Public safety can achieve new levels of efficiency and effectiveness by leveraging new technologies, but this can only happen if leaders–elected officials and those within the first-responder community–are willing to embrace innovative ideas.
Just a week after a lack of radio interoperability hampered the response to the Washington Navy Yard tragedy, a six-member panel tomorrow will explore the challenges to interoperable communications during a webinar sponsored by Avtec.
William Pessemier—the former fire chief of Littleton, Colo., who oversaw incident command in the aftermath of the Columbine shootings—shared what he learned from the tragic event in terms of the importance of interoperability, radio-communications planning and incident command during a session at the recent Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) show in Anaheim, Calif.
Gary Parsons, CEO of NextNav, talks about improvements that have been made regarding indoor location, along both the vertical and horizontal axis, during last week’s Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO) conference in Anaheim, Calif.
When telecommunicators receive 911 calls from children, it is important to maintaining a calm,steady tone of voice, to provide constant reinforcement and to use short, simple sentences during the exchange, according to Briana Kelley–a training specialist for the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office–who. spoke on the topic this week at the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO) conference.
There are numerous challenges associated with public-safety answering points (PSAP) supporting text-to-911 service, but the need for this capability is so compelling that the 911 community must do everything possible to deploy it as soon as possible.
Reducing the number of devices that firefighters must carry is an important goal, but it may prove challenging to get radio, breathing apparatus and sensor vendors onto the same page; as a result, the answer may need to come from the military.