Indiana Leads the Way In Next Generation Emergency Response Capabilities
Carmel, IN – Today, Congresswoman Susan Brooks (R-IN05) and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai toured Hamilton County’s state-of-the-art 911 Communications Center and held a roundtable discussion with local public safety leaders to discuss the path forward for Next Generation 911 (NG911) capabilities. NG911 is a system that allows digital information (e.g., voice, photos, videos, text messages) to flow seamlessly from the public, through the 911 network, and on to emergency responders.
“Indiana is ahead of the curve when it comes to public safety. For example, in all 92 counties in the state, Hoosiers can text 911 to receive the help they need. I am proud of the hard work from public safety leaders in the Fifth District who are dedicated to ensuring safety in our communities,” said Brooks. “As we work to achieve true NG911, it is vital that we learn from people at the ground level who work to protect our communities day in and day out. As a member of the Communications and Technology Subcommittee at the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, I look forward to sharing today’s discussion with my colleagues in Congress as we work to improve public safety communications for communities across the country. Thank to you Chairman Pai for his dedication to public safety communications and improving the lives of Americans through connectivity.”
“Effective communications are vital in times of emergency, and the FCC must work closely with local public safety officials and industry to ensure these systems are ready when needed,” said Pai. “The FCC is dedicated to making sure Americans are able to access critical information and connect with others during emergencies. I’m grateful to Rep. Brooks for her leadership in addressing these important issues and I thank all those working to ensure that their neighbors can connect to the emergency services they need.”
Executive Directors from the NG911 Institute, IN911, Indiana Integrated Public Safety Commission, Hamilton County 911 Communications; Fire and Police Chiefs from Noblesville, Westfield, Fishers, and Carmel; Hamilton County Commissioners; the President of the National Emergency Number Association; the Director of Indiana’s Statewide 911 Board; the Hamilton County Sheriff; the Mayor of Noblesville; 911 telecommunicators at the facility; and other public safety leaders also participated in today’s discussion.