Safer Buildings Coalition added as a NPSTC Member Organization


Posted on June 17, 2020
SBC adds your voice to this very important federation

It's official: The Safer Buildings Coalition has joined the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) as an affiliate member. NPSTC Chair, Ralph Haller and SBC Managing Director John Foley signed a Memorandum of Understanding on June 1, 2020. With the agreement in place, NPSTC and the Safer Buildings Coalition will work together to support the development of attributes of wireless technologies for public safety communications inside of buildings.

"Communications inside of buildings is critical for public safety and we look forward to working with the Safer Buildings Coalition to provide the best communications possible," Ralph Haller said.

"The ability to communicate inside buildings is at the focal point of our core mission for both the public and public safety. It is vital for the safety of our first responders that they have and maintain reliable communications capabilities at all times while operating inside buildings. Our Collaboration with NPSTC will bring resources and attention to this critical need, and we are excited to be working together to help protect the men and women who protect us on a daily basis," SBC Executive Director, Chief Alan Perdue (Ret.) added.

This relationship firmly establishes the Safer Buildings Coalition as a thought leader and amplifies SBC’s voice and message as we work to represent our members. 

"As a result of this MOU, members of the Safer Buildings Coalition and the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council will have unprecedented access to the thought leadership both entities offer. The partnership will improve knowledge-sharing among experts in the field, contributing to the mission of both organizations while leading to better overall outcomes for public safety. The memorandum of understanding between the SBC and NPSTC represents a terrific step forward for public safety communications," notes Brandon Allen, Manager, Government Relations at the International Association of Fire Chiefs. 

In the sea of organizations and acronyms floating around in our information-heavy world, here's one to remember.  NPSTC, the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council, is a volunteer federation of public safety organizations, whose mission is to improve public safety communications and interoperability through collaborative leadership.  NPSTC's members are the organizations representing fire, EMS, law enforcement, transportation, and other telecommunications organizations.

NPSTC Governing Board includes:

  • American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)
  • American Radio Relay League (ARRL)
  • Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA)
  • Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International
  • Forestry Conservation Communications Association (FCCA)
  • International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)
  • International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM)
  • International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC)
  • International Municipal Signal Association (IMSA)
  • National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO)
  • National Association of State Emergency Medical Services Officials (NASEMSO)
  • National Association of State Foresters (NASF)
  • National Association of State Technology Directors (NASTD)
  • National Council of Statewide Interoperability Coordinators (NCSWIC)
  • National Emergency Number Association (NENA)
  • National Sheriffs' Association (NSA)

Liaison Organizations:

  • DHS Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA)
  • DHS Science & Technology Directorate (S&T) First Responders
  • Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
  • Federal Partnership for Interoperable Communications (FPIC)
  • National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)
  • Public Safety Communication Europe (PSCE)
  • SAFECOM Program
  • U.S. Department of Justice (US DOJ)
  • U.S. Department of the Interior (US DOI)
  • University of Melbourne Centre for Disaster Management and Public Safety (CDMPS)

Affiliate Organizations:

  • Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS)
  • Government Wireless Technology and Communications Association (GWTCA)
  • Open Mobile Alliance (OMA)
  • Project 25 Technology Interest Group (PTIG)
  • Safer Buildings Coalition
  • TCCA The Critical Communications Association (TCCA)
  • Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA)

Read the announcement here:

Visit NPSTC online here: NPSTC Website