City Announces New Partnership for Interoperable Public Safety Communications
Also Highlight Citywide Accomplishments in Emergency Preparedness and Response on the Eve of 9/11 Ten-Year Anniversary
As the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks approaches, Mayor Edwin M. Lee and the Department of Emergency Management (DEM) today announced the creation of a Joint Powers Authority (JPA) to govern a Bay Area-wide public safety communications system. The JPA, known as the Bay Area Regional Interoperable Communications System (BayRICS) authority, will oversee regional voice and data communications networks for first responders throughout the Bay Area.
“When a major earthquake or disaster strikes next in the Bay Area, a regional, secure and dedicated communications network for our first responders will save lives, reduce damage and protect public health and safety,” said Mayor Lee. “I am proud that by working with other cities and public safety and law enforcement agencies throughout the Bay Area, we will be one of the nation’s first regions to deploy this innovative, emergency broadband communications network.” Read more.