The US military and the US Coast Guard have been deploying a new tool to try to identify and rescue stranded and injured people on the coastlines of the United States and Canada.
The new tool is called the Coast Guard’s Emergency Rescuers and Response (ERR) System, or ERS.
It was developed in partnership with the United Kingdom and Canada, and it was unveiled on Monday by the US military in the US state of Washington.
“It is an emergency response capability that is able to respond to a variety of situations that would not be possible with a standard response,” Lt Col Tim Durner, the commandant of the US Naval Academy, told reporters at the announcement.
“This new capability is much more flexible and can respond to more specific, life-threatening situations, such as when a person is trapped on the beach or has been severely injured on the shoreline.”
The ERS system is being rolled out across the US, Canada and the United Arab Emirates to help respond to “life-threatening emergencies”.
It can operate 24/7, with an emergency contact on the scene.
The system has been used in the past to rescue people in a fire or flood emergency, and to assist in search and rescue operations in the event of an aircraft crash.
It is expected to be rolled out to US military installations by 2021.
The deployment of ERS is part of a wider effort by the Pentagon to make the military more mobile.
The Pentagon announced plans to expand its mobile forces and deploy them more quickly to support the fight against ISIS in Iraq and Syria.
In a blogpost published last month, Gen Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that the new system will allow for “a more rapid and efficient response to the threats posed by improvised explosive devices, and other threats to our nation’s security”.
The deployment will also allow the US to carry out more of the jobs of the armed forces.
It comes as US President Donald Trump seeks to beef up the military by adding more troops to the US Central Command, the US defence umbrella that is responsible for US military operations around the world.
In an interview with Fox News, Trump said the US will spend “a fortune” on new military hardware, including a new air defence system, and an aircraft carrier, and a number of other major military moves.
“The cost of all that will be more than any country has ever spent,” he said.
“We’re spending $800bn or $900bn on this country.
We’re going to get it done.
We will be getting it done quickly.”