Pennsylvania National Guard commander to speak at conference

Emergency communication professionals convene for hands-on experience at statewide interoperability conference

University Park, Pa. -- The commander of Pennsylvania’s Air National Guard will offer the keynote speech at the 2009 Pennsylvania Statewide Interoperability Conference, a conference that is making strides in improving the way emergency personnel communicate with each another.

Maj. Gen. Stephen M. Sischo, deputy adjutant general-air for the Pennsylvania National Guard, will offer the keynote address for the conference that will be held Sept. 30 to Oct. 1 at the Penn Stater Conference Center on Penn State's University Park campus.

The conference also will feature a functional communications exercise centered on a disaster scenario at a popular area music festival.

According to Charlie Brennan, Deputy Secretary for Public Safety Radio, the exercise will help acquaint users with the PA-STARNet system can be used to provide interoperability between state and local users.

“This year we want to move ahead with a real-life scenario to show counties and other agencies the power of using the network for communications interoperability,” said Brennan. “We have worked hard over the last year by participating in several exercises showing local and state users how the radio system can be used to tie users together who need to communicate during an emergency.”

Conference attendees also will attend a full slate of classroom sessions and have the opportunity to view technology exhibits and a gallery of vendor displays. The conference is hosted by the Office of Public Safety Radio Services in the Governor’s Office of Administration. Information about the conference is available at http://www.conferences.psu.edu/interop2009 online.

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Last Updated September 24, 2009