Ground Support Worldwide

DEC 2016 JAN 2017

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DECEMBER 2016/JANUARY 2017 25 SAFETY ically been systems of stand-alone modali- ties, using mobile fire and police radios, PA systems, fire annunciators and strobe lights, with little coordination among the individual elements. The growing need to deliver alerts and warnings to external organizations and governmental agencies has only served to show how existing communications at air- ports are ready for an upgrade. Airport executives often regard EMNS as a commoditized service where inexperienced vendors compete on price, using limited fea- ture sets that inadequately address the full range of airport requirements. However, networked crisis communication already delivers secure, cost-effective communi- cations platforms that streamline internal communications, empower people and enable emergency communication and collaboration to an entire airport ecosystem. Secure, scalable networked communi- cation transcends devices, firewalls, radio frequencies, channels, jurisdictions and talk groups. As the ability to share important information about an incident is enhanced, people and organizations gain the knowledge and perspective to respond appropriately. Credibility is increased for airport operators and responding partners, demonstrating that they are capable of acting in a highly coor- dinated manner. Synchronization must take place across a broad geographical area – with the airport at the center. Airport authorities need to protect pas- sengers, employees, vendors and surrounding neighborhoods, as well as their reputations. A carefully researched investment in net- worked crisis communication is central to safety and security for each of these con- stituencies. GROUND SUPPORT EQUIPMENT Disabled Passenger Lif High Speed Tow Vehicles GSE Fuel Trailers Ambulatory Lif Truck Maintenance Lifs www.liŌaloŌ.com • 765-288-3691 MADE IN AMERICA ABOUT THE AUTHOR: John Linstrom, Retired Assistant Fire Chief, serves as business develop- ment manager at the AtHoc Division of BlackBerry, for Public Safety and Aviation. He has 30 years of experi- ence in municipal, special district, state, military and federal government agencies as an emer- gency manager, fire chief and mass fatality team commander.

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