First Responder Definitions
The term "first responder"
refers to those individuals who in the early stages of
an incident are responsible for the protection and preservation
of life, property, evidence, and the environment, including
emergency response providers as defined in section 2 of
the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (6 U.S.C. 101), as well
as emergency management, public health, clinical care,
public works, and other skilled support personnel (such
as equipment operators) that provide immediate support
services during prevention, response, and recovery operations.
(6) The term “emergency response
providers” includes Federal, State, and local emergency
public safety, law enforcement, emergency response, emergency
medical (including hospital emergency facilities), and
related personnel, agencies, and authorities.