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Communication during an emergency is a key component in keeping people safe. That’s why emergency managers and public safety personnel are discussing Minnesota’s current interoperable communications processes in St. Cloud. Jim Stromberg, manager of Minnesota’s Allied Radio Matrix for Emergency Response (ARMER) program, kicked off the annual conference. Public safety professionals will also share best practices and build an understanding of key interoperability challenges in Minnesota.
Find more information about interoperability here.
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!