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U.S. Army Soldier & Biological Chemical Command
U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center-Natick
Public Affairs Office
Kansas Street
Natick, MA 01760-5012

Contact: Chief, Public Affairs Office
(508) 233-5340

Date: March 13, 2001
No: 01-15

Fire and Emergency Services Technology Innovation Conference

NATICK, Mass. -- The National Protection Center, in conjunction with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), has scheduled the Fire and Emergency Services Technology Innovation Conference at the U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center (Natick) March 28-30 in Hunter Auditorium. A draft agenda, as of today's date, is attached.

Members of the NFPA Fire and Emergency Services Protective Clothing and Equipment Technical Correlating Committee and related Technical Committees will discuss technology innovation with a goal of bringing together committee members--composed mainly of active fire and emergency service professionals, and industry representatives--to better understand the philosophy and methodology of the soldier as a "system."

NFPA and IAFF hope that the conference will be a new beginning and acceptance of the emergency responder as a "system."

Representatives from government agencies and businesses will speak about a wide range of topics, such as firefighter location tracking requirements, multi-functional fabric and intelligent textiles, and personal communications systems. Technical Committees develop equipment performance standards for structural, emergency medical, hazardous materials, respiratory, special operations, urban search and rescue, and wildland fire emergency response missions.

The NFPA develops and issues performance standards for fire and emergency services protective clothing and equipment. This process includes structural, hazardous materials, proximity, special operations, urban search and rescue, personal alarm, respiratory protection, emergency medical and wildland emergency response missions.

Seven Technical Committees, with 30 members each, are continually revising existing standards and developing new performance standards. Protective clothing and equipment must be certified by independent testing organizations as meeting these guidelines.

The National Protection Center is a joint agency pilot program, alliance-driven center of expertise that researches, develops and accelerates fielding of advanced protective technologies intended to save lives and reduce injuries to military and civilian personnel engaged in high-risk occupations or conducting missions in extreme environments on earth or encountered in space.

Natick is part of the U.S. Army Soldier and Biological Chemical Command (SBCCOM). For more information about SBCCOM or the Soldier Systems Center (Natick) please visit our web site at

For more information about this conference, please contact either Mr. William Haskell at (508) 233-4477 or Ms. Lynn Valcourt at (508) 233-6273.

8:00-9:00 Registration Headquarters Bldg Lobby
9:00-9:05 Welcome for the Commander's Office Ms. Susan Butler
9:05-9:20 Welcome and Meeting Objectives Mr. Richard Duffy Chairman, FAE-AAC
9:20-9:30 Administrative Remarks Mr. William Haskell National Protection Center
9:30-10:00 Soldier Systems Center Overview Mr. Philip Brandler Director, NSRDEC
10:00-10:30 System Integration Mission for Land Warrior Mr. William Brower PM Soldier Systems
10:30-10:50 Break
10:50-11:35 Scorpion 2010 - Future System Development Ms. Cheryl Stewardson, NSRDEC NSRDEC- Warrior Systems Integration Team
11:35-12:05 Biometrics Program Ms. Elizabeth Roland NASA AMES
12:05-12:35 Requirement and Technology Solutions for Military Operations in Urban Terrain (MOUT) Mr. Adam Fields
Mr. Matt Daly NSRDEC-MOUT Office
12:35-1:50 Lunch
1:50-2:20 Digital Military Police Program Overview & Demonstration Mr. Henry Girolamo, NSRDEC
Mr. Mark Chandler, NSRDEC
2:20-2:50 Navy Clothing and Textile Research Facility Overview, Wireless Fire Fighter Ensemble Introduction NCTRF Mr. Harry Winer
2:50-3:20 Damage Control Action Management Software Electronic Innovations, Inc Mr. C.J. Adams
3:20-3:40 Break
3:40-4:10 Wireless Fire Fighter Ensemble Hardware Mr. Chris Mitchell
General Dynamics - Bath Iron Works (BIW)
4:10-4:30 Municipal Use of Wearable Computers Mr. Vince Quintana
General Dynamics - BIW
4:30-4:35 Future Development Opportunities Mr. Harry Winer
4:35-5:05 Personal Communications Systems Mr. Seth Leyman Communications-Applied Technology
5:05-5:35 Thermal Imaging Camera Performance Requirements & Equipment Demonstrations Mr. David Randall
Mr. Michael Bentley
Thursday, 29 March 2001
7:30-8:00 Registration Headquarters Bldg. Lobby
8:00-8:20 Wearable PC Technologies for Public Safety Mr. Robert Palmquist
VIA Inc.
8:20-8:50 Display Technologies for Public Safety Dr. Noa Rensing
MicroOptical Corp.
8:50-9:10 Digital Information Applications for Public Safety Mr. Chuck Busick
Microvision, Inc
9:10-9:40 Communications Technologies for Soldier and Fire Fighter Missions Mr. Göran Johnson
IDG Europe AB
09:40-10:10 National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory Mr. Richard Metzler
10:10-10:30 Break
10:30-1:15 Respiratory Protection Standards Development
Army Respiratory Protection R&D
Mr. Wayne Davis
11:15-11:45 Chemical Weapons - Improved Response Program, Chemical Agent Threats, IRP Law Enforcement Chemical Protection Dr. Paul Fedele
Mr. Bill Lake
11:45-12:15 Commercial Equipment Test & Evaluation Mr. Frank Dipetro
SBCCOM - Dom Prep
12:15-1:30 Lunch
1:30-1:45 Doriot Chambers Ms. Jane Simpson, NSRDEC
1:45-2:30 Multi-Functional Fabric and Intelligent Textiles Ms. Carole Winterhalter, NSRDEC
Mr. Maurice Larrivee, NSRDEC
2:30-3:00 Micro-Climate Conditioning Mr. Brad Laprise, NSRDEC
Mr. Roger Masadi, NSRDEC
Mr. Walter Teal, NSRDEC
3:00-3:15 Break
3:15-3:45 Engineered Textiles and Heated Garment Technology Mr. Tom Lang
Malden Mills, Inc.
3:45-4:30 Improved Interfaces for Chemical Agent Protective Ensembles Mr. Cleveland Heath, NCTRF
Advanced Chemical Protective Suit Technology Mr. Quoc Troung, NSRDEC
Dr. Eugene Wilusz
4:30-5:00 Glove R&D Initiatives, Capabilities and Products Mr. David Querim
Ms. Kathleen Swift
5:00-5:30 Anthropometric Considerations/Expertise Dr. Brian Corner,NSRDEC
Friday, 30 March 2001
8:00-8:30 Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine COL. John Obusek
Commander, USARIEM
8:30-9:00 Fire Fighter Location Tracking Requirements Prof. David Cyganski
Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI)
9:00-9:30 Personnel Physiological Status Monitoring Dr. Reed Hoyt USARIEM
9:30-10:00 Ultra-Wide Band Technology Dr. Barry Ashby, Time Domain
10:00-10:15 Break
10:15-10:45 Fire Fighter Location and Tracking Mr. Mathew Herl, APETEC Microsystems
10:45-11:15 Fire Fighter Location and Tracking Mr. John Hoffman, ViaSat, Inc
Mr. John O'Mara, Electronic Innovators, Inc
11:15-12:00 Tracking RF Identification Tags & Augmented Reality Visualization Technology Dr. Chuck Benton, Systems, Inc.
12:00-12:15 Closing Comments Mr. Richard Duffy
12:15-1:30 Lunch