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TSAG Members to Participate in ITS Americas 3rd Annu

TSAG Chair, Dia Gainor and TSAG Member, Eddie Reyes, participated in ITS America's Emergency Responder Day and Communication Rally at the ITS America Annual Meeting in Nashville, TN Emergency Responders gathered in the the exhibit hall in the morning, where Dia Gainor led a tour to emergency repsonse related exhibitors. Then folks rallied in the parking lot to witness a multi-agency demonstration around a simulated earthquake scenario. The afternoon followed with a networking lunch and vehicle tours.

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TSAG Requests Proposals for Driver Distraction Project

The Transportation Safety Advancement Group is requesting proposals for a project on Device Distraction in Emergency Response Vehicles. This project will feature a white paper on current device distraction in police, fire, and EMS vehicles and possible solutions to this increasingly prominent issue. The deadline for proposals is Friday, May 17. Please view the full RFP here.

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New FHWA Office of Operations Publication:

“National Special Security Events: Transportation Planning for Planned Special Events.”

The primary audiences for this document are state departments of transportation (DOTs) and local transportation, public works, and law enforcement agencies responsible for planning and executing transportation for NSSEs.

Unique among planned special event activities are those events that carry the National Special Security Event (NSSE) designation. NSSEs occur with some frequency, with 35 of these events held between September 1998 and February 2010. These events include, but are not limited to, presidential inaugurations, presidential nominating conventions, major sports events such as the Super Bowl, and major international meetings such as the September 2009 G-20 Summit held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The US Secret Service (USSS) designates these planned special events due to the Secret Service’s responsibility for operational security for events of national significance. In most cases, NSSEs affect the transportation system for the jurisdiction in which the NSSE occurs. This document provides a transportation overview of NSSEs. As part of that transportation perspective, the document includes lessons learned from previous NSSEs, two transportation-focused case studies of two recent NSSEs, a checklist to assist transportation practitioners as they prepare for and execute an NSSE, a playbook that identifies key transportation activities for an NSSE, an NSSE fact sheet, a template as an aid to provide information about an NSSE to appropriate groups in both the planning and implementation phases of these events, and a resource directory. The primary audiences for this document are state departments of transportation (DOTs) and local transportation, public works, and law enforcement agencies responsible for planning and executing transportation for NSSEs.

The publication is currently available electronically at these FHWA Office of Operations Web sites:

Direct Link: http://www.ops.fhwa.dot.gov/publications/fhwahop11012/index.htm
Operations Current News: http://www.ops.fhwa.dot.gov/index.asp
Operations Publications page under PSE: http://www.ops.fhwa.dot.gov/publications/publications.htm
Operations Subject Index page: http://www.ops.fhwa.dot.gov/siteindex.htm
ETO Home page under What’s New in ETO: http://www.ops.fhwa.dot.gov/eto_tim_pse/index.htm
ETO PSE page under Publications: http://www.ops.fhwa.dot.gov/eto_tim_pse/about/pse.htm
ETO Publications page: http://www.ops.fhwa.dot.gov/eto_tim_pse/publications/index.htm

The document is currently being printed. For printed copies, please send your request to ETO@dot.gov or Karla.Bloch@dot.gov, ETO Publications Manager.

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New FHWA Office of Operations Publication: National Speci

