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"Whenever a public safety emergency strikes, such as a devastating fire, flooding, tornadoes, and in the day-to-day interaction among public safety professionals, there is no real integrated communications system statewide. Throughout our state, fire, law enforcement, and medical professionals cannot talk to each other effectively. The recent tragedies at public schools across the country have demonstrated in terrible detail the overwhelming need for public safety response officials to be able to communicate efficiently and productively. By working as a team, Project Hoosier SAFE-T will make a difference for local communities."
- M. Tracy Boatwright, Indiana State Fire Marshal, September 13, 1999
"Now that we have the SAFE-T system on line, we are very happy with it. It has been a huge asset for our officers on the street. We are looking forward to having Montgomery County officers come on the system, so that we can take advantage of SAFE-T's interoperability."
- Dave Johnson, Chief of Police, City of Crawfordsville, Indiana, January 22, 2003
"As the former Executive Director of Indiana's State Emergency Management Agency and the former Commissioner of the Mayor's Office of Emergency Management for the City of New York, I have significant experience with integrated communications systems in disaster response situations. I am writing in support of your efforts to develop Project Hoosier SAFE-T. Following the September 11th terrorist attack, communications interoperability is vital for effective and safe operations."
- Jerome Hauer, Kroll, October 17, 2001
"Project Hoosier has several positive aspects as follows:
Project Hoosier SAFE-T is innovative, and it will enable public safety agencies to provide more effective and efficient services to the citizens of the state. Citizens expect and deserve the best public safety services and these services cannot be the best without an integrated communication system."
- George S. Ake, Project Coordinator, Capital Wireless Integrated Network, October 15, 2001
"As a local elected official involved in the search and rescue efforts of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995, I am writing in support of your efforts to develop Project Hoosier SAFE-T, a statewide voice and data communications system that will enable local, state and federal public safety agencies to communicate with each other during disasters, emergency situations and in daily operations.
During search and rescue efforts at the Oklahoma City bombing, our public safety personnel had limited capability to communicate with the many agencies that responded. For example, fire fighters, law enforcement officers and emergency medical personnel were not on the same radio systems. Furthermore, federal, state and local agencies were also operating on separate radio systems. While the hard work of our first responders saved many lives, the ability to communicate on one radio system would have significantly increased the safety of rescuers and those individuals they served.
Your efforts with Project Hoosier SAFE-T will address many of the same issues we faced in Oklahoma City and that Indiana's public safety agencies face today - outdated radio communications equipment and lack of interoperability. I commend the teamwork and commitment demonstrated by Indiana to develop an integrated radio communications system that will enable local, state and federal public safety agencies to respond more safely and effectively to incidents like ours."
- Ann Simank Councilwoman, Ward 6, The City of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, October 17, 2001
"I know that a great deal of planning and effort has been put forth by the state and I am particularly impressed by the Hoosier Safe-T project. That is an excellent use of the money as it benefits all local governments in the state."
- Sonya L. Margerum, Mayor, City of West Lafayette, Indiana, April 25, 2003 "As a recent attendee of the National Interoperability forum in Washington, DC, I am writing in support of your efforts to develop Project Hoosier SAFE-T, a statewide voice and data communication system that will enable local, state, and federal public safety agencies to communicate with each other during disasters, emergency situations, and in daily operations.
Your efforts with Project Hoosier SAFE-T will address many of the same issues we faced in Beaverton and Washington County and that Indiana's public safety agencies face today - outdated radio communication equipment and lack of interoperability."
- Rob Drake, Mayor, City of Beaverton, Oregon, October 16, 2001
"On December 6, 2001, a gunman entered a factory in Goshen, Indiana, and started shooting employees of the factory. Numerous agencies responded to the scene and initiated action to resolve the situation. Our department was one of those agencies. As it turned out, the gunman took his own life after fatally wounding one person and injuring six others. Cooperation between all agencies was excellent.
However, as is common in Indiana, any time agencies try to work together, radio communication is poor at best. Police agencies typically cannot communicate with each other, nor with emergency medical people, nor fire support personnel. Goshen was not an exception to this. Routinely, information had to be passed from one agency to another before the people that needed the information could get it. This created some confusion and obviously delayed reactions in this situation. Project Hoosier SAFE-T would have had a very positive impact on the communications at this incident and hopefully getting SAFE-T in full operation could alleviate or reduce potential problems in the future.
As I stated earlier, this is not uncommon. I have been on numerous details where I had three different radios. This was necessary so I could communicate with other agencies. It is not only inefficient, it is impractical and not very safe in emergency situations. Hopefully this situation can be remedied in the not too distant future."
- Larry R. Rollins, Captain, Indiana State Police, North Field Operations, December 27, 2001
"I am writing you to reinforce our commitment to a better communications system for emergency workers such as police, fire, and EMS. As Sheriff of Elkhart County I recently had to deal with an 'active shooter' situation at Nu-Wood Industries, a business here in Elkhart County. As the situation unfolded and eventually was concluded, there were a number of jurisdictions on scene willing to assist in whatever way was necessary. Assisting agencies came from as far away and Indianapolis, and included the FBI, ATF, Indiana State Police, along with local fire, EMS, police departments, and Goshen College.
There were a number of logistical problems that had to be dealt with. The next problem was not being able to communicate with various agencies at the scene. I believe you are aware of that problem, and are working to remedy it through the Project Hoosier SAFE-T. I would encourage you to continue to work on that agenda item, finding full State funding in order to provide the necessary communications service to officers and agencies providing public service and protection to the citizens of Indiana."
- Thomas G. Snider, Sheriff, Elkhart County, Indiana, December 27, 2001
"As a member of the Integrated Public Safety Commission, I am proud that the City of Greenwood was the first municipality to join the Project Hoosier SAFE-T Network. The network has been deployed for a year, and it has been a significant asset for our public safety officers. The SAFE-T network played a pivotal role in helping our public safety officers respond quickly and efficiently after the September 20th tornado that damaged dozens of homes and businesses throughout our city. I look forward to Project Hoosier SAFE-T's full statewide implementation. Based on its performance in the City of Greenwood, I believe the SAFE-T network will be a huge success for public safety agencies and for the citizens of Indiana."
- Charles E. Henderson, Mayor, City of Greenwood, Indiana, January 7, 2003