Breakout Sessions

Vendor Provided Training Opportunities

All of the sessions in the Vendor Training Opportunities track will be presented by conference exhibitors. Sessions presented by vendor representatives may reflect to some extent vendor opinions relative to topics presented.

Session A - Monday, April 23, 2018 10:50 AM - 12:00 PM

1A Vendor Session (Rapid SOS) NG911, Now What? It's Up to You to Deliver on the Promise!

Karin Marquez, 9-1-1 Project Manager, RapidSOS

The industry has been talking about Next Generation 9-1-1 for over a decade now, and PSAPs and the general public have been promised major improvements: more accurate location information, location-based call routing, multimedia to the PSAP and much more. Citizens are used to smartphones and expect more and more innovation from the public. While most of the country is still undergoing major upgrades to their network and telephony infrastructure, this session looks at the more practical aspects for PSAP managers, supervisors and telecommunicators. It will focus on what you in the PSAP need to know, and more importantly, what you need to do.

2A ARMER Paging

Brian Zastoupil, Radio Systems Coordinator , Red River Regional Dispatch Center
Nathan Timm, Radio System Manager, Washington County Sheriff's Office
Chad Steffen, Patrol Officer, City of Red Wing and ARMER Administrator, Lower Sioux Indian Community
Steve Olson, Instructor, Lake County and On Target Training and Consulting
Tom Semmelroth, Administrator, Lead Electronic Systems Technician, St. Louis County Radio System

Technology exists to provide paging via ARMER talkgroups. This session will explore how ARMER paging has been implemented in Minnesota, what is working well and what challenges have been revealed.

3A FirstNet in Other States

Ed Mills, FirstNet Outreach & Education Manager, Colorado Governor's Office of Information Technology
Red Grasso, FirstNet Single Point of Contact, North Carolina Department of IT
Melinda Miller, FirstNet Program Manager , DPS ECN

This breakout session will focus on the status, approach and results of the FirstNet planning and consultancy process occurring in other states (Colorado and North Carolina) and how those efforts may compare to Minnesota's approach. There will be a discussion of issues and decisions in this process which may influence interstate interoperability.

4A Saint Cloud Integrated Voice and Data Pilot Project

Micah Myers, IT Director, City of St. Cloud
Brandon Larson, Radio Technician, City of St. Cloud

The City of Saint Cloud has undertaken a pilot project in which they have added data capabilities to the Saint Cloud ARMER subsystem. This addition provides for the over-the-air reprogramming of radios and GPS tracking of radios. This session will review the status of the pilot project.

5A Implementing MCC7100 Consoles

Chad LeVasseur, Manager of Communication Systems, Metro Transit
Rod Olson, Manager of Radio Electronics, City of Minneapolis
Scott Heide, PSAP Supervisor , Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office

Many agencies have expressed interest in laptop-based dispatch consoles capable of being deployed in the field. This session explores the process, benefits, and challenges associated with implementing MCC7100 consoles.

6A ECN/SECB 101 for Newly Elected Officials

Joe Glaccum, Director of Technology Services, North Memorial Ambulance Service/North Memorial Health Care
Jeff Jelinski, Commissioner, Morrison County
Dan Hartog, Sheriff, Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office
Dana Wahlberg, Director, ECN
Jim Stromberg, ARMER Program Manager / Statewide Interoperability Coordinator, DPS ECN
Marcus Bruning, Regional Interoperability Coordinator, Northern Minnesota, DPS ECN

This "101" session is aimed at personnel new to the emergency communications world desiring a basic understanding of Minnesota's emergency communications governance.

7A Text-to-911 for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community

Sara Kreiling, DeafBlind Services Specialist, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Division
Dustin Leslie, 9-1-1 Analyst, DPS ECN

This course offers insight to dispatchers on how to communicate effectively using text-to-911 with members of the deaf and hard of hearing community. It will highlight the implementation of text-to-911 across the state, what this new feature means for the deaf and hard of hearing community, as well as when the text-to-911 option may benefit others. A representative from the deaf and hard of hearing community will participate in this presentation to address the grammatical difference between American Sign Language (ASL) and English and provide guidance to assist dispatchers in becoming proficient in texting with individuals whose native language is American Sign Language.

