Inter-Agency Communications Systems Save Lives

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  • Author: Gary Breed
The September 11, 2001, terrorist attack, and further driven by the problems after the landfall of hurricane Katrina in 2005, federal authorities have required that communications systems be upgraded to allow coordinated actions among public health, safety and law enforcement agencies.Of course, the current recession has caused serious problems in justifying funding for such systems. Things are especially difficult for local communities, where major capital equipment purchases are always a challenge. Even when there are significant grant funds available for the initial equipment acquisition and personnel training, the costs related to maintenance of a complex system are significant. Where I live, the issue of maintenance cost sharing between the county and local entities appears to be the most contentious issue.