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April 11, 2012
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  Making the Call 
  • Tornado influences public safety center design
    Design of the new Public Safety Center in Springfield, Mo., was influenced by lessons learned after last year's tornado in nearby Joplin, which knocked out communications and strained that city's infrastructure. Springfield's building will have plenty of room to store donated goods after a disaster, space for agencies to connect to power and satellite feeds, a living area for first responders and resources to handle high-volume communications. Springfield News-Leader (Mo.) (4/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Pulse 
  • Minn. cities consider pooling firefighter services
    Five cities in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area are considering sharing firefighting services, allowing them to buy in bulk and save money. Local officials and a task force that has studied the concept say barriers to cooperation among the cities include the use of existing equipment, future expenses, firefighter benefits and loss of city fire department identity. Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (4/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Innovation Insights 
  • U.S. to roll out nationwide text alert system
    The Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Emergency Management Agency have begun implementing a nationwide commercial mobile alert system that will send important public safety alerts to cellphone users. The alerts are free and will be sent using cell broadcast technology so they are not slowed by merging with normal text messaging. Urgent Communications (4/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Pentagon challenge seeks robot first responders
    The Pentagon is issuing a challenge to robotics experts to develop specialized robots that could work at a nuclear disaster site when it is too dangerous for humans. The government wants the robots to be able to drive a vehicle, remove rubble, climb a ladder, break through concrete, close valves and replace equipment such as cooling pumps. The Economic Times (India) (4/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NENA News 
  • NENA 2012 conference brochure is now online
    No matter what your role in public safety, NENA 2012 provides practical knowledge and tools that you can take home and immediately put into action. Featuring inspiring keynote speakers, general sessions tackling the big issues, dozens of education and training sessions designed to inform and empower, comprehensive full-day and multiday courses and workshops with real-world applications, unparalleled opportunities to network and dialogue with peers, and an exhibit hall showcasing cutting-edge products and services, NENA 2012 is guaranteed to better equip you for your job and actively prepare you for the road ahead.

    View the virtual brochure or download and print a copy for keynote speaker information, a current exhibitor roster, abstracts for education and training sessions, pre-conference course and workshop descriptions, and more. Register online today! A printable/faxable form is also available. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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