The primary audiences for this document are state departments of transportation (DOTs) and local transportation, public works, and law enforcement agencies responsible for planning and executing transportation for NSSEs. Unique among planned special event activities are those events that carry the National Special Security Event (NSSE) designation. NSSEs occur with some frequency, with 35 of these events held between September 1998 and February 2010. These events include, but are not limited to, presidential inaugurations, presidential nominating conventions, major sports events such as the Super Bowl, and major international meetings such as the September 2009 G-20 Summit held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The US Secret Service (USSS) designates these planned special events due to the Secret Service’s responsibility for operational security for events of national significance. In most cases, NSSEs affect the transportation system for the jurisdiction in which the NSSE occurs. This document provides a transportation overview of NSSEs. As part of that transportation perspective, the document includes lessons learned from previous NSSEs, two transportation-focused case studies of two recent NSSEs, a checklist to assist transportation practitioners as they prepare for and execute an NSSE, a playbook that identifies key transportation activities for an NSSE, an NSSE fact sheet, a template as an aid to provide information about an NSSE to appropriate groups in both the planning and implementation phases of these events, and a resource directory. The primary audiences for this document are state departments of transportation (DOTs) and local transportation, public works, and law enforcement agencies responsible for planning and executing transportation for NSSEs. The publication is currently available electronically at these FHWA Office of Operations Web sites: Direct Link: http://www.ops.fhwa.dot.gov/publications/fhwahop11012/index.htm Operations Current News: http://www.ops.fhwa.dot.gov/index.asp Operations Publications page under PSE: http://www.ops.fhwa.dot.gov/publications/publications.htm Operations Subject Index page: http://www.ops.fhwa.dot.gov/siteindex.htm ETO Home page under What’s New in ETO: http://www.ops.fhwa.dot.gov/eto_tim_pse/index.htm ETO PSE page under Publications: http://www.ops.fhwa.dot.gov/eto_tim_pse/about/pse.htm ETO Publications page: http://www.ops.fhwa.dot.gov/eto_tim_pse/publications/index.htm The document is currently being printed. For printed copies, please send your request to ETO@dot.gov or Karla.Bloch@dot.gov, ETO Publications Manager.

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TSAG Chair Dia Gainor Joins NASEMSO

April 19, 2011 (Falls Church, Va.) The National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO) announces that Dia Gainor will join its staff on May 2, 2011, as the executive director and can be reached at dia@nasemso.org. In this new position, Gainor will be responsible for providing strategic leadership to promote and expand NASEMSO’s presence and capacity as a national leader in emergency medical services.

As executive director, Gainor will act as a spokesperson for NASEMSO, positioning the association to pursue its vision with federal partners and other organizations. Her major duties and responsibilities will include outreach, representation and business development, along with staffing NASEMSO’s EMS Data Council and the Pediatric Emergency Care Council.

Elizabeth Armstrong, CAE, NASEMSO’s executive director since 1996, will become NASEMSO’s executive vice president. She will oversee NASEMSO’s scope of operations and staff team delivery of services, programs and information beneficial to the members. She will continue to be responsible for the association’s legal and corporate functions, financial management and leadership/governance support. “The addition of a new member on the NASEMSO staff team will give us the ability to contribute to the nation’s EMS system on a whole new level,” explains Armstrong.

“NASEMSO is an established source of leadership in emergency and trauma care systems. I am looking forward to contributing to its progress through building enhanced partnerships with other associations and federal agencies, and supporting projects of national significance,” stated Gainor.

“We are extremely pleased to add Dia’s talents and skills to the outstanding group of professional staff who support the National Association of State EMS Officials,” said Randy Kuykendall, NASEMSO president and chief, Emergency Medical and Trauma Services Section, State of Colorado. “She brings a wealth of experience, insight and leadership to our organization, and we look forward to accomplishing many great things on behalf of the nation’s EMS community.”

Prior to coming to NASEMSO, Gainor was Idaho’s State EMS Director for 19 years. She is a past president and treasurer of NASEMSO, and currently chairs its Highway Incident & Transportation Systems Committee. She is an “EMS 10 Innovator” and the 2010 recipient of the James O. Page/JEMS Award. Gainor’s expertise is grounded in a Bachelor of Science in Emergency Health Services Administration, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, and 12 years of field experience as a paramedic and firefighter.

In 2008, Gainor was appointed by Secretary Peters to serve on the National EMS Advisory Council to the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) and was selected by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to serve as the Council’s first chair. She also chairs the Intelligent Transportation Systems Transportation Safety Advancement Group (TSAG) for the U.S. DOT Research and Innovative Technology Administration, which focuses on interdisciplinary opportunities to promote technology solutions to protect public safety responders and travelers.

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The National Association of State EMS Officials is the lead national organization for EMS, a respected voice for national EMS policy with comprehensive concern and commitment for the development of effective, integrated, community-based, universal and consistent EMS systems. Its members are the leaders of their state and territory EMS systems.

