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Arnold HooperTennessee SWICState of Tennessee

Arnold Hooper NCSWIC, Tennessee SWIC Arnold Hooper began as a Volunteer Firefighter and Rescue Squad member in 1976 and eventually attained the rank of Assistant Chief. In 1985, his vocation as an Electronic Technician and his passion for public safety combined when he accepted a radio shop position with the City of Chattanooga. He has been involved in the birth and maturity of public safety trunking radio in Southeast Tennessee, including leading the City of Chattanooga Radio Shop since 2001. In 2008 he was chosen as the Project Manager/System Manager for the new Tennessee Valley Regional Communications System (TVRCS), a P25 trunking system operating in east Tennessee and northwest Georgia. The TVRCS broke jurisdictional barriers separating communications across state and county lines. Under his IWCE 2021 Call for Speakers Submission Form leadership, it became the starting point for a statewide interoperable communications system in Tennessee. In July 2012, he retired from the City of Chattanooga and SAFECOM-NCSWIC Quarterly Newsletter 9 joined the State of Tennessee’s Department of Safety and Homeland Security as Wireless Communications Director to manage the statewide build out for the Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) of the TVRCS P25 trunked radio system. With the successful deployment of the Statewide Tennessee Advanced Communications Network, he has been given the responsibility of advancing the role of the THP dispatch operations merging 8 different Radio Rooms into 4 Consolidated Dispatch Centers strategically located across the state. He is the Single Point of Contact (SPOC) on the FirstNet program and has recently been named the Tennessee SWIC. He has spoken at several national conferences including the National Association of Counties (NACO), International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE), and Motorola Trunked Users Group (MTUG).