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Subject: RE: [emergency] Emergency Interoperability Member Section

FWIW, I agree completely with Tom in this.

I'm sure that comes as no great surprise. I would add, and will do 
the research necessary, to add some groups for those with special 
needs, e.g. hearing, vision, mobility impaired constituencies, both 
national and international.

I would also like to suggest that we start considering, in 
consultation with DHS, and appropriate international bodies, 
developing an Emergency Management/Situational Awareness Information 
Sharing and Analysis Center (ISAC).


At 7:39 PM -0500 11/27/06, Tom Merkle wrote:
>I strongly urge the TC to reach out to the major public safety 
>groups such as the International Assoc of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), 
>International Assoc of Chiefs of Police (IACP), Assoc. of Public 
>Safety Communications Officials - International (APCO), and the 
>National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC).
>These associations have the expertise in their respective fields and 
>all participate on the international level.
>Let's not lose focus that we are developing protocols for an 
>international (as well as national, regional, state, and local 
>levels). I respectfully suggest we coordinate our efforts with the 
>groups I mentioned.
>Tom Merkle
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>From: Elysa Jones [mailto:ejones@warningsystems.com]
>Sent: Monday, November 27, 2006 2:13 PM
>To: emergency@lists.oasis-open.org
>Cc: Scott Mcgrath
>Subject: [emergency] Emergency Interoperability Member Section
>Dear TC Members,
>I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving Holiday.  On 11/17, the 
>draft meeting notes from our 11/14 were posted.  Our discussion 
>about the member section was summarized. 
>It seems the following issues were prevalent:
>1.  There should be more public safety representation in the EIC if 
>that board is to take on the initial role of the steering committee. 
>Brought up by Tom agreed to by Rex.  The Public Safety Communication 
>Council and NENA were sited.
>Further info:  Chris Cooper is an EIC board member but in addition 
>to his role at IBM, is an Assistant Fire Chief with the Latrobe Fire 
>Protection District under schedule with CDF and has over 20 years of 
>first responder experience.   ComCare is a NENA member.  The First 
>Response Coalition might be joining the EIC.
>How should we reach out to other organizations or should the EIC? 
>How should they participate in the steering committee?
>2.  Scott McGrath was going to look into the WiFi, OGC Compliance 
>Testing framework which is Open Source as well as the ISO/IEEE 
>Models and report back to the group.
>3.  Thoughts on just standing the Member Section up for the mission 
>of developing interoperability demonstrations at first and decide 
>whether the test/certify/compliance piece is something we want to do 
>via the member section at a later time.
>Please comment to the list on these topics.  We will have our EM-TC 
>telecon meeting 1/28 at 12:00 EST.
>Elysa Jones, Chair
>Engineering Program Manager
>Warning Systems, Inc.

Rex Brooks
President, CEO
Starbourne Communications Design
GeoAddress: 1361-A Addison
Berkeley, CA 94702
Tel: 510-849-2309

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