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Charles LairdProgram Specialist, Div. of Broadband and Digital EquityNC Department of Information Technology

Charles is a public safety professional and an asymmetrical technologist who has 15 years of experience and knowledge in the public safety industry as well as with various types of technologies. Charles’s experiences with coordinating and deploying hundreds of search and rescue personnel during Hurricanes Matthew, Harvey, Michael, Irma, and Florence has given him a unique perspective on how agencies and governmental agencies respond to large scale disasters. Charles is also a volunteer firefighter at the Youngsville Fire Department. He is the Program Specialist of NC’s First Responder Emerging Technologies Program and is charged with exploring how technology is researched, developed, and implemented in the Public Safety space. Charles aims to be a staunch advocate for North Carolina's First Responder community in the technology field.