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Navigating the Portal to Public Safety Communications

Author: Randall D. Larson

Copyright: Copyright 9-1-1 Magazine, Feature Content

Date: 2011-03-01
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We hope you’ve found 9-1-1 Magazine’s new incarnation as emergency communications’ first Web Portal valuable and informative.  We’ve tried very hard to provide the same sense of articulate vision and presentation about public safety communications technology and operations that we did in nearly a quarter century of existence as a print publication.  While I miss turning paper pages in my hands and getting ink smears on my fingertips, I’m finding that the immediate access of cyberspace is allowing us to post more information and reach more readers, more often.  I’m keeping the site updated twice a week – new features every Monday, news items added twice weekly.

Our home page is the access point for the Web Portal, but there are lots of places you can seek information and find content.  You can browse the links on our home page to find articles, columns and news features, as well as book reviews, videos, links to significant White Papers, employment opportunities, and a calendar full of major activities (conferences and symposiums and such) in emergency communications.  The regular departments from our printed magazine can all be found under the DEPARTMENTS link just under our logo at the top of the page; click here to browse Product Profiles, Corporate News, People Places & Things and our From the Field photo department (and please, feel free to send relevant news and original photos for inclusion on our site to editor at 9-1-1magazine dot com).  Breaking news, columns, and features are all posted on the home page, or you can browse all of the currently posted news items, departments, and features by themselves.  Especially significant is the ability to search for any posted item by topic, and we’ve got nearly 50 topic categories our web stories are assigned to; so if you’re looking for something on, say, mobile data or recording systems, facilities planning or interoperability, dispatch center leadership or tactical dispatch or anything else, just punch the “Click to Search by Topics” link within the Articles/Library page or within any department or news section and check our topics list – then what has to offer you.

We’re also gradually archiving essential stories from our printed magazine onto the web site; some are already posted and can be found under Articles/Library or when searching by topic, but we’ll be posted many more.  You can follow us on Twitter or Facebook to receive announcements whenever new feature content is posted to the web site, or you can sign up to receive our monthly e-newsletter, which will update you on new content posted to the web site.  When you’re purchasing or inquiring, support our advertisers and let them know you heard about them online at 9-1-1 magazine.

It’s been our mission since 1989 to cover the ongoing changes and technological advances in 9-1-1 dispatch and emergency communications, and my own mission since I came on board as editor in 1995 to focus on the ever changing universe of emergency public safety communications management, technology, and operations.  As 9-1-1 Magazine finds its new home orbiting the World Wide Web we welcome you to surf our site and populate our Portal and see how can assist you in managing, supervising, or operating your emergency communications center, shift, or console, preparing for that disaster or major emergency, or supporting your vital telecommunications partners while you’re responding into the field.

We welcome your comments and suggestions on our posted features, and solicit your feedback to ensure we’re meeting your needs in a compelling, informative, and more interactive way than ever before.

Randall D. Larson


March 1, 2011


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