Maryland NG911 Commission Set to Reconvene

For a fourth and final year, the Commission to Advance Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG911) Across Maryland this week will reconvene (virtually) to continue its work in guiding Maryland's ambitious and important move toward NG911, delivering these services equitably across the state, and adopting policies and protocols consistent with evolving technology and operational needs. "Shifting to NextGen 9-1-1 won't happen overnight-- it is a complex and expensive process," said Commission Chair Senator Cheryl Kagan. "Our Commission…

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2021 End of Session Wrap-Up: Emergency Services and Intergovernmental Relations

The segments below provide a brief overview of MACo's work in the policy areas of emergency services and intergovernmental relations in the 2021 General Assembly.  County governments lead the delivery of public safety services in Maryland - responsible for county fire, police, and emergency services. MACo's advocacy in the area of emergency services includes urging for much-needed state support for local public services such as 9-1-1 call centers, front-line county services, and natural disaster response.…

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Mission-Critical Communications Leader, Zetron, Joins MACo Corporate Partner Program

MACo is thrilled to welcome our newest Bronze Corporate Partner, Zetron! Zetron has been a leader in mission-critical communications for more than 40 days and MACo looks forward to connecting them with our members. Every day, thousands of initiatives around the world are managed more effectively because control rooms have an improved ability to intake information, coordinate resources, and manage responses effectively. Every day incidents – measured in lives saved, minutes spared, costs averted, objectives…

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General Assembly Streamlines Emergency Management, Continues Support for NG911

The Maryland General Assembly passed SB 658 Maryland Department of Emergency Management – Establishment and Transfer of Maryland 9-1-1 Board, legislation that will elevate the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) to the Governor’s cabinet and transfer the Maryland 9-1-1 Board to MEMA. MACo supported the bill, as it will bolster and enhance collaboration, communication, and coordination between the State and county governments in times of crisis, help Maryland continue its movement toward Next Generation 9-1-1…

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Calvert Activates New Public Safety Communications System

The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) last month officially activated the County’s new public safety communications system. The new 800-megahertz P25 digital communications system, which replaces the County’s 25-year-old system, provides enhanced radio coverage and interoperability for the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office, fire departments, rescue squads, and other local agencies. The system will also streamline communications with other local, state, and federal agencies in the event of a multi-jurisdictional incident. “The vital importance…

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Counties Support Reimbursing Emergency Transport Services

On March 10th, 2021 MACo Policy Associate Alex Butler testified before the Senate Finance Committee to support SB 865 Maryland Medical Assistance Program - Emergency Service Transporters - Reimbursement. This bill creates a reimbursement program through Medicaid for deliveries made by emergency transport. From the MACo Testimony: SB 865 seeks to remedy an inequity in current law, where transportation to a hospital (“facility” in this section of law) is a reimbursable event, but transportation to…

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Counties Support Next Steps Toward #NG911

MACo Legislative Director Kevin Kinnally yesterday testified in support of SB 714 Public Safety 9-1-1 Emergency Telephone System - Alterations. This bill will help Maryland continue its ambitious and important move toward Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG911), deliver these services equitably across the state, and generally strengthens the statutory framework that governs the state’s 9-1-1 system. From the MACo Testimony: In 2019, the General Assembly passed landmark legislation to update state laws and the 9-1-1 financing…

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MACo Supports Bill to Bolster County Resiliency

MACo Legislative Director Kevin Kinnally yesterday submitted testimony to the Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee in support of SB 901 Public Safety - Emergency Management - Resilient Maryland Revolving Loan Fund. This bill provides counties and nonprofit organizations with valuable funds for community resilience projects. From the MACo Testimony: SB 901 establishes the Resilient Maryland Revolving Loan Fund to provide low- or no-interest loans for local resilience projects that address mitigation of all…

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Maryland Receives Highest Honor for Emergency Management

The State of Maryland has earned accreditation by the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP). The EMAP Accreditation is awarded to programs that have built and sustained a set of emergency management capabilities over a period of years. MEMA remains among the elite leaders in emergency management by earning accreditation through the EMAP. “We are thrilled and extremely proud of this accomplishment,” said Russ Strickland, Executive Director of the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA). "This accreditation…

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MACo Supports Next Steps for Statewide 3-1-1 System

MACo Legislative Director Kevin Kinnally today submitted testimony in support of SB 631 - Public Safety - Statewide 3-1-1 Nonemergency Telephone System to the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee This bill creates a statewide 3-1-1 telephone system to connect Marylanders to the government for non-emergency needs. The bill's sponsor and Chair of the Commission to Advance Next Generation 9-1-1 Across Maryland, Senator Cheryl Kagan, submitted amendments to create a workgroup to determine how to best deploy 3-1-1…

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