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PSA ECHOES SENATOR ROCKEFELLER’S CALL FOR SUPPORTING NATIONWIDE PUBLIC SAFETY NETWORK

PUBLIC SAFETY ALLIANCE ECHOES SENATOR ROCKEFELLER’S CALL FOR SUPPORTING NATIONWIDE PUBLIC SAFETY NETWORK


Senator Kerry agrees to co-sponsor bill introduced by Rockefeller; bill to allocate D Block spectrum to public safety, providing critical communication during emergencies


WASHINGTON, D.C. – March 11, 2011 – In response to U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation Chairman John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV urging Members of Congress to pass legislation that would provide public safety officials with the spectrum they need to communicate during major-to-everyday emergencies, the Public Safety Alliance (PSA) – a partnership of the nation's leading public safety associations – today released the following statement:


“America’s first responders need a reliable nationwide broadband network that enables them to communicate with each other across large cities, vast rural areas and under extreme conditions,” said retired Police Chief Harlin McEwen, IACP representative to the PSA. “Sens Rockefeller and Kerry are taking the necessary steps to build the bridge to the next generation of public safety communications. We applaud their united efforts.”


“This is not a partisan issue – this is a life or death issue,” stated APCO Executive Director George Rice, “PSA encourages policymakers to support public safety and all Americans by supporting the Public Safety Spectrum and Wireless Innovation Act.”


About Public Safety Alliance

The Public Safety Alliance (www.psafirst.org) 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 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 why our Nation’s law enforcement, fire, and emergency medical services need to build out a nationwide, interoperable, 1-to-4G, wireless communications network to protect America.

For more information contact:

Yucel Ors

202-436-4558

orsy@apcomail.org

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