Station Officer Graham Tait AFSM
Operational Communications Systems Officer
Fire & Rescue NSW
Graham Tait has worked for Fire & Rescue NSW for the past 37 years, occupying various roles as a frontline firefighter and Station Commander, Communications Centre Operator and Supervisor, and communications specialist on the NSW Urban Search & Rescue team.
These roles have seen him involved with all types of emergency incidents from both the front line, and from within the control room environment.
For the past 14 years, he has been working within the Operational Communications Branch with a few different roles, including managing the operational use of organisations computer aided dispatch system, and the integration of new technologies such as mobile data terminals and automatic vehicle location systems, as well as operational management of the LMR radio system across the state.
Graham held a key role in the project to implement a new CAD system and the rationalisation of communications centres for Fire & Rescue NSW, which resulted in the introduction of a brand-new call taking and dispatch environment for the state in 2012.
His operational experience and background technical knowledge have allowed him to have a unique understanding of the control room and communications environments for emergency services.
Thursday 2 May: 1.30pm-2.00pm:
Transitioning to a data-enabled world in a mission-critical environment
Much talk over the past 5 years has been around the development and use of mission-critical broadband networks for emergency services and public safety agencies.
While these networks are being talked about, planned and eventually built, agencies need a way to access data today, they don’t have time to wait for PSMB.
So how can voice and data services be provided to frontline crews in a reliable and efficient way?
This presentation will explore how using a mix of LMR, carrier cellular and satellite networks can bridge the gap between the needs of first responders today and the eventual availability of dedicated public safety broadband networks.