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PUBLIC SAFETY PRESS CONFERENCE MARKING 10 YEAR REMEMBRANCE OF 9/11 ATTACKS ON AMERICA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

CONTACT: Yucel Ors (202-436-4558)

orsy@apcomail.org

September 6, 2011


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PUBLIC SAFETY PRESS CONFERENCE MARKING 10 YEAR REMEMBRANCE OF 9/11 ATTACKS ON AMERICA



What: PSA Press Conference Marking 10th Anniversary of 9/11 Terrorist Attacks

Where: The National Press Club in Washington, DC

When: Friday, September 9 at 11:30 p.m. EST

Why: To Mark the 10 Year Remembrance of 9/11 attacks, honor victims and call for Public Safety Broadband Network

Public Safety officials will meet to remember and honor the fallen first responders of the 9/11 terrorist attacks as well as the thousands of civilian victims. The press conference will also address the need for Congress to swiftly enact S.911 and allocate the D block spectrum to public safety to create a reliable, interoperable public safety network so America’s first responders can better protect our nation.


Leaders representing 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 Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International, the National Emergency Management Association and the National Association of State EMS Officials will attend and participate in the conference, and there will be a presentation that illustrates the visual enhancement and higher quality video that a broadband network could provide to public safety.


“Later this week, the nation will recognize the 10-year remembrance of the 9/11 terrorist attacks,” said PSA spokesman Dick Mirgon. “We will never forget the fallen heroes from the public safety community who rushed into burning buildings to save innocent victims, as well as the thousands of civilian heroes who gave their lives. In their memory, Congress should act on one of the final outstanding recommendations from the 9/11 Commission to give every first responder and citizen the comfort of an interoperable nationwide broadband network that is critical to saving lives during emergencies, from every day incidents to disasters and terrorist attacks. Congress must immediately pass S.911.”


About PSA

The Public Safety Alliance is a partnership with 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 purpose of the PSA 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 everyday as they protect America. The partnership is operated as a program of APCO International.


About APCO International

APCO International is the world’s largest organization of public safety communications professionals. It serves the needs of public safety communications practitioners worldwide—and the welfare of the general public as a whole—by providing complete expertise, professional development, technical assistance, advocacy and outreach.


Members of the media can RSVP for the press conference by emailing duboisl@apcointl.org.

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