Quarterly Newsletter: 2021 | Q3

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WFCA Participates in a Senate Hearing on Building Resilient Networks

U.S. Senator Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), the Chair of the Subcommittee on Communications, Media, and Broadband, convened a hearing titled “Building Resilient Networks” at the end of Q2. The hearing examined ways in which the federal government can support deployment of resilient, redundant, and secure broadband and telecommunications infrastructure, and review the lessons learned from outage incidents. The intent of the hearing was to focus on gaps revealed by these incidents and legislative proposals to improve network resiliency and reliability.

WFCA's CEO Chief Jeff Johnson was invited by the subcommittee to participate at the hearing, joining a panel of witnesses that have backgrounds in digital telecommunications. Chief Johnson was able to provide additional context from a public safety perspective. Watch the full hearing here and read Chief Johnson's full written testimony here.


Sourcewell announces new contracts in Public Safety Technology and Communications
Sourcewell has over 20 new contracts available for public safety technology and communications hardware and software solutions as the result of two recently awarded RFPs. Products covered by these awards include radios, station alerting systems, CAD, records management systems, predictive modeling, analytics, and much more. View these new hardware and software contracts now available on the Sourcewell cooperative purchasing site. As a reminder, the FireRescue GPO cooperative purchasing program is now provided by Sourcewell.


Top 4 Most Clicked Stories

Similar to most news organizations, the Daily Dispatch tracks clicks to gauge interest and identify the types of stories that catch our readers' attention. We know our readers especially enjoy articles that include multimedia such as video and photos. We hope you enjoy revisiting the most clicked stories from this quarter.

Huge Michigan propane tank explosion caught on video, flaming debris narrowly misses firefighter

Photo of destroyed firetruck on South Carolina roadway serves as a powerful reminder to motorists

Portable fire station makes its way from Canada to South Dakota

California Firefighter Steering End of Fire Truck Slammed Into Building After Crash

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Key the Mic released 3 new episodes last quarter featuring experts discussing relevant and innovative fire service topics. We spoke with Chief Douglas Schrage about the implementation of PulsePoint in his community of Fairbanks, Alaska, resulting in a sustainable program that has improved cardiac arrest survival rates. We also learned about the technology behind the "Fireball" Auto Fire Guard fire suppression system from its inventor, Grant Van Der Jagt. Lastly, Chief Mark Niemeyer reflected on his first 200 days as Boise's Fire Chief and discusses his experience transitioning to a different department and shares the skills and mindset needed for new Chiefs to succeed.

We have an excellent lineup of guests and topics through the end of the year. Tune in as we continue to explore fire service innovation!

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