Session B - Monday, April 23, 2018 1:20 PM - 2:30 PM

1B Vendor Session (Zuercher Technologies) Embracing Change: Realizing Operational Efficiencies of NG 9-1-1

Brian Fluegeman, 911 Marketing Manager, Zuercher Technologies
Gary Loflin, 911 Product Specialist, Zuercher Technologies

What's new, better, and different in a "NG" call center? The presenter guides you through a few scenarios, followed by a quick overview of what NG9-1-1 actually is and what it means to your PSAP operation. Participants will walk away with an understanding of specific operational efficiencies NG9-1-1 enables, and how they'll be able to implement future technology upgrades without expensive, major system upgrades.

2B National Guard as an Interop Partner

Thomas Simota, J6 Interoperability Communications Manager, Minnesota National Guard

This panel discussion regarding National Guard capabilities and support services will explore the use of the National Guard as a partner in interoperability for various situations. The panel will present on National Guard communication capabilities, Army MARS, interoperability systems and integration with the ARMER system. There will be a presentation on how to request National Guard assets for emergencies and non-emergencies. This breakout session is held in conjunction with the National Guards display of elements of the communication resources maintained for civil response throughout Minnesota.

3B Public Safety Paging - Can Datacasting and PBS Help?

John Contestabile, Program Manager, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
Red Grasso, FirstNet Single Point of Contact, North Carolina Department of IT

With the advent of a number of new data sources [i.e. video, sensors, and GIS] that will be available to public safety now and in the future, providing additional wireless capacity is essential. While FirstNet will help meet this increasing demand, Datacasting, which leverages the Public Television Licensed spectrum, can provide additional capacity. In this session, you will learn about several DHS sponsored datacasting demonstration projects from around the United States. You will also learn how datacasting is being used to augment paging capability in North Carolina. Fire and EMS services across the United States still rely on paging technology to communicate emergency incident information. The infrastructure for these paging systems is typically owned, operated and maintained by the local government or agency to ensure coverage includes as close to 100% of the jurisdiction as possible. This session will show the use of datacasting technology to serve the paging needs of public safety and uses North Carolina as a test case. This concept could lead to cost-sharing, greater collaboration across jurisdictions, and reduced response times for mutual aid requests.

4B COMU Updates

Troy Tretter, Radio Services Coordinator, Metropolitan Emergency Services Board (MESB)
Jim Stromberg, ARMER Program Manager / Statewide Interoperability Coordinator, DPS ECN
Jim Jarvis, Regional Coordinator, Department of Homeland Security
Alan Choutka, Regional Emergency Communication Coordinator, DHS-FEMA Region V
Dan Anderson, Senior Coordinator for Data Collaboration and Communications, Hennepin County Emergency Management

In 2017, Minnesota updated its Communications Unit program by adopting Standard Operating Guidelines. This session will discuss the changes and explore how they can be implemented moving forward.

5B Radio Best Practices for Everyday and Out-of-the-Ordinary Emergencies

Keith Ruffing, Police Officer, Saint Peter Police Department
Tim Boyer, Statewide Director of Communications, Minnesota State Patrol
Angie Wicks, Dispatch Sergeant, Blue Earth County
Jill Bondhus, Administrator, Rice/Steele Consolidated PSAP

Each day Minnesota's dispatchers manage everyday emergencies such as pursuits, multiagency fires, significant motor vehicle crashes and multiagency in-progress crimes. Some of these events are stationary events with multiple agencies responding. Are they mobile events taking responders out of their normal jurisdictions? Are we choosing the best talkgroup for the event? Are we moving to a regional interoperability talkgroup, a state talkgroup or are we staying on the main? This session will examine best practices for everyday and out-of-the-ordinary emergencies.

6B PSCR Panel Discussion

Jake Thompson, Radio System Manager, Anoka County
David Deal, Sergeant, Investigations Division, Digital Forensics / Technical Service, Washington County Sheriff's Office
David Pike, Sergeant , Mower County Sheriff's Office
Judy Indrelie, Regional Programs Manager, Olmsted County Sheriff's Office
Rick Burke, Partner, Televate
Josh Jack, Consultant, Televate, LLC
Matt Maas, Emergency Management Director, Dodge County
Melinda Miller, FirstNet Program Manager , DPS ECN
Dave Thomson, Systems and Communications Administrator, Rochester Police Department

This breakout session will discuss the benefits of attending the Public Safety Communication Research Conference that was held in San Antonio, Texas last July 2017. The next session will be coming up in San Diego, California in June.

