FirstNet Expands PSAC Executive Committee, Forms Users Working Group
Monday, March 30, 2020 | Comments

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) unanimously approved changes to the Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC) charter. The PSAC was created to advise and guide FirstNet to ensure public safety’s needs are met with the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NSPBN).

The changes include adding the National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP) to the PSAC membership and increasing the PSAC Executive Committee from five to seven members.

The current Executive Committee members include Todd Early, PSAC chair, National Council of Statewide Interoperability Coordinators; Jonathon Olson, National EMS Management Association; Danae Wilson, National Congress of American Indians; and Mike Duyck, Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association. There is one vacancy, and two new members will be added. The new members will be announced in the coming weeks, said a FirstNet spokesperson.

“This will add perspectives to PSAC leadership and allow for more flexibility and input by more PSAC associations at the Executive Committee level,” Kenzie Capece, FirstNet senior public-safety advisor, said in a blog.

The board also created a PSAC operational users working group. Much like the PSAC’s tribal working group, the operational user working group will allow the PSAC to draw on the membership of PSAC associations using the FirstNet network in their operations and collect feedback from users.

“I would like to thank the PSAC Executive Committee for their careful consideration of these updates to the PSAC operations and the FirstNet Authority board for their unanimous support in approving them,” Capece said. “The FirstNet Authority leadership looks forward to continuing to work with the PSAC in the coming year on implementation.”

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