Strengthening A Weak Link

Communications seems to be a weak link in many areas and public safety communications is no exception. Bringing together public safety communications and emergency management is part of Governor Brown’s initiative to strengthen this vital link.

9408051199_67395dc4b5_zThis is just one of the issues being addressed at this week’s Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) Western Regional Conference. The 5-day conference in Downtown Sacramento is the largest gathering of public safety communications west of Mississippi. The convention offers hundreds of industry training and educational sessions for public safety personnel and boasts over 50,000 square feet of the latest in communications industry innovation, new insights, tools and networking.

One of the event’s key presenters was Assistant Director Karen Wong of Public Safety Communications at Cal OES. In her presentation, Wong shared how California is setting precedence in the strategic framework and tactical direction of 9-1-1 network infrastructure, FirstNet and much more.

This conference is bringing together over 800 public safety communications officials throughout the western region to discuss pertinent issues such as the rollout of FirstNet.

DSC02784Featured this morning during the opening session was Cal OES Director Mark Ghilarducci who expressed gratitude to the hundreds of public safety and public service practitioners who provide a range of support including law enforcement, fire protection, emergency management, and other services to millions of people in the western states every year.

“In order to effectively provide these services, the State’s public safety agencies must be able to communicate as they prepare for, respond to, and recover from routine and emergency operations, natural disaster, and even acts of terrorism,” said Ghilarducci.

If you are in the Sacramento area, you don’t want to miss the 7th Annual California Mobile Communications Center Rally that’s going to be held on Thursday April 9th outside the convention center. This event will feature some of the newest and most state of the art Mobile Command Center Vehicles in use today by Public Safety Agencies.

About Cal OES Public Safety Communications

PSC serves the State of California by providing public safety communications to the State’s first responders and oversight of the 9-1-1 system to the People of California. The PSC is dedicated to the preservation and protection of human life and public safety by delivering reliable and dependable communication services keeping the public connected during times of crisis.

About APCO International

APCO International is the world’s oldest and largest organization of public safety communications professionals and supports the largest U.S. membership base of any public safety association. It serves the needs of public safety communications practitioners worldwide – and the welfare of the general public as a whole – by providing complete expertise, professional development, technical assistance, advocacy and outreach.

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