7B Minnesota's GIS for 9-1-1 Project Update

Dan Craigie, 9-1-1- Project Manager, ECN
Dana Wahlberg, Director, ECN

Geospatial data has served a supporting role in PSAPs for many years. However, in the near future, geospatial data will become paramount for migrating away from legacy based 9-1-1 to next generation 9-1-1. ECN and MnGeo remain committed partners toward the effort to achieving a standardized and accurate geospatial dataset that will ultimately be used for 9-1-1 call routing and location identification. It is essential we have support and cooperation from all MN PSAPs and their GIS partners to avoid untimely delays in our ability to migrate away from the tabular MSAG to a geospatial MSAG. See how far we have come and what has been accomplished. Learn about what remains to be done and what role the PSAPs can play to help!

Session C - Tuesday, April 24, 2018 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

1C Vendor Session (Unication USA) How to Implement Paging on a P25 System

Vic Jensen, Director of Technology, Unication USA Inc.

Unication USA will present a session on the G-Series P25 Voice Pager, including an overview of the pagers feature set and a review on how to configure it to work on a P25 System.

2C Drones: Field Uses and Data Considerations

Dave Thomson, Systems and Communications Administrator, Rochester Police Department

Drones are becoming common in public safety. But how do we handle the streams of data associated with drones? Can we send the streaming video from the drone to the on-site commander, to dispatch, to the EOC, to the state EOC? What other devices create similar data streams.

3C Regional FirstNet Workshop

Rick Burke, Partner, Televate
Josh Jack, Consultant, Televate, LLC
Melinda Miller, FirstNet Program Manager , DPS ECN

This breakout session will focus on the details of the regional workshops Televate and ECN have conducted in the state. This is a shortened version of the progress with adoption evaluation in the state.

4C Interstate and Canadian Interoperability: Communicating Across Our Borders

Craig Marek, Manager, Kenora Central EMS/Fire Communications Centre
Brian Zastoupil, Radio Systems Coordinator , Red River Regional Dispatch Center
Marcus Bruning, Regional Interoperability Coordinator, Northern Minnesota, DPS ECN

This session will review communications solutions including border states and Canadian Provinces and showcase a model interoperability SOP between border-state counties. A new ARMER interoperability solution for the NW Angle (8TAC93 Repeater) will also be presented.

5C Reducing the Trauma and Drama Around Us: Understanding How We Are Wired (90 minute session)

Jen McDonough, Motivational Speaker & Amazon Top 100 Author, The Iron Jen

Chaos, trauma and drama due to communication breakdown is one of our biggest issues facing organizations, communities and families today. In this fun and engaging session, the audience members will learn how to recognize the strengths, weaknesses, fears, stress triggers, communication preferences and motivators for each of the personality styles so that they can build resiliency, reduce stress and create drama free environments. 90 minute session - 9:30-11:00 a.m.

6C IPAWS for ICS

John Dooley, IPAWS Program Manager, ECN

This session will cover what the Incident Commander needs to do to make the decision that the public needs to be warned of, how small or big of an area that warning needs to be and inform them of what would be the best method. Focusing on the decision making process of, who to warn, what is the hazard, and how best to communicate that to the public with what action they will need to take.

7C Update on ECN's Firewall Deployment Project

Mike Beagles, Senior Technology Specialist, Mission Critical Partners
Dan Craigie, 9-1-1- Project Manager, ECN

Join Dan Craigie (project manager), representatives from Element (project vendor) and Mike Beagles from MCP (project consultant) for the latest updates and status from the project. We will share results from our early tests and installations along with a review of the acceptance test plan. A revised project deployment timeline will also be shared. We will reserve the last 15 minutes for a short Q&A session.

Session D - Tuesday, April 24, 2018 1:40 PM - 2:40 PM

1D Vendor Session (Motorola Solutions) Journey to LMR+LTE Convergence

Dave Dombrowski, North American Senior Manager, Motorola Solutions, Inc.

Attend this Motorola Solutions led session for a viewpoint of the steps and milestones required to achieve true LMR+LTE convergence. This will include technical, policy and standards body challenges faced by hardware, software and network operators in the private and shared spectrum industries to achieve convergence.

2D IPAWS: What Now! Testing, Training and Documentation

John Dooley, IPAWS Program Manager, ECN

Most counties in Minnesota have access to IPAWS (Integrated Public Alert and Warning System) as a capability to send out a notification rapidly to as many people and ways possible. How do I, get more training on using this capability, sustain that knowledge and integrate it into other training sessions and large exercises? Also included in this session will be a short update of recent activities and upcoming changes related to Public Information and Warning. This session will answer the following: 1) What training does my staff need to send alerts through IPAWS?; 2) What type of training is available; 3) What the value of regularly testing my notification system is to my organization; and 4) How do I get assistance to support my organization when planning to integrate Public Information and Warning into my exercises.

