In the sea of organizations and acronyms floating around in our information-heavy world, here's one to remember. NPSTC, the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council, is a volunteer federation of public safety organizations, whose mission is to improve public safety communications and interoperability through collaborative leadership. NPSTC's members are the organizations representing fire, EMS, law enforcement, transportation, and other telecommunications organizations. NPSTC combines the many voices of its member organizations to enhance the power of public safety's voice. We monitor and study public policy and submit comments to governmental organizations on behalf of public safety. We work to make sure public safety has the spectrum needed to communicate in life-threatening situations without interference and we explore technology, standards, and interoperable communications solutions. The National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) was organized to encourage and facilitate implementation of the findings and recommendations of the Public Safety Wireless Advisory Committee (PSWAC), established in 1994 by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to evaluate the wireless communications needs of local, tribal, state, and federal public safety agencies through the year 2010, identify problems, and recommend possible solutions. In 1997, thirteen national-level organizations set aside individual agendas to unite in support of vitally important issues that affect public safety telecommunications. "For the first time in my 30 years of public safety communications experience, all of the key associations are working together within NPSTC, with one voice, to bring about change", says Douglas M. Aiken, NPSTC Vice Chair, International Municipal Signal Association (IMSA).
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