Senator Michael O. Moore (D-Millbury) was recently appointed the National Conference of State Legislatures representative on the Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC). The PSAC was established in 2013 and consists of 42 representatives from both traditional and non-traditional public safety responder associations and organization as well as members of local state, territorial, tribal and federal governments. The committee formed to assist the First Responder Network Authority in its mission to build, deploy, operate and maintain the FirstNet Network.
“I am honored that the NCSL has chosen me to represent its membership on this committee and I look forward to engaging with this group on matters that will have significant impacts on public safety not only here in the Commonwealth but across the nation.” said Moore. “With troops currently being deployed and the daily threats to our nation’s safety I am humbled to be able to contribute to ensuring first responders have the tools they need to meet these ever changing challenges.”
First Net was required to establish the Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC) as part of the Middle Class Tax Relief Act of 2012. The PSAC is charged with the following duties:
- Offer guidance, information, and subject matter expertise from a public safety perspective to ensure that user needs, requirements, and public safety operational capabilities are included in the network
- Provides subject matter expertise on concepts (e.g., policies, procedures, technologies, operational methods developed by FirstNet)
- Advises FirstNet through the creation of initial documents, plans, or reports related to the build-out, deployment, and operation of a nationwide public safety broadband network (NPSBN). The PSAC reports include subject matter related to shared intergovernmental responsibilities or administration.
- Conducts regular meetings to remain informed and up to date on FirstNet’s progress