Let Me See That (IT) Timesheet

Public safety answering point directors focus on ways to get those most out of information technology contracts and personnel at their meeting in central Maryland.

Ross Coates chairs Maryland’s Emergency Communications Committee and serves as Manager, of the Harford County Communications Center, Emergency Services Department.

A heated discussion at the Emergency Communication Committee meeting revealed the ongoing and inevitable struggle between dollars for people, and dollars for technology felt in so many county departments, and certainly in public safety answering points in the processing of upgrading to next generation 9-1-1.

In the wake of legislation that will increase funding levels for 9-1-1 call centers, directors of those centers from counties across Maryland continue their collaboration in the implementation of Next Generation 9-1-1 technology. The Directors are studying current staffing levels and funding, and expected additional needs for the new upgrades to make sure that budgets make the most effective and efficient use of new resources.

Maryland’s Emergency Communications Committee is a committee of the Maryland Association of County Emergency Managers, a MACo Affiliate.

The Emergency Communications Committee will be meeting jointly with the Maryland Association of County Infomation Technology Officers at the Maryland Association of Counties summer conference to discuss cybersecurity issues and ways to communicate and collaborate in the face of cyber attacks.

The private meeting will be held on August 14, 2019, prior to the start of the Tech Expo.

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