3D FirstNet Adoption

Melinda Miller, FirstNet Program Manager , DPS ECN
Sandra Wendelken, Editor, MissionCritical Communications Magazine

This session is on a case study on the FirstNet adoption workbook.

4D Using LTE for 9-1-1 Call Delivery to the PSAP

Dan Craigie, 9-1-1- Project Manager, ECN
Matt Dagostino, State Market Manager – FirstNet Program, AT+T FirstNet
Jen Phillips-Garcia, ,
Andy Sackreiter, , AT&T FirstNet

Currently, network to the PSAPs includes redundant wired circuits to deliver 9-1-1 calls to the PSAP. NENA's recently released ESInet Design Guidelines call for a greater diversity of circuit types include LTE. Come hear about a proposed trial between ECN and AT&T/FirstNet to use Public Safety Broadband for 9-1-1 call delivery.

5D Motorola APX Advanced Programming (2 part session 5D/5E)

Brandon Larson, Radio Technician, City of St. Cloud
Nathan Timm, Radio System Manager, Washington County Sheriff's Office

This two hour session is intended for participants with experience programming APX series radios. Utilization and programming of advanced features will be discussed, such as Bluetooth audio, tone signaling (quick call paging), dynamic zones, using radio audio profiles, evacuation tone, site alias expansion and the new instant recall feature. Participants are encouraged to bring a programming laptop with APX R17 CPS preinstalled, a programming cable, an APX portable radio to test, an extension cord and a power strip.

6D Tribal Government Round Table

Robin Beatty, Tribal Liaison Representative, DHS Office of Emergency Communications
Chad Steffen, Patrol Officer, City of Red Wing and ARMER Administrator, Lower Sioux Indian Community
Jim Jarvis, Regional Coordinator, Department of Homeland Security

There are 11 different federally recognized tribal governments in Minnesota. This breakout session will be a round table discussion with representatives from DHS's Office of Emergency Communications (OEC) Tribal Affairs. OEC Tribal Affairs representatives will speak about their services available to tribal governments and specifically their initiative in creating each tribe a governance profile. Lower Sioux Indian Community and Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe have completed profiles. A discussion surrounding the statewide Tribal Command Operations (TC-OPS-1) talkgroup and its monthly testing will occur. There will be decisions made on whether monthly tests should occur and who would be willing to facilitate/administer them. This is the third year this breakout session has been offered. All Minnesota Tribal representatives and their close counterparts are encouraged to attend.

7D CPE as a Service for Minnesota PSAPs

Dana Wahlberg, Director, ECN
Joe Fick, Area Sales Manager, Motorola Solutions, Inc.
John Olsen, Communications Consultant, Independent Emergency Services
Bill Wiswell, Solutions Architect, Solacom Technologies

Come hear from each vendor offering 9-1-1 "CPEaaS" in Minnesota. IES will showcase their partnership with Solacom and Airbus will highlight their direct to the customer Vesta platform. There will be updates on pricing, current participants and time for questions with each vendor.

Session E - Tuesday, April 24, 2018 2:50 PM - 3:50 PM

1E Vendor Session (AVIAT Networks) Microwave in the LTE/5G Era

Said Jilani, Senior Customer Solutions Architect, AVIAT Networks

This informative session will discuss evolution of microwave technology to support traditional public safety requirements as well as new technologies such as LTE and 5G. The presentation will review requirements and delve into trends and technologies that enhance capacity and operational simplicity of microwave in preparation for next generation networks.

2E CAD-to-CAD Interoperability

Julie Heimkes, Senior Consultant, Winbourne Consulting

This session will discuss the feasibility report and recommendations for a shared CAD-to-CAD system in the Metropolitan area. This report details the regional and even state-level opportunities for sharing CAD data between PSAPs.

3E Applications

Rick Burke, Partner, Televate
Josh Jack, Consultant, Televate, LLC

This breakout session will review the various criteria considerations for a public safety Mobile Application Toolbox. The Application Toolbox can assist with the evaluation, selection and integration into operations of viable public safety mobile applications. The session will provide an overview of the toolbox and further explore one of the tools, stepping through the various considerations an agency or user will want to investigate before deploying. The toolbox criteria includes the following: Usage, wireless connection and throughput, security, interoperability, system architecture and cost.

