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New Legislation Will Have Significant Impact on Public Safety Communications in Florida

Posted on October 10, 2019 by Bonnie Maney

The State of Florida recently enacted legislation that has considerable implications for public safety agencies. The law was introduced after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission, an organization formed to analyze the 2018 events of the Parkland, Florida, high school shooting, highlighted several opportunities to improve public safety communications within the state.

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Proposed Three-Digit Suicide-Prevention ‘Lifeline’ Will Benefit Public Safety Communications

Posted on September 26, 2019 by Glenn Bischoff

About a decade ago, I received a call that no one wants to get—a beloved family member had committed suicide. He was schizophrenic, had tried a couple of times before—cry-for-help attempts, apparently—and he wasn’t good about taking his meds, so the call wasn’t unexpected. Nevertheless, it was stunning and sobering, with all of the “what could I have done to prevent this” questions running rampant amongst family and friends.

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Understanding What is Good in Public Safety Communications Networks

Posted on September 20, 2019 by Scott Neal

A key component of effective emergency response is the ability for first responders to communicate with each other, and with their dispatch or control center. Not only is it critical that they can communicate across a common network platform and within the same agency, it is equally important that they have the ability to communicate with first responders from other agencies across disparate platforms. Interoperability between agencies and first responders is a critical consideration for the effectiveness of any wireless network. However, network interoperability is only the tip of the iceberg.

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Life at MCP: Meet Jim Davis

Posted on September 17, 2019 by Morgan Sava

Our people and culture make Mission Critical Partners (MCP) a great place to work. Our "Life at MCP" series introduces our team members, the role they play in our organization and their passion for helping the public safety industry thrive.

Jim Davis, communications consultant at Mission Critical Partners (MCP), knows a thing or two about public safety communications.

His 37-year public sector career began as an EMT for a funeral home at eighteen. Shortly thereafter, he transitioned to a dispatcher for the Danville, VA, Fire Department, where he worked until he joined the Danville Police Department. It was there that Davis worked his way up to lieutenant, a position he held until 1995 when he took on the role of Pittsylvania County’s emergency services director. “I was enjoying the work as a lieutenant, but I felt like I needed another challenge,” Davis said.

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Implementing a Fresh Approach to Overcoming PSAP Staffing Challenges

Posted on September 10, 2019 by Bonnie Maney

In our first webinar event of 2019, our subject-matter experts discussed the trends to watch in the coming year and at the top of that list was the challenge agencies and leadership face when staffing public safety answering points (PSAPs). Today, nearly three-quarters of the way through the year, staffing remains one of the top two things that keeps PSAP managers up at night. If you ask a group of PSAP leaders what word comes to mind when they think of staffing, most of them aren’t going to say “good.” Instead, you’ll hear things like “tired,” “revolving door,” “challenging,” and “stressful.”

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