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Communications & Technology Committee

Committee Chair
Paul Patrick, Division Director
Utah Department of Health

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Kevin McGinnis, MPS, Paramedic Chief (Ret.)
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  • State EMS Office Contacts for Broadband and Land Mobile Radio Purposes (Dec 2016)
  • Letter from IAFC to CTIA IAFC (11/09/16), speaking on behalf of IAFC, IACP, and NASEMSO, which are all members of the CTIA Advisory Group. The letter expresses concerns about the proposed structuring of the standards development.
  • 911 Legislation Tracking Database (NCSL)
  • EMS Office Assessment of the Status of Communications Systems in the States and Territories (06/30/15)
  • Communications Technology & Systems Committee 2014 Work Plan
  • FCC Public Notice DA 11-1189 (07/13/11) Security Bureau and Office of Engineering and Technology Provide Reminder of Jan. 1, 2013 Deadline for Transition to Narrowband Operations in the 150-174 MHz and 421-512 MHz Bands and Guidance for Submission of Requests for Waiver and Other Matters. This Public Notice from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) reminds licensees, frequency coordinators, equipment vendors, and other interested parties of the Federal Communications Commission’s January 1, 2013 deadline for private land mobile radio services in the 150-174 MHz and 421-512 MHz (VHF/UHF) bands to migrate to narrowband (12.5 kHz or narrower) technology. It also provides guidance for licensees that intend to submit requests for waiver of the deadline and sets forth additional information regarding the transition to narrowband technology.
  • NASEMSO Joins the Joint National EMS Leadership Conference and Three Fire and Police Associations in Providing Comments to the FCC on E911 Location Accuracy (10/04/11) NASEMSO on Oct. 3 joined the Joint National EMS Leadership Conference (JNEMSLC), of which NASEMSO is a member, and three fire and police associations in comments sent to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on the FCC's Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking examining E911 indoor location accuracy. The E911 rules require wireless carriers to provide 911 Centers the location of an emergency call but currently are not applicable to indoor environments. The coalition urged the FCC to make clear that carriers must provide indoor location information and that there be periodic testing to verify compliance. The lack of indoor accuracy requirements represents a significant gap hindering improved emergency response.

    The IACP, IAFC and NSA emphasized in comments addressing NG 911, PS Docket 10-
    255, that the capability to identify the location of 911 callers and public safety personnel is
    critical so that emergency service officers can promptly respond to their location when they are in trouble and need assistance. With America’s wide reliance on wireless services, there is an enormous and growing need for accurate outdoor and indoor location capability. An increasing concern is the large percentage of wireless 911 calls made indoors where GPS satellite signals are not reliable. Our experience demonstrates the seriousness of this challenge and why the Commission must act to require indoor accuracy standards. JNEMSLC agrees with this position.
  • Recent study demonstrating need for bandwidth provided by D Block (09/19/11)
  • Transportation Safety Advancement Group Announces Release of NG9-1-1 What's Next Report (08/30/11) The Transportation Safety Advancement Group (TSAG), a multidisciplinary forum promoting technology for public safety and providing guidance to the U.S. Department of Transportation Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office, announced the release of the NG9-1-1 What’s Next Forum Report, a series of white papers created by stakeholders in four emergency response disciplines—law enforcement, fire-rescue, emergency medical services and transportation—addressing the future of the Next Generation 9-1-1 system. news release | download report

    Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1), the migration of the emergency response system from the traditional analog to an IP-based system, will significantly change the quality and amount of information available to first responders. Officials described the report as a critical step for emergency responders planning to organize, share and use all of the digital data available in the next generation of 9-1-1.

    “To date, much of the discussion about NG9-1-1 has taken place in the technical arena,” said Dia Gainor, TSAG Chair and NASEMSO Executive Director. “The NG9-1-1 What’s Next project begins the discussion about how NG9-1-1 can help emergency response groups achieve their mission and addresses the cultural, organizational and operational environments in which the new system will be implemented.”

    The report, released at the National Rural ITS Conference in Coeur d’Alene, ID, is the result of the NG9-1-1 What’s Next Forum, held 2010 in Washington, D.C. At the forum, panelists from the four disciplines were separated into respective groups by discipline. Each group was asked to identify major challenges facing their professions and to discuss ways in which NG9-1-1 could help them fulfill their missions as emergency responders.

  • Comments of the Joint National EMS Leadership Conference on the Notice of Inquiry for a Framework for Next Generation 9-1-1 Deployment (02/25/11) The Joint National Emergency Medical Services Leadership Conference (JNEMSLC) submitted these comments the FCC in response to the Commission’s Notice of Inquiry (NOI) seeking comment on a framework for Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG-9-1-1) Deployment. This is a first ever FCC filing done jointly by the JNEMSLC, of which NASEMSO is a member. Download comments here.
        The JNEMSLC consists of five national EMS associations (National Association of State EMS Officials, National Association of EMTs, National Association of EMS Physicians, National Association of EMS Educators, and National EMS Management Association) whose members practice in, and in many cases lead, emergency medical care and transportation systems at the local, regional, state, and national levels in the United States. We are EMTs and paramedics, service chiefs and managers, emergency physicians, EMS educators, and system chiefs and regulators. As such, we are vitally interested in improving the speed with which the local EMS system receives information during a medical emergency that impacts the type and level of emergency care dispatched, the ultimate hospital destination selected, and the preparation of staff to diagnose and treat that patient when time is of the essence. We support the development of NG-9-1-1 capabilities to accomplish this.

  • National EMS D-Block (Public Safety National Broadband Network) Joint EMS Association Letter (09/21/10)

  • NASEMSO Letter Urging that EMS be Eligible for Universal Service Fund (USF) and Related Funding Under the FCC National Broadband Plan (09/07/10)

  • Ten National EMS Organizations, Including NASEMSO, Strongly Support S.3756: Public Safety Spectrum and Wireless Innovation Act of 2010 (09/21/20) Ten national EMS organization, including NASEMSO, sent a letter to Senator John D. Rockefeller, Chairman, Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, U.S. Senate, in support of his work in the area of public safety communications. The group strongly endorses S.3756: Public Safety Spectrum and Wireless Innovation Act of 2010, stating: "The universal availability of secure, reliable, priority access and public safety grade broadband communications is critical to the advancement of emergency medical care for patients in the United States. "The best way to assure this availability is to allocate the 700 MHz D block to public safety for use in conjunction with the 700 MHz broadband spectrum licensed to the national public safety broadband license holder, to fund network development, and to coordinate both sets of spectrum through that license holder and its public safety representative board." Download letter here.
  • NASEMSO Joins EMS Associations in Support of Allocation of 700MHzD to Public Safety (07/16/10)
  • Generic Narrowbanding Article for EMS Officials: This article on narrowbanding is current as of January 2010. It may be redistributed as-is with NASEMSO attribution, or it may be changed as needed by the distributing organization and distributed WITHOUT author or NASEMSO attribution ("adapted from an article by NASEMSO” is acceptable). NASEMSO encourages its widespread distribution.
  • NASEMSO Health Care Broadband Comments to FCC (12/4/09)
  • NASEMSO Health Care Comments Addendum to FCC (12/4/09 Addendum)
  • NASEMSO Rural Public Safety Comments to FCC (12/01/09)
  • NASEMSO Public Safety Broadband Comments to FCC (11/12/09)
  • Guide to Emergency Medical Services Information Communications Technology (ICT) Systems For EMS Officials, by the National Association of State EMS Officials With Support From the Office of Emergency Medical Services National Highway Traffic Safety Administration U.S. Department of Transportation (August 2008)