Authorized Equipment List
The Authorized Equipment List (AEL) is a list of approved equipment types allowed under FEMA’s preparedness grant programs. The intended audience of this tool is emergency managers, first responders, and other homeland security professionals. The list consists of 21 equipment categories divided into categories, sub-categories and then individual equipment items. NOTE: There are no commercially available products listed; it only consists of equipment types.
Training systems that allow response personnel to safely engage one another in realistic training scenarios such as active shooter simulations. Systems include realistic delivery devices mirroring a department/agency issue or conversion kits for department-issued weapons, as well as marking cartridges that are delivered at low velocity for safe use with minimal personal protective equipment.
Devices that measure and triangulate the direction from which a radio frequency (RF) signal was transmitted. These devices, which may include handheld detectors, deployable networks, or fixed sensor networks, help identify the location from which signals (including interference signals) are being transmitted.
Devices that detect, identify and analyze radio frequency signals from radios, cellular devices, GPS, Wi-Fi, and other emitting devices. These devices can be used to identify transmissions from suspicious or threatening sources, including interference that may be blocking or damaging first responder communications.
Software-based artificial intelligence (AI) tools that help process, distribute, and analyze data from first responder systems, providing alerts and warnings to responders. Examples include the DHS Next Generation First Responder (NGFR) Assistant for Understanding Data through Reasoning, Extraction and Synthesis (AUDREY), as well as other AI-based data analytics and communications processing tools.
A laser-based detector capable of detecting specific radioactive elements (uranium, plutonium, cesium, etc.) without immediate proximity to the target. Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) is the best example of current line-of-sight technology. This type of detector can also be purchased in a configuration suitable for underwater nuclear materials analysis and identification.
CBRN SCBA - Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus certified as compliant with NFPA 1986 Standard on Respiratory Protection Equipment for Tactical and Technical Operations and certified by NIOSH as compliant with the CBRN approval criteria. This type of open-circuit SCBA and combination SCBA/SARs can be used by emergency services organizations for respiratory protection during tactical law enforcement, technical rescue, hazardous materials response, confined space entry, terrorist incident response, and similar operations where oxygen deficiency, particulates, toxic products, products of combustion, or other IDLH atmospheres exist or could exist at the incident scene. This type of SCBA/SAR is not suitable for fire-fighting operations (See 01AR-01-SCBA for fire-fighting SCBA). Worn with multiple ensemble configurations.
Handheld scanning device that uses technology such as backscatter x-rays or millimeter wave technology to indicate the presence of organic material. This allows detection of contraband organic material in areas such as tires, fuel tanks, etc.
Handheld or portable device for measuring the speed of vehicular traffic. Uses Doppler Radar or LIDAR technology to compute speed and display to user.
Fixed, portable, or vehicle-mounted mobile system consisting of imaging technology and optical character recognition software capable of determining the information on license plates.
Items of protective equipment that are worn by the wildland fire fighter to facilitate the carrying of gear (certified as compliant with NFPA 1977).
About the Standardized Equipment List
- The Interagency Board provides subject matter expertise on equipment used by first responders and other emergency management professionals.
- The Interagency Board maintains the Standardized Equipment List (SEL) which has most of the equipment types listed on the Authorized Equipment List.
- The numbering scheme for individual items on the Authorized Equipment List provides direct cross-referencing with the Standardized Equipment List.
- The Standardized Equipment List has relevant standards, training requirements and operating considerations for many of the equipment items.
- A link to the Standardized Equipment List will appear on each equipment item page.
About the System Assessment and Validation for Emergency Responders
- The System Assessment and Validation for Emergency Responders (SAVER) program produces market survey reports which provide operating information on individual commercially available items.
- Most equipment items have reports.
- The program site uses the same item numbers as the Authorized Equipment List and a link to their site will appear on each equipment item page.
- NOTE: They do not endorse any particular products or vendors.
FEMA is solely responsible for the content of the Authorized Equipment List. Reference herein to any specific commercial products, processes or services by trade name, trademark, manufacturer or otherwise does not necessarily constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the United States Government. Neither the United States Government nor any of its employees make any warranty, express or implied, including but not limited to the warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose by any specific commercial product, process or service referenced herein.