Landmark agreement signed by international public safety comms organisations


Public safety bodies from the UK, the European Union, Canada, and the United States have agreed to work together to improve worldwide emergency communications systems.

The ‘first-of-its-kind’ agreement – known as the Collaborative Coalition for International Public Safety - was signed last week in Halifax, Nova Scotia, at the APCO Canada Annual Event. As well as BAPCO, signatories included the European Emergency Number Association (EENA), the 911 Association (NENA), and APCO Canada.  
According to a spokesperson, these groups have: “Committed themselves to promote, among a wide range of topics, Next Generation emergency communications, services, networks and systems, such as the i3 standard for NG9-1-1 in North America and the NG1-1-2 standard in Europe.
“Under these frameworks, calls for emergency help are handled in a modern, Internet Protocol-based multimedia environment, as opposed to the voice- and landline-centric frameworks of the past.”
President of ACPO Canada Cindy Sparrow said: “This collaborative effort is essential as we look to improve and innovate emergency communications nationwide. We look forward to deepening our relationships and sharing information to improve our emergency response systems.” 
Demetri Pyrros, president of EENA, said: “We are pleased to collaborate with our colleagues from other nations in promoting access to effective life-saving services. As the industry shifts to Next Generation technologies, we want to ensure that our standards and policies are encouraging the most effective methods for emergency assistance.”
“This is an exciting time for our industry,” said Ian Thompson CEO of BAPCO. “We are grateful for this opportunity to work alongside our peers to provide consistent, reliable emergency communications to citizens around the globe.”
Monica Million, President of NENA, said: “NENA is proud to join this alliance as we work toward a common goal of providing the public with fast, convenient and reliable access to emergency assistance when it matters most.

"We are committed to collaborating with these like-minded organisations to ensure that emergency communications are modernised and made more accessible all over the world."

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