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Dia Gainor Joins NASEMSO as Executive Director

April 19, 2011 (Falls Church, Va.) The National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO) announces that Dia Gainor will join its staff on May 2, 2011, as the executive director and can be reached at dia@nasemso.org. In this new position, Gainor will be responsible for providing strategic leadership to promote and expand NASEMSO’s presence and capacity as a national leader in emergency medical services. As executive director, Gainor will act as a spokesperson for NASEMSO, positioning the association to pursue its vision with federal partners and other organizations. Her major duties and responsibilities will include outreach, representation and business development, along with staffing NASEMSO’s EMS Data Council and the Pediatric Emergency Care Council. Elizabeth Armstrong, CAE, NASEMSO’s executive director since 1996, will become NASEMSO’s executive vice president. She will oversee NASEMSO’s scope of operations and staff team delivery of services, programs and information beneficial to the members. She will continue to be responsible for the association’s legal and corporate functions, financial management and leadership/governance support. “The addition of a new member on the NASEMSO staff team will give us the ability to contribute to the nation’s EMS system on a whole new level,” explains Armstrong. “NASEMSO is an established source of leadership in emergency and trauma care systems. I am looking forward to contributing to its progress through building enhanced partnerships with other associations and federal agencies, and supporting projects of national significance,” stated Gainor. “We are extremely pleased to add Dia’s talents and skills to the outstanding group of professional staff who support the National Association of State EMS Officials,” said Randy Kuykendall, NASEMSO president and chief, Emergency Medical and Trauma Services Section, State of Colorado. “She brings a wealth of experience, insight and leadership to our organization, and we look forward to accomplishing many great things on behalf of the nation’s EMS community.” Prior to coming to NASEMSO, Gainor was Idaho’s State EMS Director for 19 years. She is a past president and treasurer of NASEMSO, and currently chairs its Highway Incident & Transportation Systems Committee. She is an “EMS 10 Innovator” and the 2010 recipient of the James O. Page/JEMS Award. Gainor’s expertise is grounded in a Bachelor of Science in Emergency Health Services Administration, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, and 12 years of field experience as a paramedic and firefighter. In 2008, Gainor was appointed by Secretary Peters to serve on the National EMS Advisory Council to the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) and was selected by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to serve as the Council’s first chair. She also chairs the Intelligent Transportation Systems Transportation Safety Advancement Group (TSAG) for the U.S. DOT Research and Innovative Technology Administration, which focuses on interdisciplinary opportunities to promote technology solutions to protect public safety responders and travelers. #### The National Association of State EMS Officials is the lead national organization for EMS, a respected voice for national EMS policy with comprehensive concern and commitment for the development of effective, integrated, community-based, universal and consistent EMS systems. Its members are the leaders of their state and territory EMS systems.

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TSAG Responds to FCC NG911 Notice of Inquiry

Washington, DC, February 28, 2011. TSAG today filed its Comments in response to the Federal Communications Commission’s Next Generation 911 Notice of Inquiry. In its filing letter (.pdf) TSAG Chair Dia Gainer notes that TSAG “supports an early and orderly transition of our nation’s legacy 911 systems to a Next Generation program that accommodates advances in communications technologies currently in broad use in our nation.

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Vehicle-to-vehicle communication safety demonstration impres

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Transportation Safety Advancement Group Adds New Members

Transportation Safety Advancement Group Adds New Members

Washington DC: At its December 2010 business meeting, the Transportation Safety Advancement Group (TSAG) elected three new members to fill vacancies in its Academic & Research, Technology & Telematics, and Law Enforcement interest communities. In announcing the selections TSAG Chair Dia Gainor (Chief, Idaho EMS Bureau) noted that in adding these members, pursuit of the TSAG mission is greatly strengthened. Gainor reports that TSAG members ratified the nominations of Dr. Robert Gray, (Academic & Research); Ms Cynthia Manley (Technology & Telematics), and Sgt. Philip Strohm (Law Enforcement). (Read More).

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NG9-1-1 Whats Next Forum Proceedings

Twenty (20) emergency responders representing four emergency responder groups, supported by TSAG NG9-1-1 advisers and public safety experts, convened the NG9-1-1 What’s Next Forum to actively participate in identifying their respective priorities for emergency response information to be delivered through NG9-1-1 (Read Forum Proceedings).

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