The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) announced the structure and membership of FirstNet’s Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC), composed of 40 representatives of public-safety organizations.
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In establishing the PSAC membership, FirstNet decided to leverage the current breadth and depth of knowledge within the Safecom program at Department of Homeland Security (DHS), funded and administered by its Office of Emergency Communications (OEC), to avoid creating an entirely new and potentially duplicative public-safety advisory body.
“I’m pleased that FirstNet will be partnering with DHS to enable the PSAC to commence its work advising the FirstNet Board,” said FirstNet Board Chairman Sam Ginn. “We welcome our PSAC’s ongoing input as we continue on this historic journey to build a nationwide public-safety broadband network.”
Numerous associations and groups are represented on the committee. “The comprehensive and inclusive nature of this advisory body gives me confidence we have reached deep into our stakeholders to seek advice and feedback,” said FirstNet board member Jeffrey Johnson, CEO of the Western Fire Chiefs Association. “I look forward to a robust exchange of ideas.”
The FirstNet Board at its inaugural meeting in September adopted a resolution designating a subgroup of Safecom as its public-safety advisory committee. The vice chairs of the PSAC were announced in November.
“FirstNet has assembled an outstanding group of associations and individuals on its PSAC,” said Harlin McEwen, chairman of the PSAC. “We are eager to roll up our sleeves and get to work in support of FirstNet’s critical mission.”
The organizational chart and list of groups represented is available here.
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