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Human systems integration (HSI) requirements for first responders.
Wilson-D; Lockett-Reynolds-J; Malone-T; Muse-Duma-K; Avery-L; Green-J
Sharpening the Spear: Integration and Interoperability for Warfighter Effectiveness. Human Systems Integration Symposium 2011, October 25-27, 2011, Vienna, Virginia. Alexandria, VA: American Society of Naval Engineers, 2011 Oct; :1-9
In catastrophic events (e.g., the collective impact of a severe earthquake, devastating tsunami, and nuclear fuel damage as occurred in Northern Japan), the role of the First Responder is critical and the demands on the First Responder are onerous. As First Responders perform various mission critical tasks (i.e., search and rescue, provide medical attention, transport victims, recover remains, fight fires, and monitor radiation) they have needs for a wide variety of technology and support systems. Addressing the human performance issues associated with various technology and systems is critical to ensuring mission success. The Human Systems Research and Engineering (HSRE) Program within the Human Factors and Behavioral Sciences Division of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate is responsible for developing Human Systems Integration (HSI) processes and best practices to improve the design of technologies for First Responder performance and safety, specifically in the areas of technology usability, reliability, supportability, safety, acceptability, and affordability. HSRE is also developing standards specifically for homeland security technology and systems, including an HSI design standard, in partnership with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and a design safety standard for the patient compartment of ambulances, in partnership with BMT Designers and Planners (D&P), the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and NIST. This paper will describe the application of HSI methods and metrics to technology and systems for First Responders.
Emergency-responders; Emergency-response; Police-officers; Paramedical-services; Fire-fighters; Humans
Sharpening the Spear: Integration and Interoperability for Warfighter Effectiveness. Human Systems Integration Symposium 2011, October 25-27, 2011, Vienna, Virginia
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