The Public Safety Network
Victoria Lee is Vice President of the Public Safety Network. Her 25+ year career in public safety includes serving as a volunteer firefighter and working with the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet). She joined FirstNet in 2013, shortly after its inception. While there, she worked the startup phase as well as worked closely with the Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC) and public safety associations from all disciplines. She focused on public safety consultation efforts across the country and was a member of the team that developed 56 individual state and territory network deployment plans. Her most recent work with the IAFC included a portfolio of programs which focused on collaborative work with other national fire and emergency service organizations such as the International Association of Fire Fighters, the National Fire Protection Association and the Congressional Fire Services Institute. Vicki led several projects that brought together representatives from these organizations and others to develop training programs, reports and assessments, and other resources for the fire and emergency services. With a strong commitment to public safety and focus on collaboration, Vicki’s leadership and energy have resulted in several successful organizational partnerships. Vicki received a B.A. from the College of William & Mary and a M.P.A. from George Mason University.
Wednesday 1 May: 1.30pm-3.00pm
Workshop 1: The critical role of communications to ensure preparedness before, during and after disasters — what haven’t you thought of?
In 2018 alone in the US, we had 8 major hurricanes, more than 50,000 wildland fires and more than 300 mass shootings, resulting in hundreds killed and thousands injured. Now more than ever before, it is critical that public safety and the communities they serve have reliable connectivity when disasters hit. However, preparing for and responding to these disasters takes significant planning and foresight to ensure critical communications systems are able to be leveraged during such events. With the ongoing proliferation of LTE technologies for use in critical communications, first responders must coordinate their mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery responsibilities, including ongoing network connectivity and community notifications (such as evacuation alerts, shelter and aid information, etc). This preparation must take into account existing towers, network hardening, back-up power and availability of deployables to ensure connectivity will be maintained and help with network restoration. As our modern world relies more heavily on personal and professional LTE communications and the Internet of Things (IoT) for health, safety, shelter, food and water, location, and emergency response during a disaster, we need to focus on the details we don’t always initially think about to make those communication lifelines possible.
Thursday 1 May: 11.00am-11.30am
The Smart Connected Ambulance: Seamless integration from the field to the ER
A discussion of the numerous benefits associated with the development of smart connected ambulance technologies, providing ease of use, seamless sensor and monitor integration, and the ability to have improved patient care from prehospital interventions to the emergency room.