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Case Study: Merging Technologies at the Florida Building Collapse

Jason Matthews  (Sheriff's Sergeant, Lake County Florida)

Andy Pichs  (Radio System E911 Administrator, Douglas County)

Rob Richardson  (Account Executive, Motorola Solutions, Inc)

Location: N262

Date: Monday, March 21

Time: 11:00 am - 11:45 am

Track: Interoperability, Emergency Comms: LMR, LTE, 5G

Format: Power Session

Vault Recording: TBD

On June 24, 2021, the Champlain Towers South, a 12 story condominium partially collapsed in Surfside Florida, Miami-Dade County. Thirty Five (35) were rescued from the un-collapsed portion of the building. Ninety eight 98 people died.
The session will review the response to the tragic Florida Building Collapse. A large multi-agency, multi-discipline Type I incident response resulted. Many national and state Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) task forces deployed, as one of the largest deployments in program history. Numerous fire, law enforcement and medical units were dispatched, both initially and operated long term. Communications security, frequency coordination, radio system compatibility, utilized by personnel working amid tons of debris during rescue and recovery operations will be discussed by panelists who were involved in the incident.
Panelists will discuss the technical and operational issues and the problem solving to ensure the personnel safety, and requesting/installing communications assets.


Experts will discuss the technical and operational issues and the problem solving to ensure the safety of personnel and requesting and installing the proper equipment to provide not only incident communications but the ability to communicate with the local dispatch centers, the Emergency Operations Center.