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Federal, State, County Emergency Responders to Participate in Border Security & Public Safety Exercise

McAllen Partners with Motorola Solutions to Demonstrate Latest Technology; Federal & State Lawmakers Expected to Attend 

McALLEN, TX (2.29.12) McAllen Mayor Richard F. Cortez, U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar and several Texas lawmakers are expected to participate in a border security and public safety exercise in McAllen, Texas, Friday March 2, 2012, at the City of McAllen Emergency Operations Center, at 201 N. 21st Street. 

The City of McAllen, in partnership with Motorola Solutions, and other federal, state, county and local Rio Grande Valley public safety agencies will stage the exercise to showcase the area’s emergency preparedness. 

The event will begin with a scenario briefing at 8:00 am.  Elected officials are expected to join emergency responders for the briefing.

The exercise will consist of two separate hazardous material incidents that will test local emergency response. The areas of focus will be Command & Control, Radio Interoperability and Regional Response capabilities. 

Among the agencies participating are McAllen Fire Department, Pharr Fire Department, Hidalgo County Sheriff Department, Palmview Police Department, Hidalgo County Office of Emergency Management, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). 

Participants will see the latest Motorola Solutions communications technology at work and learn how these new tools enable not only true inoperability among first responders, but also how the latest applications help counter natural or man-made disasters, as well as assisting with border security. 

Event Details 

Friday, March 2

Emergency Operations Center

201 N. 21st Street

McAllen, Texas 78501                                                                                               

8:00 am

Intro & Scenario Briefing 

9:00 am

Exercise Begins

 11:00 am

Exercise Concludes 

11:00 am

Debrief of Scenarios and Solutions 

Technology to Demonstrate is P25 Interoperability and LTE. 

Project 25 Radios with Integrated Voice & Data

  1. Noise Cancelling with Fire
  2. Geographic Positioning System and mapping of portable devices
  3. Text messaging with portable devices
  4. Programming Over Project 25 and Over The Air Re-keying not show but identifying

Long Term Evolution live video streaming of scene to and from vehicles Long Term Evolution new devices with video and Push To Talk over Project 25 system. 

For more information, contact City of McAllen Public Information Director Roy Cantu at (956) 792-7779. 

Here’s information on the mobile broadband technologies by Motorola Solutions that are being used to support the exercise:

 Special note:  Motorola will have a Police Patrol Vehicle (PPV) parked outside of the McAllen Emergency Operations Center at the event for product demonstrations and interviews with the media.  A Spanish speaking representative will be available. 

Here are some recent news stories on the PPV, including TV coverage:  

- You Can’t Run From the Cop Car of the Future (Gizmodo) 

- A Look at the Next Generation of Police Cars (WBBM-TV, Chicago) 

- Motorola’s Connected Patrol Car (Police Magazine)

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