Whether your PSAP has 4 positions or 40, the responsibilities of Public Safety remain the same. This includes the need for the latest technology at your Calltakers' fingertips.
At Airbus DS Communications, we've been serving PSAPs of all sizes for almost 50 years. We know all PSAPs don't have the same resources. Yet, the reality is - SAFETY HAS NO SIZE™. That's why we've created a VESTA® solution for PSAPs of every size.
Saginaw County 9-1-1 Communications Authority was one of the winners in the drawing from our VESTA 9-1-1 Essentials webinar. All those who attended the webinar automatically entered into a drawing for a free meal for their PSAP – all shifts! Pictured here is the Saginaw night shift. The meal also fed the day shift, some of the Jail Guards, a handful of the MSP troopers and a few of the City Officers.
The boxes they are holding each had a full size sub, a bag of chips, a BIG cookie, and a pickle. Vickie Stuart the Executive Assistant at Saginaw summed it up, "It was awesome!!"
The other winners, who received the meal for their PSAP are:
Thank you all for all you do. We are proud to serve you.
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We know PSAPs 10 positions and under have unique needs, which is why we've created a program to best serve you – the VESTA® 9-1-1 Essentials solution.
It takes your resources into account: your budget constraints (now and future) and the fact you have minimal to no technical staff to dedicate time to NG9-1-1. It was built to address these constraints, while fulfilling your needs, giving you indispensable functionality to protect your community, while making your job easier.
You need technology that will take you into Next Generation, and a support team who will keep their eyes out for potential problems before they arise so you have peace of mind.
What you experience in your PSAP and community is unique. Yet, because SAFETY HAS NOT SIZE, your knowledge is invaluable to your peers. That's why we always want to share your stories.
Our second story is on Halifax County and how they are overcoming their challenges – recruiting and training. It's also telling how the VESTA® 9-1-1 Call Handling Solution provides an intuitive design and built-in tutorials to make onboarding easier. Click here for the full story.
Want to share your story? Email firstname.lastname@example.org and help fellow PSAPs better protect their communities. Your stories give us all more information to do our jobs better.
It's a fact; Public Safety is undergoing its biggest technology change yet, which means your PSAP's technology has to evolve, too. Again, we know not all PSAPs have the budgets or facilities to host standard NG9-1-1 solutions. And, that's why we've created a VESTA solution specifically for PSAPs with 10 positions or less. Learn more about feature-rich functionality and budget-friendly cost of the VESTA® 9-1-1 Essentials.
It's a great feeling to know you have people on your side who understand what you're up against every day to protect lives and property. You need people championing alongside you. And, that's what you get with Airbus DS Communications and your Service Provider - no matter if you're right next door or all the way in Barrow, Alaska. It's true; we're here for you! Learn more about your champions.
Tim DiMarco has been with Airbus DS Communications for 11 years. Ask him what is most rewarding about what he does and he says without hesitation, "It allows me to make a difference in the communities we serve."
Tim serves PSAPs and communities big and small across the western U.S. They span as far north as the three-position agency in Barrow, Alaska, and down the coast to larger communities like San Diego and Spokane. He knows, first hand, how unique the needs are for each PSAP.
"Larger PSAPs have dedicated Calltakers, Dispatchers, IT Departments and Supervisors. Smaller PSAPs don’t always have the personnel, but their role is no less important," says Tim. "In fact, their needs are great because they have to do it all."
As a champion for all customers, including his 2-10 position PSAPs, Tim is committed to providing the tools, services and solutions they need.
"PSAPs, like the Indio Police Department, in Indio, CA, with six positions, need a solution that is intuitive, easy to use and really an extension of the Calltaker. This is critical because the 9-1-1 call handling system is an inherent part of doing their job confidently. And that’s what VESTA® does – it gives these Calltakers a flexible system they can call their own and be assured they are protecting their community."
As far as Tim is concerned, each PSAP’s needs are big. For him, safety obviously has no size.
Becky Stewart knows first-hand the challenges 2-10 position PSAPs face because she lived it. She started her career in Public Safety as a Dispatcher and then became Director for a six-PSAP regional system in Texas. That was 35 years ago, and for the last eight, we've had the fortune of having her on the Airbus DS Communications team. In her role as champion for PSAPs, Becky is passionate that all PSAPs – no matter the size – have the technology and support to protect their neighbors, friends and families.
"Calltakers are there to provide a service to their community. And in smaller PSAPs, it's usually personal because you know the person calling 9-1-1. They may be a family member or neighbor or friend. And often these small PSAPs do it all – taking 9-1-1 calls, booking people into jail, sounding the tornado alarms, taking payments for a ticket. All their various responsibilities make it especially critical they process their 9-1-1 calls at the same level of quality as a PSAP with 40 positions."
If you ask Becky the biggest challenge facing smaller PSAPs, she'll give it to you straight. "It's three things – funding, funding, funding. A police chief has to buy vests, guns and cars. So their limited dollars have to be stretched very far. And that's one reason why I'm excited we can offer the VESTA® 9-1-1 Essentials system. It has the same functionality as our VESTA 9-1-1 solution, but it’s built to address the funding and network monitoring needs of 2-10 position PSAPs. With VESTA 9-1-1 Essentials, a small PSAP is assured of the same level of functionality as Los Angeles or New York City, for example. That's pretty powerful."
When it comes to Next Generation, Becky helps her customers be confident. "We've you covered and are here to ensure you are on the right path. I make sure the customers I serve have the ability to easily keep up with the crowd and start taking advantage of next generation features today."
Travis Bottiglier has been working in Public Safety for 20 years, joining Airbus DS Communications 14 years ago. He works with PSAPs across the East Coast, especially in rural communities. He knows their managers and directors wear many hats and work incredibly hard to fulfill the many responsibilities needed in 2-10 position centers. As a champion, he's committed to providing tailored solutions so that they can worry less and serve more.
"All 9-1-1 centers are there to help people. And the small PSAPs are doing it will less. The fact is they have challenges the larger PSAPs don't always have – like funding and having to go for grants; staffing, many have a high level of turnover. Bottom line is, they have to do the same with less. Just because you're small doesn't mean you are doing anything less than the big guys."
Knowing their challenges, Travis is "excited" about our VESTA 9-1-1 Essentials solution. "It's all inclusive of what you need, day one. It has the exact functionality as our VESTA 9-1-1 system, but it fits the budget of a 2-10 position PSAP. And, it comes bundled with 24/7 monitoring. Being able to offer an affordable package with monitoring services is a testament to our commitment, and our Service Providers' commitment, to these PSAPs. It's great to be able to tell them 'we have a Next Generation solution for you.'"