PUBLIC SAFETY COMMUNICATIONS STRATEGY
HOUSE APPROVES STATEWIDE PUBLIC SAFETY COMMUNICATIONS STRATEGY
Des Moines, Iowa – On a unanimous voted, the Iowa House approved a bill today to help improve emergency communications between police, fire, state patrol, medical services and sheriff’s offices. House File 353 will develop a structure to analyze Iowa’s current emergency contact systems and develop an implementation plan for interoperability.
"Coordinating communication efforts between local, state and federal emergency officials will save lives," said State Representative Bob Kressig of Cedar Falls, who managed and co-sponsored the bill. "In today’s world, our police, fire and medical responders must be able to communicate immediately and effectively through radio, data or video. The structure we are putting in place today is just the first step in improving our emergency communications to keep Iowans safe."
The bill creates a 15 member Interoperable Communications Board to develop and implement a statewide integrated public safety communications interoperability plan. The board will coordinate efforts at the local, state and federal level as well as make suggestions for future legislation, identify funding resources, and develop state standards.
The bill, which was also sponsored by State Representatives Deborah Berry and Doris Kelley of Waterloo, now goes to the Senate.