The First Responders Group of the Department of Homeland Security‘s science and technology directorate has launched a mobile application that provides response teams access to search-and-rescue protocols, strategies and other information.
DHS said Wednesday the Lost Person Behavior app works as a field guide for first responders who do not have the extensive and specialized training of experienced SAR teams.
“The app incorporated the feedback from SAR teams across the country for the development a comprehensive set of data, such as what questions to ask and what resources to use,” said Christine Lee, a program manager at DHS S&T.
The app also provides information such as step-by-step instructions, tactical briefings, scenarios and statistics based on more than 150,000 missing persons cases.
DHS noted that the paid app is now available to download from Amazon.com, Apple iTunes and Google Play.
Virginia-based small business dbs Productions developed the Lost Person Behavior app under the Small Business Innovation Research program, according to DHS.