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  • The IAB was founded in 1998 by the Department of Defense's Consequence Management Program Integration Office and the Department of Justice's Federal Bureau of Investigation Weapons of Mass Destruction Countermeasures. Original Co-Chairs of the IAB were Major (at the time of inception) Adrian T. Bogart III and Supervisory Special Agent John N. Frank.

  • If you'd like to get in touch with any member of the IAB, simply send the Program Office a message via our organizational email address (info@interagencyboard.us) and we will contact them on your behalf. You will then hear from the member directly.

  • Please submit the item to the Program Office at info@interagencyboard.us and the Program Office will begin the process. It will be forwarded to the Equipment SubGroup (ESG), who manages the SEL, for screening to see if we already have a suitable item on the list. If not, the item will be discussed for possible inclusion.

  • The Standardized Equipment List (SEL) is provided to the responder community by the InterAgency Board for Equipment Standardization and Interoperability (IAB). The SEL has traditionally contained a list of generic equipment recommended by the IAB to local, state, and federal government organizations preparing for and responding to all chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive (CBRNE) events. This edition continues the transition to a broader "all-hazards" SEL, while maintaining an emphasis on CBRNE events. The SEL is a guideline, and its use is voluntary. The SEL promotes interoperability and standardization across the response community at the local, state, and federal levels by offering a standard reference and a common set of terminology. The IAB does not assume any liability for the performance of equipment items mentioned in the SEL.

  • Yes, in addition to members, there are two other important ways people may participate in and contribute to the work of the IAB: as invited Subject-Matter Experts (SME) and Guests. Typically, non-members include retired first responders or representatives from national professional or standards making associations; however, active first responders from all levels of government seeking to acquaint themselves with the IAB may also be invited to participate as SMEs and/or Guests. Please keep in mind that SMEs and Guests attend Board Meetings at the invitation of the IAB. If interested, please submit a resume and CV/bio to the IAB Program Office via the contact form (LINK) with your experience and which SubGroup you are interested in participating with. Please visit the SubGroups page listed under the "About" tab, to learn more about each of the IAB's SubGroups. Once received the Program Office will forward your information to the appropriate SubGroup Co-Chairs. If the Co-Chairs feel you are a good candidate for the SubGroup, you will then be contacted.

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