Counties Gather Answers for the Call for Next Generation 9-1-1 Service

County budget and public safety representatives assemble this week to determine data and information to support the work of the Commission to Advance Next Generation 9-1-1 Across Maryland, which will report in December. MACo called a work group this week of County Public Safety Answering Point Directors, Emergency Services Directors, and County Budget and Procurement … Continue reading Counties Gather Answers for the Call for Next Generation 9-1-1 Service

Calibrating the Compass: GIS in a Next Gen 9-1-1 World at #MACoCon

Most 911 centers determine a mobile caller’s location based on technology that was adopted two decades ago — before cell phones were equipped with GPS. Unlike apps on your phone like Uber that automatically pinpoint and send information about where you are, the current 9-1-1 system estimates a caller’s location based on which cell tower … Continue reading Calibrating the Compass: GIS in a Next Gen 9-1-1 World at #MACoCon

Hogan Signs MACo’s 9-1-1 Initiative Bill

Governor Larry Hogan this week signed HB 634/SB 285 – Commission to Advance Next Generation 9-1-1 Across Maryland – Establishment, a 2018 MACo Legislative Initiative that will help Maryland prepare for the deployment of a statewide Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG911) system that our residents expect and deserve. Maryland citizens demand and expect 9-1-1 emergency service … Continue reading Hogan Signs MACo’s 9-1-1 Initiative Bill

MACo to Governor: Sign MACo’s 9-1-1 Initiative Bill

MACo sent a letter to Governor Hogan today, urging him to sign HB 634/SB 285 – Commission to Advance Next Generation 9-1-1 Across Maryland – Establishment, a 2018 MACo Legislative Initiative that unanimously passed both the Senate and House of Delegates. This legislation is essential to ensure that Maryland is prepared for the deployment of a statewide Next … Continue reading MACo to Governor: Sign MACo’s 9-1-1 Initiative Bill

Hackers Target Baltimore City 9-1-1 Dispatch System

Baltimore City’s 9-1-1 dispatch system was breached by hackers last weekend. The breach lasted for 16 hours and was perpetrated by an unknown actor or actors. An investigation is underway. Mayor Catherine Pugh’s office emphasized that the incident was a “limited breach” and that critical services were not impacted or disrupted. The breach forced details … Continue reading Hackers Target Baltimore City 9-1-1 Dispatch System

General Assembly Passes MACo 9-1-1 Initiative

The General Assembly today took a major step towards advancing Next Generation 9-1-1 in Maryland. Senate Bill 285, sponsored by Senator Cheryl Kagan, passed the Senate unanimously on February 20. Its cross-file, House Bill 634, sponsored by Delegate Michael Jackson, passed the House of Delegates unanimously on March 15. SB 285/ HB 634 is a 2018 MACo Legislative Initiative. … Continue reading General Assembly Passes MACo 9-1-1 Initiative

Expanding Benefits Another Tool for Counties to Retain 9-1-1 Telecommunicators

9-1-1 telecommunicators operate in a very stressful environment, and the nature of the job has made it difficult for counties to maintain a consistent staff over a long period of time. Senate Bill 1053 would allow local governments to expand benefits to these public safety telecommunicators and their dependants by implementing a tax credit up … Continue reading Expanding Benefits Another Tool for Counties to Retain 9-1-1 Telecommunicators

Five Fast Facts: Text to 9-1-1

The Maryland Association of County Emergency Manager’s Emergency Communications Committee issued a press release Tuesday, February 27 regarding the recent announcement of Text to 9-1-1. Five key takeaways from the press release: TEXT to 9-1-1 capabilities currently exists only in Frederick County, which has served as a pilot for this technology since 2013. At this time, … Continue reading Five Fast Facts: Text to 9-1-1

MACo Initiative: Commission Would Advance Transformation of 9-1-1 Services Across Maryland

MACo Policy Associate Kevin Kinnally testified before the House Health and Government Operations Committee in support of House Bill 634, “Commission to Advance Next Generation 9-1-1 Across Maryland – Establishment”, on February 21, 2018. Next Generation 9-1-1 helps to innovate and improve the exemplary and essential services required of emergency services in the state of … Continue reading MACo Initiative: Commission Would Advance Transformation of 9-1-1 Services Across Maryland

Senate Passes MACo 9-1-1 Initiative

The Maryland Senate took the first step towards advancing Next Generation 9-1-1 in Maryland. Senate Bill 285, sponsored by Senator Cheryl Kagan, passed the Senate unanimously and has crossed over to the House. Its cross-file, House Bill 634, sponsored by Delegate Michael Jackson, will be heard on February 21 in the House Government Operations Committee. Maryland … Continue reading Senate Passes MACo 9-1-1 Initiative