May 13, 2009, Alexandria, Va. - The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International announced today that it will host a meeting of eight major public safety organizations to further address matters related to the development of a nationwide interoperable broadband network.
The meeting will include the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), Major Cities Chiefs Association (MCC), Major County Sheriffs' Association (MCS), Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association (MFCA), National Emergency Management Association (NEMA), and the National Sheriffs' Association (NSA) and serve as a follow up to a meeting convened by MCC on April 20.
The meeting will be held in late May in the Washington, DC area. The group will continue its joint deliberations on a consensus-based approach to license and manage spectrum to create a nationwide broadband wireless network for public safety that addresses the needs of rural, suburban and metropolitan areas.
"The ongoing and fully engaged collaboration we've experienced as we've jointly vetted the many issues concerning a national broadband network will prove to be a key factor of our success in implementing truly interoperable communications across the country," APCO International President Chris Fischer said.
About APCO International
The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International is the world's oldest and largest professional organization dedicated to the enhancement of public safety communications. APCO International serves the professional needs of its 15,000 members worldwide by creating a platform for setting professional standards, addressing professional issues and providing education, products and services for people who manage, operate, maintain and supply the communications systems used by police, fire and emergency medical dispatch agencies throughout the world. For more information, visit www.apcointl.org.