Interoperability in emergency communications is a communications challenge that’s almost as old as the use of portable radios in public safety and emergency management. But, how much do you know about interoperability? In this article, you’ll learn why communications interoperability is critical for your organization’s mission success and why you should invest in it.
The most important part of the grant application is the written narrative. This is your opportunity to tell the grant evaluators your story (that “painted picture”). Using the radio system example again, describe the challenges and barriers presented by your current system. Describe the adverse impact your current system is having on safety, effectiveness and efficiency as you provide emergency services. A good written narrative (as any good story does) answers the questions:
Jim Lyons is a seasoned professional with more than twenty-five years of experience in sales, marketing and management. He’s a nationally recognized expert in fire apparatus specification, design, quality assurance and training. Jim is the President and Owner of J. Lyons Fire Consultants providing consultation services to fire departments, municipal government agencies and companies engaged in purchasing and servicing of firefighting equipment and apparatus.
For many fire department leaders, specifying and purchasing fire apparatus can be a very difficult process. Because it’s an infrequent task, many fire chiefs or truck committees are unfamiliar with the processes and procedures that such a project entails.
For Fire & EMS departments the “conventional wisdom” regarding marketing has been primarily, “We don’t need to market our services. When people have a fire, they call 911 and we respond. They don’t have a choice. It’s not like deciding what store to shop at.”