of Homeland Security Directorate of Science and Technology
researches and organizes the scientific, engineering and technological
resources within the United States. It leverages these tools to
protect the homeland. The ICBRNE pilot program was created to move
accurate and timely data from the field to locations where it can
be analyzed by subject matter experts and appropriate response decisions
Before the ICBRNE program was created getting accurate information
from a confined space was extremely difficult. At the same time
Environment Engineering began working with large companies
that had more people, more spaces and noisier equipment.
Having someone outside to check on the well-being of a person inside
was difficult with multiple, loud spaces where it was impossible
to hear or see the confined person. Responders wearing heavy suits
and face protection often could not read data through the masks.
Whatever data they could decipher, could not be broadcast through
unreliable and indecipherable audio channels.
More than 10 years ago, we began developing the ICBRNE program
and system components, the first electronic method that could check
on worker well-being using off-the-shelf instruments that were linked
through a wireless system. We also sold the product to the Los
Angeles Police Departments hazardous materials
team, which was facing similar difficulties.
After the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Safe Environment
Engineering began partnering with the Department
of Homeland Security to create federal interoperability
standards, Common Alerting Protocol, and received funding to further
develop the ICBRNE program.
The Department of Homeland Security then chose Safe Environment
Engineering, along with other Southern California partners, to launch
the ICBRNE program, further positioning our team as a leader in
ensuring our first responders are equipped to keep the American