&T has developed technology solutions to help keep our communities safe and respond to disasters.

See the Advanced Hydrogen (H2) Fuel Cell Truck Prototype in Action!

May 8, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
DC Fire and EMS Museum,
439 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20005

On the second day of the World Fire Congress, S&T will host a demonstration of the H2Rescue vehicle at the DC Fire & EMS Museum. The H2Rescue prototype vehicle can be driven to disaster sites to provide power to emergency response operations for up to 72 hours.

Learn More About S&T Fire Safety Technology

  • C-THRU Real-Time Indoor Visualization System Helmet is a prototype helmet that delivers an augmented reality visual overlay of an environment in real-time. The helmet makes hazardous environments easier to navigate, which saves time, facilitates communication among crewmembers, and increases safety.
  • POINTER is a technology that first responders use to track and monitor the location of their team members in emergencies with precision. Using the POINTER system, firefighters can track team members to the exact floor in a building, and determine if they are still or in motion, standing upright or lying down. View the All About POINTER video.
  • Wildland Respirator. Too often, a scarf is the only respiratory protection wildland firefighters have against airborne hazards. S&T’s Wildland Firefighter Respirator project is developing a small, lightweight respirator that is easy to put on and take off. The respirator removes airborne hazards in the wildland firefighting operating environment.
  • Wildfire Sensors. Wildland fires are a clear and present danger to the U.S. and the world. S&T is working with the U.S. Fire Administrator and other partners to develop and test early wildfire detection technology to assist the Federal Emergency Management Agency and state and local emergency management partners.
         DHS recently announced the planned deployment of 80 wildfire sensors across the Hawaiian Islands. Read DHS Deploys Wildfire Sensors to Mitigate and Manage Fires in Hawaiʻi, Keep Communities Safe and Resilient to learn more about the wildlife sensor work. View the “Fire Sensor Technology” video.

Saving Lives Through Science and Technology

S&T works closely with first responders to improve their safety and effectiveness—lending expertise, conducting research and development, and funding innovation to ensure our nation’s public safety services are well-equipped to provide aid in times of crisis.

Refer to S&T’s Fighting Fires and Saving Lives Through Science and Technology document to learn more about our work supporting the firefighting and EMS communities.

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