Legal Definition of 'First Responder'

This digest presents the results of National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Project 20-59(41), "Legal Definition of 'First Responder'." The research was conducted by Lew R. C. Bricker, Esquire, and Tanya N. Petermann, Esquire, of Smith Amundsen, Chicago, IL; Margaret Hines, Esquire; and Jocelyn Sands, J.D. James B. McDaniel, Esquire, was the Principal Investigator. This digest was prepared to answer the following questions: first, whether there is a definition of the term "first responder" in federal law, and second, if there is a definition in federal law, what is the definition's effect on the distribution of federal grant funding. This digest also contains an analysis of grants available from the federal government to aid state and local government entities in preparing for and responding to natural or manmade disasters and emergencies (i.e., grants that would be available to those who might be considered "first responders"). The grant programs are analyzed and described in terms of general information about each grant's guidelines for applicants and administration.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-59(41)

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW, Suite 225
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001
  • Project Managers:

    McDaniel, James

  • Performing Organizations:

    Transportation Research Board

    Technical Activities Division
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001
  • Start Date: 20141212
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 38412

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01547671
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-59(41)
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Dec 13 2014 1:00AM