On Thursday, April 29, 2021, from 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM (EDT), the Public Safety Next Generation 9-1-1 Coalition, of which the IAFC is a member, will host a webinar entitled “2021 Next Generation 9-1-1 Legislation: A Once-in-a-Generation Opportunity.” This webinar will discuss the provisions contained in H.R. 1848, the LIFT America Act that authorize a $15 billion nationwide rollout of Next Generation 9-1-1 capabilities.
The webinar will feature the following speakers:
- Commissioner Adam Thiel, Philadelphia Fire Department
- Sheriff Paul Fitzgerald, Story County (IA)
- Kevin McGinnis, National Association of State EMS Officials; and
- Captain Mel Maier, Oakland County (MI) Sheriff’s Office.
The Next Generation 9-1-1 language in H.R. 1848 provides $15 billion in grants to modernize the nation’s 9-1-1 infrastructure and facilitate the deployment of Next Generation 9-1-1 capabilities. This language also contains other provisions that will ensure Next Generation 9-1-1 technology is interoperable, protected against cyber threats, and deployed in consultation with local public safety agencies.
The IAFC is very supportive of this Next Generation 9-1-1 language and is working with the other members of the Public Safety Next Generation 9-1-1 Coalition to include it in Congress’s upcoming infrastructure package. In addition to the IAFC, the Next Generation 9-1-1 Public Safety Coalition consists of the: Major County Sheriffs of America, National Association of State EMS Officials, Major Cities Chiefs Association, National Sheriffs Association, International Association of Chiefs of Police, Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association and the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials – International.
You may register for this webinar here.
Ryan Woodward is a government relations manager for the IAFC.