MERC Participates in First Responder Exercise at Guardian Centers

PERRY, GEORGIA (October 2, 2015)  MERC participated in a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) funded exercise at Guardian Centers last week involving approximately 800 first responders, including more than 300 personnel from the New York Fire Department (FDNY) Special Operations Command and Incident Management Team.

MERC provided assistance to the communications team to help resolve issues and diagnose radio interference, while also collecting 37 hours of audio data to help FDNY identify command and control challenges and lessons learned.  MERC also demonstrated new technology initiatives with members of the FDNY Research and Development (R&D) team.

The R&D team was particularly interested in unmanned systems and MERC was able to show them a Mercer University engineering student designed quadcopter that was manufactured by Middle Georgia State University students with funding and engineering support from MERC.


About Mercer Engineering Research Center

Mercer Engineering Research Center (MERC) is the research and applied engineering arm of Mercer University, a private university founded in 1833. For over 175 years the University has served Georgia as a highly-respected educational institution. In 1984, the School of Engineering was established at the Macon, Georgia campus, with the charter class beginning studies in 1985.

Two years later, in 1987, the Mercer Engineering Research Center was established under the School of Engineering to provide locally available engineering and scientific services and critical specialized technical skills. Today, MERC functions as a non-profit operating unit of the University, with the Executive Director, Dr. David Barwick, reporting directly to the University president, Mr. William D. Underwood.

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