Emergency Responders Buyer Group: Advisory Board Nominations Sought - Webinar Recording Now Available
March 9, 2012

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An advisory board consisting of industry, government, and first responder volunteers is actively being sought to help in setting the direction and development of a newly proposed Emergency Responder Buyer’s Group.

As detailed in the recent Public Safety Perspectives webinar featuring Dan Elliott, Manager Radio & Wireless Telecom, for the Greater Toronto Airport Authority, the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA), along with its partner, the Canadian Police Research Centre (CPRC), are spearheading the development of an Emergency Responder Buyers Group (ERBG) for Canadian first responders and the broader public safety community.

“We envision that one of the main benefits of this buyers group will be to offer the emergency response community greater buying power,” says Mr. Elliott. “Currently, all public safety organizations from municipal to federal levels are looking for a means to maximize our budgets. We spend a lot of time sending out individual tenders, and the end-result is a vastly different range of pricing from the manufacturers for similar products. We hope this buyers group will make the procurement process less time consuming and maximize our budgetary spend through the realization of up front target and volume pricing.”

As discussed in the webinar recording, a preliminary mission and process map have been developed for the ERBG. An advisory board is being sought to help validate the work conducted to-date, and help further define and develop the vision, process, and governance of the proposed platform.

The advisory board will consist of approximately 20 individuals, representing: first responders (fire, police, EMS), vendors, federal/provincial/municipal procurement experts and public safety agencies, and responder Associations.

Action Item:
To indicate your Interest in participating on this advisory board, please take the following steps:
  1. Download and review the webinar recording (MP3 file) and accompanying PowerPoint presentation:

  2. Ensure you are able to attend the full-day planning and launch session to be held in Toronto, at the GTAA Fire and Emergency Services Training Institute Theatre, on Wednesday, March 21.

  3. Be able to commit to participate in 3-4 follow-up teleconferences over the next few months

  4. Note that with the exception of First Responders who can qualify for a travel subsidy through CPRC, expenses resulting from this volunteer position are the responsibility of each participant.

  5. Contact either or both Kevin Wennekes(kwennekes@cata.ca) or Dan Elliott (dan.elliott@gtaa.com) with your expression of interest before March 16 .
Join RCMP CIO Michael Doucet on March 28
Register now to participate in the third installment of the Public Safety Perspectives webinar series, this month featuring Michael Doucet, CIO of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Callers will hear Mr. Doucet describe a number of unique projects being delivered by the RCMP that rely on innovative technology and a collaborative, multi-party approach to deliver. He will further elaborate on the priorities for the RCMP CIO office for the year ahead.

Register online at: http://www.cata.ca/Media_and_Events/catateleforum1005.html

April Session Confirmed
On Thursday, April 26, join Alison Brooks, PhD, PMP, Research Director, Public Sector for IDC Canada, and Eldon Amoroso, O.O.M. Senior Director, Support Services Division London Police Service (Ret’d) and currently Consultant for Birch Forest Projects, for an exclusive peak at the results of a recently completed national study.

Again co-hosted by Steve Palmer, Executive Director of the CPRC, and CATA’s VP Research, Kevin Wennekes, hear Alison and Eldon discuss highlights from a recently completed national study on the funding and acquisition of Land Mobile Radio (LMR) systems within the public safety sector. This national study reveals many insights into where LMR acquisitions are going in the next five years. This is a vital webinar to participate in if you are considering a new radio system or an upgrade of your existing system, or a vendor/manufacturer selling into this vertical.

Register online at: http://www.cata.ca/Media_and_Events/pswebinar.html