The interoperability of public safety communications systems is critical to protecting the lives and property of the citizens of Maryland. As technology is enhanced these communication systems must also be enhanced to ensure police and firefighters responding to a routine incident can talk to each other to coordinate efforts. Of course, in these difficult financial times, the State and local jurisdictions need to pool their resources for interoperability and not duplicate systems. This session will discuss the importance of interoperability and system enhancements, how the counties benefit, and provide specific examples of what is working in the county community.
Speakers include: Ray Lehr, Interoperability Director, State of Maryland; Clay Stamp, Emergency Services Director, Talbot County; and, Chip Jewell, Director, 911 Center, Frederick County.
An event in Washington, D.C. Governor O’Malley is attending with Vice President Biden will highlight the importance of such communication networks. Last year, Maryland’s Board of Public Works approved a$485 million contract to begin building a single communications network to link all first responders and state officials across Maryland.