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.
Fixed or portable systems that can detect the presence of unmanned aircraft systems, and track them in flight. May have additional capability such as identification of type or identification friend or foe (IFF). May also have capability to locate associated control station. Systems with interdiction capabilities are not allowable.
Communication system for use by emergency medical personnel that aids in triage, treatment, and transport of victims by providing a framework for event-based multi-team communication with data capture and exchange. Using smartphones or tablet devices and Internet connectivity, these systems provide workflow-based entry of critical patient information, and interactive transmission of this data to hospital resources and affiliated healthcare organizations. Such systems may also provide interactive video and telemedicine support to medical responders, as well as aid selection of transport destination based upon patient requirements and destination facilities.
Post-fire decontamination solutions and wipes, alcohol and solvent-free.
Supplies and equipment to support animal decontamination, such as lick prevention collars (cones), mess bags & clippers. (Does not include cages or transport items. See Section 16 for those items.)
Solutions specifically intended for the decontamination of animals, including specialty animals such as drug and explosive detection canines.
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.
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.
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.