Telecommunicator CPR (T-CPR)

Telecommunicators are the true first responders and a critical link in the cardiac arrest chain of survival; a telecommunicator can make the difference between life and death.

One critical intervention strongly associated with survival is cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) started by a bystander. When CPR begins prior to the arrival of emergency medical services (EMS) personnel, the person in cardiac arrest has a two to three-fold higher likelihood of survival. An effective way to ensure that CPR is provided quickly is for the emergency telecommunicators to provide instant instructions with telecommunicator CPR (T-CPR). T-CPR allows bystander CPR to begin – it works by keeping the brain and heart alive until EMS arrives to… READ MORE

House Looks to Strengthen Public Safety Network Resiliency

The House of Representatives is looking to strengthen public safety network resiliency with two new pieces of legislation.

Earlier this week Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr., D-N.J., and Communications and Technology Subcommittee member Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Calif, introduced the Reinforcing and Evaluating Service Integrity, Local Infrastructure, and Emergency Notification for Today’s Networks Act, dubbed the RESILIENT Networks Act. The legislation will require “pre-planned coordination among providers of advanced…

Implementing E911 On-prem: Goals, Issues, Approaches

Are you responsible for making sure your IT solution is Kari’s Law and RAY BAUM’s Act compliant? If so, recent articles like this No Jitter article are a great place to start. The next step then is to determine what’s important and what to do. This article should serve as an introduction for operators of on-premises multi-line telephone systems (MLTSs) on how to implement E911-compliant solutions. This article will cover… READ MORE

Junction City EMS Uses FirstNet in Local, Regional, and National Response

Junction City EMS Uses FirstNet in Local, Regional, and National Response

By Brent Williams, Senior EMS Advisor, First Responder Network Authority

Junction City Fire Department’s EMS services a rural, Midwest community in Kansas, which presents some communication challenges. To address these challenges, Junction City Fire Department uses FirstNet, whether for long distance transports to the nearest trauma facility, coordinating regional recovery efforts after a tornado, or deploying across the country to respond to a national disaster. 
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Op-Ed: A conundrum — What will happen to FirstNet in Puerto Rico?

With the proposed sale of AT&T to Liberty Puerto Rico the Federal Communications Commission has to consider not only the inherent commercial elements of this transaction. They must also evaluate how does that transaction affect the public safety/emergency communications infrastructure in Puerto Rico, since the islands’ government “opted in” to be part of the nationwide FirstNet network…