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Communication in an emergency is key to preserving life and property. In May, that component became even stronger along the Minnesota-Ontario border using the Allied Radio Matrix for Emergency Responders (ARMER). The 800 MHZ system was recently connected to Ontario’s public safety VHF trunked system. Several tests produced successful results. The connection provides EMS and fire units in the International Falls, Minn. and Fort Frances, Ontario areas with a shared communication resource. The cross-border interoperability will help in establishing a unified command involving agencies from both countries in the next mutual aid fire, rescue or law enforcement event.
Minnesota’s Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) personnel will soon receive a new tool to better facilitate the work they do on a daily basis. The Wireless E911 Routing Management (WERM) application is designed to streamline the wireless provisioning process. Minnesota’s 911 Statewide Program Manager, Dana Wahlberg, is meeting with PSAP’s from around the state in six training sessions before WERM’s anticipated launch in May.
The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) Board approved the Request for Proposal (RFP) to deploy the nationwide public safety broadband network (NPSBN). The Board’s approval advances FirstNet's Strategic Program Roadmap and moves FirstNet a step closer to establishing a public-private partnership to build, operate, and maintain the NPSBN. The FirstNet RFP is objectives based and incorporates public safety’s needs for a nationwide broadband network. The RFP is available now and applications are due by May 13, 2016. The award is anticipated by the end of the year.
View the FirstNet Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network RFP and ammendments.
Read the full press release for more information.
Details on FirstNet are available here.
ECN staff wished 911 Analyst Sharon Lewerer a happy retirement. Sharon served the state of Minnesota by working with telephone carriers and the NG911 network backbone. Her efforts resulted in the savings of hundreds of thousands of dollars. She was recognized not only by her team but by letters from Public Safety Commissioner Dohman and Governor Dayton. Best Wishes Sharon. We will miss you!