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Press Release 07-138

Technology to the RESCUE

California program works with first responders, communities to find ways for science to improve disaster responses

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A man wears a back pack with a keyboard, camera, video viewer and microphone attached to him.

A demonstration of the EvacPack, a high-tech tool developed by the RESCUE team. The pack allows the user to send and receive up-to-the-minute information during a disaster response, including video, audio and text-based data. First responders had input into the design of the EvacPack.

Credit: University of California - Irvine


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RESCUE researchers observe first responders during an emergency response drill in California.

RESCUE researchers observe first responders during an emergency response drill in California. By observing how first responders conduct their missions, researchers can better understand how disaster responses unfold and look for opportunities to contribute new tools or practices.

Credit: University of California - Irvine