Unlike major urban centers, rural areas face unique challenges associated with emergency medical response. Emergency communications personnel in rural communities require the appropriate training and expertise for medical and non-medical response. Recognizing these challenges, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) established the Rural Emergency Medical Communications Demonstration Project (REMCDP) to help rural communities examine barriers and identify solutions that help improve the delivery of rural medical care.
Author: Gerald “Jerry” Jaskulski, CISA, Next-Generation 911 (NG911) Working Group Federal Lead
During a pandemic, public safety answering points (PSAPs) around the country must be prepared for reduced onsite staff due to social distancing measures and increased sick and family medical leave. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) recently interviewed Ed Reuter, Executive Director of the Indiana Statewide 9-1-1 Board, to discuss these solutions and lessons learned. Highlights of the interview are summarized below.
Earlier this year, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) reestablished the Rural Emergency Medical Communications Demonstration Project (REMCDP) grant to work with up to two public and state-controlled institutions of higher education to examine communications barriers and identify solutions that enhance existing emergency communications infrastructure. The REMCDP Notice of Funding Opportunity was open on grants.gov from May 8, 2020, through June 30, 2020.
Jim Downes, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), Branch Chief
To help Project 25 (P25) users navigate the continuing evolution of P25 systems and the complex world of P25 Standards, the P25 Steering Committee, with support from CISA, developed the Statement of Project 25 User Needs (SPUN) as a framework for users to better understand P25 technologies and define their communications needs.
Author: Joshua Black, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), FPIC Federal Encryption Lead
Author: CISA Tribal Emergency Communications Program