Speakers included Lyle Gallagher, APCO president and director of communications for North Dakota State Radio; Thera Bradshaw, APCO first vice president and executive director of the Emergency Communications Department of the City and County of San Francisco; Bill Hinkle, APCO Project 38 chair and director of Hamilton County (Ohio) Department of Communications; Rick Hessinger, APCO 9-1-1 committee chair and 9-1-1 facilitator for North Dakota State Radio; Jim Schlichting, the FCC's Deputy Bureau Chief for wireless communication; and Dr. Angelo Salvucci, chair of California's Emergency Medical Services Commission.
...Committee members include Thera Bradshaw, APCO first vice president and executive director of the City and County of San Francisco Emergency Communications Department; Jack Keating, APCO past president and communications director of the West Covina (Calif.) Communications Department; Steve Souder, Arlington County (Va.) Emergency Communications Center administrator; Chris Fischer, director of communications for Valley (Wash.) Communications Center; Nancy Pollock, executive director of the Minneapolis/St.
"We certainly have a huge job cut out for us," Bradshaw
said during the meeting.
...That is just not acceptable in today's world," said Thera Bradshaw, First Vice President of the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International.
Bradshaw's comments were made during the National Mayday Readiness Initiative press conference in Southfield, Mich., which included an emotional plea from a High Point, N.C. doctor who described a desperate call for help from his
son in Richmond, VA. - a plea that turned to panic as the family discovered they could not contact anyone to help due to the lack of a national 9-1-1 directory.
"You can get energetic and enthusiastic and have passion when it's over making the world a better place - and that's what this effort it about.we're talking about the United States, but it is a global world and we need to look at 9-1-1 and emergency access in a global way," Bradshaw
...Among the participants of the press conference, in addition to Dwyer and Gallagher, were: Thera Bradshaw, APCO First Vice President and 9-1-1- Director for the City of San Francisco; Dr. Van Fletcher, a North Carolina physician whose family faced a life and death situation addressed by a key NMRI recommendation; Dr. Howard Champion, a leading trauma surgeon; William Baker, director of the US Department of Transportation's ITS Public Safety Program; Robert C. Lange, Engineering Director of Automotive Safety, General Motors Corporation; John Melcher, Vice President of the National Emergency Communications Officials; and Brian Fontes, Senior Vice President of the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association.
...Authorized by APCO's Board of Officers in August 1999, Project 36 is led by APCO First Vice President Thera Bradshaw and directed by its chair, Lex Rutter.
...SOUTH DAYTONA, FL (April 7, 2000) - The Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International's Second Vice President Thera Bradshaw announced she is leaving her post as 9-1-1 executive director in Vancouver, Wash., for a new career challenge in the San Francisco Bay area. Bradshaw, who has led the Clark Regional Communications Agency in Vancouver for the past 10 years, will begin her new job directing the Emergency Communications Department, City and County of San Francisco, April 24.
San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown appointed Bradshaw
to build and lead the new department, where she
will be working closely with him and local police, fire and emergency medical service (EMS) professionals. A graduate from the University of Washington, Oregon State University and the FBI Executive Command College, Bradshaw has a great deal of experience to head the San Francisco 9-1-1 operation.She served as president of the National Emergency Number Association (NENA) in 1995, president of APCO's Oregon chapter for two terms and chaired several of its committees.
Bradshaw's new directorship will, in some ways, mirror her
past position in Vancouver.The 28-year veteran of public safety communications helped build and mold the Clark County agency
into a professionally run organization with state-of-the-art equipment.The facility was built after voters passed a measure to finance a regional communications center.It would serve 42 county emergency service providers, including the sheriff's department, six police departments, all city fire departments and three EMS providers.
The situation is similar in the Bay area, where Bradshaw
will be directing a new consolidated facility for police, fire and EMS