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Hearings show “continued Congressional momentum” in support of D Block reallocation

Hearings show “continued Congressional momentum”

in support of D Block reallocation

WASHINGTON, D.C. – March 30, 2011 – U.S. House Homeland Security Chairman Peter King and Ranking Member Bennie Thompson presided over a committee hearing today entitled, “Public Safety Communications: Are the Needs of Our First Responders Being Met?” The hearing focused on the urgent need for police, fire and emergency responders to have sufficient wireless bandwidth to communicate effectively.

In response, Sean Kirkendall, a spokesman for the Public Safety Alliance (PSA), the nation’s leading advocate for thousands of first responders, issued the following statement:

“One of the most important results of today’s hearing is how it showed continued Congressional momentum for a dedicated nationwide public safety network. The challenge for Congress now is to move forward and pass legislation to create this network by September, the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

Organizations representing hundreds of thousands of first responders have repeatedly weighed in with Congress on the need for a dedicated nationwide communications network. It is the best, most efficient way to coordinate responses during emergencies, both large and small, every day incidents to major disasters. Judging by today’s hearing, this public safety message is getting through.

Chairman King and ranking member Thompson deserve major credit for their continuing efforts to highlight and solve this crucial issue. The police, fire and rescue teams that protect our nation every day will not only be watching this issue closely in the coming weeks, but will continue to weigh in.”

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About Public Safety Alliance

The Public Safety Alliance ( is a partnership of the nation's leading public safety associations, which includes the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the International Association of Fire Chiefs, the National Sheriffs’ Association, the Major Cities Chiefs Association, the Major County Sheriffs’ Association, the Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association, the National Emergency Management Association and the National Association of State EMS Officials. The partnership is operated as a program of APCO International.

The purpose of the Public Safety Alliance’s is to ensure law enforcement, fire and EMS agencies are able to use the most technologically advanced communications capability that meets the difficult, life-threatening challenges they face every day as they protect America.

The goal of the Public Safety Alliance is to raise awareness in Congress and the White House about what our Nation’s law enforcement, fire, and emergency medical services need to build out a nationwide, interoperable, 4G, wireless communications network to protect America.

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