Fire Chief Gerald Reardon was elected chairman of SAFECOM, a mission-guided and stakeholder-supported public-safety communications program of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Emergency Communications (OEC). Chief Reardon, a long-time member of SAFECOM, is a chief engineer commanding the Cambridge (Massachusetts) Fire Department, where he has served in various capacities for nearly 40 years.Edson Named Executive Director of LA-RICS
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Chief Reardon is affiliated with several other public-safety organizations, including the Fire Chief’s Association of Massachusetts, International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).
The chief serves as the chairman of the Metrofire Mutual System, Metrofire Radio Communication, Metro Boston Homeland Security: Communication Interoperability Committee and the Project 25 Compliance Assessment Program Advisory Panel (P25 CAP AP). He is also a member of the Region 1 Regional Emergency Communications Coordination Working Group (RECWWG) and the commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety statewide interoperability committee. He is the jurisdictional point of contact for the city of Cambridge and is homeland security license commissioner for the city of Cambridge License Commission.
Reardon also serves as chair of SAFECOM’s Technology and Policy Committee and as a member of SAFECOM’s Executive Committee. He is a certified communications unit leader (COML) and communications unit technician (COMT).
More than 45 voting members of SAFECOM cast their ballots for the new chair of the program with several members nominated.
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