Public-Safety Groups Find Consensus on NG 9-1-1 Elements
Thursday, March 19, 2020 | Comments

Numerous public-safety groups met March 13 to develop consensus on the need for a collaborative effort to design, implement, fund and advocate for a nationwide upgrade to the nation’s critical 9-1-1 infrastructure.

The Major County Sheriffs of America (MCSA) and the Major Cities Chiefs Association (MCCA) cohosted the meeting in Washington, D.C., of 12 major public-safety organizations including the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), National Sheriffs Association (NSA), Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association (MFCA), Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), International Association of Firefighters (IAFF), National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO), Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International, National Emergency Number Association (NENA) and the National Association of State 911 Administrators (NASN).

“I want to thank the Major Cities Chiefs Association for cohosting this important discussion,” said MCSA President Peter J. Koutoujian. “We look forward to working with our public-safety partners to ensure an upgraded 9-1-1 infrastructure meets the needs of our agencies and communities and the demands of a modern society.”

During the meeting, the group moved toward a consensus position on critical elements that should be included in the next-generation 9-1-1 (NG 9-1-1) infrastructure platform. In addition, all of the organizations acknowledged the need to move quickly, so Congress can act to fund this nationwide priority.

“Convening stakeholders last week was a necessary step as we collectively look to upgrade our nation’s 9-1-1 infrastructure,” said Chief Art Acevedo, MCCA president. “Input from public-safety practitioners every step of the way will ensure NG 9-1-1 is effective, efficient and meets the needs of the communities we serve.”

Each organization has identified policy and technical experts that will serve as a working group reporting back to the Public Safety Leadership Group. The working group will interact regularly in the coming months and bring recommendations back to the leadership group for approval.

“It was important to bring the broader voices of public-safety leadership together into the NG 9-1-1 discussion,” said Sheriff Mike Bouchard, MSCA vice president, government affairs. “The dialogue was very productive, and I am pleased we agreed to move forward together on critical issues. There is more work to be done, but we have the right people at the table to complete the task at hand.”

“The group agreed on a number of principles for legislation to modernize our nation’s 9-1-1 infrastructure and the needed funding mechanisms to achieve this goal,“ said Jeff Johnson, IAFC past president.

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