Saturday, September 25, 2004

Cincinnati COPS ICTP Grant: "The news that Cincinnati is getting nearly $6 million to upgrade communication equipment has at least one Northern Kentucky fire chief beaming. 'I am ecstatic that my friends from the city of Cincinnati got this grant,' Covington Fire Chief Joe Heringhaus said. The reason for Heringhaus' joy is that the grant money stands to directly benefit his and seven other Northern Kentucky cities. "

Thursday, September 16, 2004

Pennsylvania Releases Results of Radio System Review: "The Rendell Administration today [9/9] released the results of an independent review of the Statewide Public Safety Radio System along with the Administration's comprehensive plans for addressing issues identified in the review that will affect the system's successful completion. The review, conducted by public safety communications consultant iXP Corp., found that although the project has challenges to overcome, the technology will work and the Commonwealth should continue to move forward."

Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Panel reviews integration of communications systems: "[SAFECOM] accomplishments include the RapidCom Initiative, which provides training to 10 urban areas in how to respond to emergency situations. The program is a 'catalyst for these areas to begin to institutionalize routine training and exercises, governance meetings, standard operating procedures, and more frequent use of interoperable communications,' [Dr. David] Boyd said. "

"SAFECOM expects to publish an architectural framework by the third quarter of fiscal 2005, Boyd said. It also closed a request for proposals period Tuesday for a means to develop an accurate assessment of the situation and expects to begin work no later than December, he said.SAFECOM expects to publish an architectural framework by the third quarter of fiscal 2005, Boyd said. It also closed a request for proposals period Tuesday for a means to develop an accurate assessment of the situation and expects to begin work no later than December, he said."
Experts Urge Leadership, Funding to Resolve National Communications Interoperability Crisis: "Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI), a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and co-chair of the U.S. House Law Enforcement Caucus, today joined other experts at a New Millennium Research Council (NMRC) panel presentation in calling on Congress and the Administration to act now on public safety communications interoperability issues."
Kentucky Homeland Security Grants to Improve Communications: "Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher has announced that the majority of the FY2004 $35 million in Homeland Security grants that the state has received will be put towards improving communications for first responders and will bring Kentucky closer to having a statewide voice and date interoperable network."
Responders sound off: "State and local first responders and emergency officials said nationwide interoperable communications need sustained funding and attention from Congress."

Monday, September 06, 2004

Gaps in communication: "If the airliner hijackings of Sept. 11, 2001, drove a dagger into the nation's heart, the news that followed was a splash of salt on its wound."

Contra Costa Times does an in-depth review of communications interoperability. Despite conclusions about September 11th that may or may not be well founded, the reporters dive deeply into the subject.

Friday, September 03, 2004

Jackson County (MI) Emergency exercises: "... Radio communications, or interoperability, was identified as a shortfall in a county emergency needs assessment last year. For the terrorism exercise, participants relied on Nextel and state-police lent radios, which created a few hitches. ... If it went perfectly, it wouldn't have been an effective exercise because we wouldn't have learned anything,' said Lt. Steve Rand, Emergency Management Section director. "

Thursday, September 02, 2004

Michigan State Police & Project Management: "Costly IT project failures are expensive and all too common. The Michigan State Police department is dealing with one potential problem by developing a Project Management Office and a funding template. It's hoped the template will solve a long-standing dilemma: IT projects often flop due to lack of foresight and failure to develop a funding stream that addresses long-term maintenance and upkeep issues. "
Panel OK's $12.2m for communications gear: "Concord, N.H. - A state advisory panel yesterday approved spending $12.2 million in federal homeland security funds to buy portable and mobile radios that would enable firefighters and emergency responders statewide to talk with each other and police. The Homeland Security Grant Review Board also unanimously voted to spend $600,000 in homeland security money to equip the state's 10 regional hazardous materials teams."
First responder network grows quietly: "Battelle Memorial Institute today demonstrated its Disaster Management Interoperability Service, a network backbone for connecting first responders that has quietly gained nationwide acceptance over the past year. The demonstration, in Arlington, Va., was part of a briefing on Battelle's research into biodefense technologies. More than 735 organizations have adopted DMIS, and a handful of states, including Connecticut, Florida and Maryland, have chosen to roll out the system statewide. According to Battelle officials, DMIS has been used in nearly 50 actual disasters, including Hurricanes Isabel and Charley. "