SOURCE: First Responder Products

November 01, 2007 09:28 ET

First Responder Products Inc. Becomes Distributor for X-Bot® Robotics

SCOTTSDALE, AZ--(Marketwire - November 1, 2007) - First Responder Products Inc. (OTCBB: FRPD) announced today that, as part of its continuing efforts to become an industry leader in providing high-tech products and solutions to the first responder community, it has become a distributor for the X-Bot® line of robotics products developed by Innovative Response Technologies, Inc. (IRT). The X-Bot® is a remotely controlled vehicle developed to provide military, law enforcement and emergency response professionals with an easy-to-use, rapidly deployable tool for explosive ordnance disposal. As part of the distribution agreement, First Responder Products will also be marketing IRT's new BomBot® 2 robot system to United States government agencies and military organizations, and to domestic law enforcement, emergency response agencies, corrections departments, first responders and private security professionals.

Improvised explosive devices, or IEDs as they are commonly called, have become a weapon of choice of terrorists on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan, and on public transit systems in Britain, Spain and India. According to Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff, IEDs are increasingly becoming a homeland security threat. The BomBot® 2 is capable of deploying a 10 lbs. explosive counter measure to IEDs.

The rugged, remote-controlled device features military batteries allowing more than three hours run time, an improved pan/tilt mechanism and cameras and a new control system for enhanced operating distance and video feed quality. The revolutionary, modular platform enables operators to configure the X-Bot® to meet mission needs. If the scope of the mission changes, the operator can instantly reconfigure the X-Bot® with one of the alternative payloads. Payloads can be instantly attached or detached from the platform. The specially designed payload suites have been developed to meet the varying mission requirements of first responders.

"The BomBot® 2 represents the future of easy-to-use, rapidly deployable, affordable Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) robot systems," said First Responder's Chief Operating Officer Richard Reincke. "First Responder Products will help bring this vital technology to more first responders to meet the domestic homeland security mission."

The Department of Homeland Security has undertaken an array of activities designed to prevent the detonation of IEDs inside the United States and against American interests abroad. In the past two months, Homeland Security Secretary Chertoff has repeatedly spoken about the threats of IEDs in the United States, and maintained that American cities should prepare for such events. Secretary Chertoff has also attempted to gather support to create a national policy on domestic IEDs. Secretary Chertoff is looking to increase research and development of counter-IED technologies that would be implemented at air cargo facilities, airport checkpoints, baggage screenings, mass transit systems and transportation infrastructure such as bridges and tunnels.

About IRT:

IRT® is a subsidiary of the West Virginia High Technology Consortium (WVHTC) Foundation. The Scientific Research Group, a department of the WVHTC Foundation, specializes in developing and designing products for a number of U.S. government agencies. IRT® delivered over 2,300 BomBots® (more than any other robot developer) to U.S. forces in 2006.

About the Company: First Responder Products, Inc. is premier distributor of specialized products for public safety, homeland security, and military applications. The company acts as a distribution hub for a variety of established manufacturers and also helps introduce new product lines. Through its various websites the company streamlines the product procurement process by providing end users with a convenient, centralized destination to examine and purchase a wide selection of products. The company also provides an extensive webcast and podcast library of informational content to the first responder community.

This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results, events and performance could vary materially from those contemplated by these forward-looking statements. These statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that may cause the company's actual results in future periods to differ materially from results expressed or implied by forward-looking statements. You should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements because they involve these risks and uncertainties. You should independently investigate and fully understand all risks before making investment decisions.

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    Richard Reincke

    Andrew Barwicki
    Investor Relations