Arkansas Selects Federal Engineering to Help with PSAP Consolidation, Funding
Monday, October 26, 2020 | Comments

The state of Arkansas selected Federal Engineering to develop a plan that addresses the potential consolidation of public-safety answering points (PSAPs) and makes recommendations to the Arkansas 911 Board to fund up to 77 PSAPs.

The plan aligns with the goals and objectives outlined in the “State of Arkansas Statewide NG9-1-1 Plan” and migration path towards next-generation 9-1-1 (NG 9-1-1) services throughout the state.

“Arkansas is a constitutional home rule state and decisions related to 9-1-1 and public-safety communications are most often made at the local level,” said Colton Engel, executive director for the Arkansas 911 Board. “Pursuant to the Public Safety Act of 2019, which was enacted during the 92nd General Assembly of the State, the Arkansas 911 Board is required to develop a feasibility strategy and plan by January 1, 2022, to provide funding for no more than 77 PSAPs within the State. There are currently 102 PSAPs in the state.”

Federal Engineering will develop a strategic plan to recommend how PSAPs can be consolidated technologically and/or physically to achieve operational and cost efficiencies.

“However, any consolidation that may take place will be the initiative of an individual county or municipality or a group of counties and/or municipalities,” Engel said.

FE will develop a feasibility strategy that includes:
• Discussion of the consolidation of PSAPs, functions, enhanced 9-1-1 service areas and physical facilities of two or more PSAPs, resulting in the consolidated enhanced 9-1-1 service area;
• Discussion of the consolidation of two or more PSAPs using shared services technology to combine PSAP systems, including 9-1-1 call processing equipment, CAD, mapping, radio and logging recorders;
• Examination of PSAP equipment life-cycle replacement to minimize waste. • Assessment of how all of these elements can be leveraged to create an emergency services network that encompasses 9-1-1, public-safety voice communications and First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) data and will utilize the planned emergency services IP network (ESInet);
• Review of Arkansas Code 12-10-305, Arkansas Code 12-10-318 and Arkansas Code 12-10-326 and other relevant code provisions to determine the most efficient method of distributing public-safety fee revenues to support a network of consolidated PSAPs and consolidated 9-1-1 communication networks.

“We are thrilled that Arkansas recognizes the depth of our firm and has selected us for this important statewide effort,” Federal Engineering President Ronald F. Bosco said. “The state can rely upon our decades of experience to deliver recommendations that are both practical and implementable.”

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