The California Emergency Management Agency, the California Fire Chiefs Association Communications Section, and the Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley Disaster Management Initiative announce this year’s mobile communications/command vehicle rally on Sun and Monday May 22 and 23rd.
This year’s event will combine the Rally with CMU Disaster Management Initiative for a greater opportunity for associated workshops and exercises. The event will be held at the CMU Silicon Valley campus located within the NASA Research Park at Moffett Field in Mountain View, California.
A wide variety of public safety and private/corporate communications vehicles will be on display. Workshops and exercises will cover a wide variety of both technical and operational topics relevant to emergency and disaster management communications and interoperability.
3rd Annual Mobile Command Center Rally (MCC Rally): This event will gather together a wide variety of mobile command and communications units from around California in order to demonstrate the variety of capabilities and mutual aid operability of local and regional mobile comm units in CA.
2nd Annual Disaster Management Initiative (DMI): This event will bring together first responders along with DMI’s community of researchers, volunteers, radio amateurs, and industry partners to collaborate in conducting research experiments and demonstrations around emergency communications technology.
Training & Education: Both DMI and the MCC Rally are offering a number of learning opportunities, including workshops, demos, experiments, and exercises, during the event. Topics include interoperability tests based on first responders’ experiences from last year’s gas explosion in San Bruno, plus classes on interoperability (including a data/protocol transfer “plugfest”), field communications, location-based data collection, and much more.
Sponsors thus far include California Emergency Management Agency (CalEMA) and California Fire Chiefs Association (CFCA), IntraPoint, the National Disaster Resiliency Center (NDRC), and the Wireless Communications Alliance (WCA).
For sponsorship opportunities, attendance and participation please email email@example.com.
Attendance will be limited, so please contact us soon.
Please contact Randall Larson at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a spot for your command/ communications vehicle for both or either days. Command units will need to be accompanied by an agency representative able to host tours of the unit.
Please pass this along to any other associates with active command/comm vans in your area who
may wish to participate.
www.calchiefs.org (select “communications”) http://dmi.sv.cmu.edu http://CalEMA.ca.gov
I’ve already signed up and hope to see you there!