Chad Weber on How Public Safety Broadband Can Help Rural Law Enforcement

Chad Weber on How Public Safety Broadband Can Help Rural Law Enforcement

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Chad Weber public information officer for the Northeast region for FWC 911 was the biggest event we've had in the United States for a long time I personally was in the United States Marine Corps so it means a lot to me being able to talk to multiple agencies in such big disasters it's a big priority because a lot of people are operating on their own talk groups or radios and you can't hear what everybody else is doing to make it a lot easier if you could coordinate especially in a big event such as that to know where fire and EMS are as well as police first met would be able to help us in our day-to-day I know we talked about big disasters such as 911 but day to day calls when we're dealing with people that are offshore off the coast of Florida if we're able to you know talk with Coast Guard or other responding agencies such as the local deputies or the sheriff's office or even municipalities so if I had full strength bars on my phone or even my radio or my laptop and my truck and make my job a lot easier especially in the rural areas that have to be sea patrols we do encounter people out there and sometimes it is officer safety issue working with Florida Fish and Wildlife most of our officers patrol by themselves so our backup could be sometimes over an hour away so having the ability to make contact with dispatch let them know where you're at or even making a simple phone call would you know would be great for us when you're out here sometimes they put your mind at ease knowing that somebody knows where you're at and there there possibly coming if you need backup and you can see what kind of dilemma you would have if somebody was going to back you up local police departments usually don't have access to a boat to come back you up so if you're out here by yourself it's kind of communication is paramount you

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