4E Alex Tech-Online Training Update (Including FirstNet Initiatives)

Linda Muchow, Technology Specialist, Alexandria Technical and Community College

Alexandria Technical and Community College has developed a number of online training courses on behalf of ECN and the Statewide Emergency Communication Board (SECB). Their work was initially related to the ARMER project but has expanded to include online training related to NG911, FirstNet and IPAWS.

5E Motorola APX Advanced Programming (2 part session 5D/5E)

Brandon Larson, Radio Technician, City of St. Cloud
Nathan Timm, Radio System Manager, Washington County Sheriff's Office

This two hour session is intended for participants with experience programming APX series radios. Utilization and programming of advanced features will be discussed, such as Bluetooth audio, tone signaling (quick call paging), dynamic zones, using radio audio profiles, evacuation tone, site alias expansion and the new instant recall feature. Participants are encouraged to bring a programming laptop with APX R17 CPS preinstalled, a programming cable, an APX portable radio to test, an extension cord and a power strip.

6E The National 9-1-1 Office and the Transition to NG9-1-1

Jason Horning, NG9-1-1 Program Manager, North Dakota Association of Counties
Sherri Griffith Powell, Communication Consultant, Mission Critical Partners

The transition to Next Generation 9-1-1 has already brought considerable change, and value, to state and regional PSAPs across the country. Now it is time for our federal partners to take action and help bring these emerging Emergency Services IP Networks (ESInets) together towards the end goal of an interoperable network of networks. Hear how the National 9-1-1 Program Office has brought together various technical and operational representatives from across the country to begin addressing that challenge and what tasks those representatives are facing.

7E Cybersecurity in the PSAP

Dan Craigie, 9-1-1- Project Manager, ECN

What is ECN doing to protect our 9-1-1 network? What can I do at my PSAP today to prevent cyber intrusions? We'll answer those questions and more to make sure you, your staff, and your PSAP has a basic understanding of what the threat is and what we can do to stop it.

Session F - Tuesday, April 24, 2018 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

1F Vendor Session (AT&T) FirstNet Initiative

Shane Olsen, Principal Consultant - Minnesota, AT&T
Andy Sackreiter, , AT&T FirstNet

This is an opportunity for AT&T to explain the FirstNet initiative. How does local control work, quality of service and priority and preemption? Do I have band class 14 coverage in my area? When will I have coverage? The core network should be in place for this session. Bring your questions. Prepare to schedule one on one meetings with FirstNet built with AT&T if this interests your agency.

2F The Real Text to 9-1-1 Panel

Dustin Leslie, 9-1-1 Analyst, DPS ECN
Sherri Griffith Powell, Communication Consultant, Mission Critical Partners
Heidi Hieserich, Supervisor, Minneapolis Airport Emergency Communications Center
Al Fjerstad, PSAP Manager/Emergency Management Director, Mille Lacs County Sheriff's Office
Amber Schindeldecker, Public Information Officer, Emergency Communication Network/Homeland Security and Emergency Management
Christopher Muller, Director, Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office

Join us for a roundtable discussion about the real stories behind the statewide deployment of text-to-9-1-1. Regional PSAPs, along with Dustin Leslie of ECN, will discuss call taker training, carrier testing, real text-to-9-1-1 success stories, implementation challenges and lessons learned. The roundtable discussion will be moderated by Sherri Griffith Powell, MCP, and we will have plenty of time for questions from the audience.

3F FirstNet Developer Program - Application Innovation and Hackathons

Tim Pierce, FEMA Region V, FirstNet

The First Responder Network Authority in partnership with FirstNet Built by AT&T have conducted a series of App Innovation Forums and Hackathons. Both these events are part of the FirstNet Developer Program which is intended to leverage the innovation of the private sector to bring public safety specific applications to the marketplace. This session will cover what has been learned so far and who should participate in future events and how to get involved.

4F ASTRO Infrastructure Offering Updates and MTUG Meeting

Dave Dombrowski, North American Senior Manager, Motorola Solutions, Inc.
Jake Thompson, Radio System Manager, Anoka County

This session will be the first hour of a two-hour meeting of the Motorola Trunked Users Group (MTUG). All are welcome to attend. Join this ASTRO Specialist led session to learn about new ASTRO Infrastructure offerings including; RF site equipment, new features and applications (7.17 features and beyond). After this session, attendees will have learned about new ASTRO solutions that improve officer and citizen safety, decreasing first responder response times, increase accountability and improve operational efficiency.

5F INTD, INCM, RADO, AECS and TERT

Troy Tretter, Radio Services Coordinator, Metropolitan Emergency Services Board (MESB)
Jim Jarvis, Regional Coordinator, Department of Homeland Security
Alan Choutka, Regional Emergency Communication Coordinator, DHS-FEMA Region V
Dan Anderson, Senior Coordinator for Data Collaboration and Communications, Hennepin County Emergency Management

Did you know that there are more positions in the Communications Unit than just COML and COMT? Did you know that Minnesota's COMU Standard Operating Guidelines authorizes regions and agencies to organize their COMU personnel into teams? This session will explore several recently-adopted COMU positions and the ways in which a region and agencies could organize their personnel.

6F IPAWS Committee Meeting

John Dooley, IPAWS Program Manager, ECN

This will be the chance you will have if you haven't been to an IPAWS Committee meeting to join in and find out what is going on with alert and warnings and how to help shape warning policies in the State of Minnesota.

7F Minnesota Shared Services Panel Discussion

Steve Olson, Instructor, Lake County and On Target Training and Consulting
Judy Diehl, APCO Representative, Stevens County
Cathy Anderson, Standards & Training Coordinator, DPS ECN
Mark Mather, Sheriff, Lyon County Sheriff’s Office
John Olsen, Communications Consultant, Independent Emergency Services
Dave Thomson, Systems and Communications Administrator, Rochester Police Department
Jason Matthias, Assistant Center Supervisor , St. Louis County 911
Bill Wiswell, Solutions Architect, Solacom Technologies

Join us for a panel presentation involving members of the public safety community discussing the benefits of shared services in the State of Minnesota. Examples of shared services include call handling systems, CAD, logging equipment and radio. This panel will speak to the financial, technical, and operational benefits of shared services as well as the governance behind implementing these shared services.

Session G - Wednesday, April 25, 2018 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

6G Working in the Wilderness: Responding and Communicating in the BWCA and Remote Areas

Kurt Erickson, First Lieutenant, St. Louis County Rescue Squad
Rick Slatten, Captain, St. Louis County Rescue Squad

This session will be presented by Kurt Erickson and Rick Slatten from the St. Louis County Sheriff's Rescue Squad and will review the challenges associated with responding to and communicating in remote areas including the BWCA. Case scenarios will illustrate communication struggles, challenges, and solutions and outline the capabilities of a very progressive rescue operation.

8G Case Study "Super Bowl 52"

Troy Tretter, Radio Services Coordinator, Metropolitan Emergency Services Board (MESB)
Jim Stromberg, ARMER Program Manager / Statewide Interoperability Coordinator, DPS ECN
Rod Olson, Manager of Radio Electronics, City of Minneapolis
Andrew LaVenture, Firefighter / EMT / COML, Edina Fire Department
Sara Boucher-Jackson, Training & Quality Assurance Specialist, City of Minneapolis Emergency Communications Center
Dan Anderson, Senior Coordinator for Data Collaboration and Communications, Hennepin County Emergency Management

Super Bowl LII was probably the largest public safety event to ever occur in Minnesota. Planning public safety communications for the event took nearly two years and involved dozens of persons. This session will give a behind-the-scenes view of what went into coordinating this enormous event. This session will be repeated so all that are interested may attend (Repeat 8H).

Session H - Wednesday, April 25, 2018 9:40 AM - 11:10 AM

6H Virgin Islands / Puerto Rico

When hurricanes devastated the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico this past summer, public safety personnel from around the nation responded. With local communication systems disabled or compromised and responders coming from around the nation, this created significant interoperability communication challenges. The presenters for this session were each deployed to these Caribbean islands and will share their experiences.

8H Case Study "Super Bowl 52"

Troy Tretter, Radio Services Coordinator, Metropolitan Emergency Services Board (MESB)
Jim Stromberg, ARMER Program Manager / Statewide Interoperability Coordinator, DPS ECN
Jim Jarvis, Regional Coordinator, Department of Homeland Security
Rod Olson, Manager of Radio Electronics, City of Minneapolis
Andrew LaVenture, Firefighter / EMT / COML, Edina Fire Department
Sara Boucher-Jackson, Training & Quality Assurance Specialist, City of Minneapolis Emergency Communications Center
Dan Anderson, Senior Coordinator for Data Collaboration and Communications, Hennepin County Emergency Management

Super Bowl LII was probably the largest public safety event to ever occur in Minnesota. Planning public safety communications for the event took nearly two years and involved dozens of persons. This session will give a behind-the-scenes view of what went into coordinating this enormous event. This session will be repeated so all that are interested may attend (Repeat 6H).