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The Aging Public Safety Facility: What You Need to Consider

Posted by Jeff Lupinacci on Dec 14, 2018 2:30:00 PM

The building that houses a public safety answering point (PSAP), emergency operations center (EOC) or data center is a key component of successful, continuous mission-critical operations that support emergency response. Traditionally, such a facility will impact the agency and community it serves for two decades or more. As that 20-25-year mark approaches, how do you decide when it might be time to consider a renovation or brand-new facility? Start by asking yourself the following questions:

  • How old are the building and any additions that have been built over the years?
  • Is the facility located in a space or area that was specifically designed to house mission-critical operations?
  • Is the building old, small or dilapidated?
  • Has the building been hardened to secure the facility and protect continued operations?
  • Does the building pose health, safety or other risks to the staff?
  • Are existing infrastructure, building systems or space limitations already causing concerns?
  • Have you added systems without reviewing the effect on power and cooling?
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Topics: Public Safety Facilities

Announcing the Launch of MCP's Book, Expert Advice to Guide Your Mission-Critical Facility Project

Posted by Morgan Sava on Oct 26, 2018 3:30:00 PM

A project to build or refurbish an emergency communications center—including a 911 center—or an emergency operations center is no small undertaking. Generally speaking, the decisions made will impact the agency and its stakeholders for at least 20 years, perhaps a half century or more.

Mission-critical facilities must meet today’s operational and technology requirements while being flexible enough to accommodate the unforeseen practices and systems deployed in the future. The complexity of such a project is daunting. Every single decision impacts many other aspects of the facility and the desired operational outcome—just as a pebble tossed into a lake creates ripples that are many times larger than the pebble. Therefore, a great deal of thought needs to be put into sizing, purposing and equipping the facility.

In light of that, we are excited to announce the launch of MCP's new book nearly ten years in the making, "Expert Advice to Guide Your Mission-Critical Facility Project."

The basis of this book is to offer guidance to those who are spearheading facility projects, whether they be government officials, public safety directors or facility managers. The MCP Team has learned the hard lessons about what works, and what doesn't, when it comes to facility design. This book is intended to share those lessons in order to help project leaders navigate the constraints and challenges that could have a detrimental impact on bringing the facility to fruition.

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Topics: Mission Critical Technology, Public Safety Technology, Public Safety Facilities

Power Management Considerations for the Public Safety Facility of the Future

Posted by Jeff Lupinacci on May 23, 2018 2:30:00 PM

Over the last year, we’ve talked a lot about the operational impact that technology and data will have on public safety agencies and public safety answering points (PSAPs). While advanced telecommunicator training, new data systems, improved network management and cyber security will remain a focus for government and PSAP leaders, as we look ahead to the future we must also take into consideration how these changes and technology advancements will ultimately affect the physical public safety facility, as well.

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Topics: Public Safety Facilities

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