This is the latest in a series of blogs highlighting FirstNet’s Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC). The PSAC consists of members representing associations and agencies from all disciplines of public safety, as well as state, territorial, tribal, and local governments, and provides guidance and recommendations to FirstNet in carrying out its duties and responsibilities. Its input is invaluable to the development of the FirstNet network.
Emergency managers play a vital role in the public safety community. They work daily with local, regional, state, territory, tribal, and national entities focusing on resiliency, preparing for risks, and ensuring emergency plans are in place. In addition, emergency managers oversee communications networks and emergency services during disasters.
The International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) is an international organization with over 9000 members. The IAEM serves as an educational and professional development organization that administers two highly regarded emergency management programs: the Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) and Associate Emergency Manager (AEM).
The IAEM is highly influential within the emergency management community and has played a significant role in FirstNet’s continuing development. The association shares FirstNet updates with its member constituents through its IAEM Dispatch, as well as externally through its Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and LinkedIn pages. This past June, IAEM hosted a webinar that provided an overview of FirstNet’s current outreach efforts to the public safety community and on the tools potentially available in a fully integrated FirstNet and NG911 system.
As a member of FirstNet’s Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC), IAEM has focused on providing input to FirstNet on issues that are essential to emergency managers. IAEM’s PSAC representative is Joe Sastre, the Director of Emergency Management in Groton, Connecticut who is a strong advocate for emergency managers and has volunteered his expertise and guidance to the PSAC. In the video below, Joe stresses that FirstNet will provide emergency managers and first responders with priority use of a broadband network and will enable first responders to use developing technology.
“[FirstNet] is really going to allow us to take advantage of the emerging technologies,” he says. “FirstNet can improve our overview of situational awareness…I think it’s going to be a huge improvement in emergency response and protecting the public.”
In October, IAEM held its 64th Annual Conference in Savannah, GA, which had just been impacted by Hurricane Matthew a week before. The IAEM conference was the first major conference held in the city following the storm. Numerous experts in emergency management gave speeches, led general sessions, and facilitated breakout group discussions. There was also time for emergency managers from all different areas to get together and share best practices with each other.
FirstNet’s staff attended the event and had a booth set up in the expo hall to engage with IAEM members. There was a lot of interest in the FirstNet network, and emergency managers were able to ask questions related to their jobs and how the network could help them in their day to day and emergency operations.
To learn more about the IAEM, click here.
To learn more about the PSAC and its member associations, check out the PSAC Website.
See more in the video below: