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FCC Filings Submitted by Groups Representing 9-1-1, Law Enforcement, Fire Fighters, EMS, Public Safety, Deaf/Hard of Hearing, and Public Health

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Monday, May 19th 2014
| Washington DC


Washington, DC – May 16, 2014 – A unified front of the nation’s leading public safety and public health organizations submitted comments this week in support of a proposed Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rule to help emergency responders more quickly and accurately find 9-1-1 callers using wireless phones from indoor locations.  More than 300 individuals and organizations filed during the initial comment period with the overwhelming majority supporting the FCC proposal.

Among those supporting the rule were many of the largest and most respected organizations representing 9-1-1 professionals, police officers, fire fighters, EMS workers, public safety professionals, older Americans, heart attack and Alzheimer’s patients, and the deaf and hard of hearing.  They were joined by hundreds of individual 9-1-1 dispatchers and first responders who submitted personal comments through the FCC’s web site or in survey responses that were filed with the FCC.

Among the organizations filing joint or individual comments in support of the FCC’s proposed rule were:

Law Enforcement

International Association of Chiefs of Police

National Sheriffs’ Association

Fire Fighters

International Association of Fire Fighters

International Association of Fire Chiefs

Emergency Medical Professionals

National Association of State Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Officials

National Association of EMS Physicians

National Association of EMTs

National EMS Management Association

American College of Emergency Physicians

9-1-1 Professionals

National Association of State 911 Administrators

National Emergency Number Association

Association of Public Safety Communications Officials

CALNENA

Texas 9-1-1 Alliance

Texas Commission on State Emergency Communications

[Texas] Municipal Emergency Communication Districts Association

San Francisco Department of Emergency Management

Nebraska Public Safety Commission

Older Americans

AARP

Alliance for Retired Americans

Public Health

Alzheimer’s Association

American Heart Association

Public Safety

National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners

National Public Safety Telecommunications Council

Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

National Association of the Deaf

Association of Late-Deafened Adults

Cerebral Palsy and Deaf Organization

California Coalition of Agencies Serving the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Consumer Advocacy Network

Technology Access Program, Gallaudet University

“The support for this rule across the public safety and public communities is truly breathtaking,” said Jamie Barnett, Director of the Find Me 911 Coalition and former Chief of the FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau. “These organizations are on the front lines of emergency response, and they know that lives are being lost every day because 9-1-1 professionals cannot quickly find indoor callers using wireless phones.  The urgency of this rulemaking is unquestionable, and we commend Chairman Wheeler and the other commissioners for their leadership by taking fast action on it.”

According to the FCC’s estimates, at least 10,000 lives a year could be saved by improvements in response time through the FCC’s proposed rule.  All of the comments submitted can be found at http://apps.fcc.gov/ecfs/comment_search/execute?proceeding=07-114

About the Find Me 911 Coalition

Find Me 911 is an effort supported by more than 200,000 individuals, as well as national and local organizations. The individuals and organizations represent a broad range of 911 operators and first responders – emergency medical services personnel, fire fighters and police.  Find Me 911 seeks to ensure that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) move forward quickly to establish a reasonable, measurable level of location accuracy for emergency calls made indoors, enabling first responders to locate emergency calls from wireless phones from all locations rapidly and efficiently.

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