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Owning/Managing Organization: Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO)
Program Description: First responders and the public alike demand a more seamless, mobile communication network. The Department of Transportation is meeting this challenge by launching the Next Generation 9-1-1 program, an initiative to advance emergency communication services by allowing the public to place calls using multi-media services and share data in real time via Internet Protocol based networks. The Next Generation 9-1-1 initiative aspires to adopt FirstNet's broadband network, text-to-9-1-1 services, VoIP and SIP trunking and video relay services. Agencies are encouraged to align with these emerging technological developments by working with their state's emergency call centers to create a Next Generation 9-1-1 Integration Plan.
Objectives of Program: Take the first step in integrating state-of-the-art emergency communication technologies in your agency's performance plan to boost response efforts. To view examples of state plans, visit www.apcointl.org/resources/next-generation-communications-systems.html#.
How to Participate:
Partner with local emergency call centers and reach out to APCO or other consulting groups to draft the plan.
Work collaboratively over the course of 1 to 3 months to draft the plan.
Consultation costs vary by providers. Request support from within your agency to assist in the drafting process.
Create the plan as an agency and reach out to nearby agencies who've already completed a plan for assistance.