First Responder Authentication Credential (FRAC)
In the wake of 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina, U.S. emergency response officials found that effective disaster relief requires response teams from multiple areas and disciplines. Police, firefighters, medical professionals, and critical infrastructure personnel all support disaster control, rescue, triage, and reconstitution operations. Incident commanders must be able to reliably identify and manage the onsite resources.
In an environment where trust is imperative, the FRAC provides assurance of the responders' credentials:
|Who are they?||Identity (including name, photo, and electronic fingerprints)
|What can they do to help?||Knowledge, Skills and Attributes|
|Where are they from?||Mutual Aid and Emergency Management Assistance Compact [EMAC]|
|Where have they been?||Accountability|
Objectives of the National Incident Management System (NIMS)
Since 2008, FEMA's goals for the National Incident Management System included Objective 23: "Initiate development of a jurisdiction-wide system to credential emergency management/response personnel to ensure proper authorization and access to an incident including those involving mutual aid agreements and/or assistance agreements"
The Probaris ID™ solution helps jurisdictions fully meet this NIMS objective.
- Probaris ID is listed on the FEMA Approved Equipment List [AEL]: Item 04AP-05-CRED
- Federal grant funding can be used to cover 100% of the expenses of this approved AEL item
Compliance with NIMS Objective 23 and enhanced interoperability across jurisdictional boundaries are only two of the benefits of the FRAC solution provided by Probaris. The credentials are based on smartcard technology that is multi-functional to support:
- Building Access
- Computer and Network Access
- Fully PIV interoperable [PIV-I] to allow for trust across jurisdictional boundaries