Pre-9/11 Issues Still Prevalent For Emergency Workers


This report came more than seven years after the 9/11 Commission released their original research documents.The Associated Press reported that the radios necessary for emergency responders to communicate with each other are still not working at the levels that they should, 10 years after the problem was initially discovered.

A National Preparedness Group report released on Wednesday concluded that the recommendation for the creation of a nationwide broadband network for emergency responders has continued to languish, according to the news outlet.

“Despite the lives at stake, the recommendation to improve radio interoperability for first responders has stalled because of a political fight over whether to allocate 10 MHz of radio spectrum … directly to public safety for a nationwide network,” noted the report.

This report came more than seven years after the 9/11 Commission released their original research documents, containing 41 recommendations for sweeping changes to policies and institutional structures of the government, The Washington Times reported.

Although some of the recommendations were carried out and turned into policy, there is still significant room for improvement, something that may not occur due to the current state of politics in Washington, according to the newspaper.

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