PSERN Newsletter-July Issue

PSERN July Newsletter

From the Director

Letter to Issue
PSERN Team members look on as King County Information Technology (KCIT) Chief Information Officer Bill Kehoe signs the letter for King County to issue Notice to Proceed to System Vendor Motorola. Pictured from left to right: Kieu Ton, Rena Jackson, Hai Phung, David Mendel, Sean Douglas, Marlin Blizinsky, Robert Anslow and Karla Clark. Photo Credit: Terra Milles.

These last couple weeks have been a monumental time for the PSERN project!

On Monday, June 29, the Metropolitan King County Council approved three critical documents to move the PSERN project forward-Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), Implementation Interlocal Agreement and an Appropriations Ordinance.

What does this mean? It means that the PSERN project can finally fully begin!

Once the legislation was approved by Council, we were able to issue Notice to Proceed (NTP) to the system vendor, Motorola Solutions Inc. They have provided us with a detailed schedule that lays out specific plans on how the project work will proceed.

In other work, we have issued an Request for Proposal (RFP) for a construction management firm and hope to identify a finalist soon.

Congratulations to the PSERN Team and partners-Eastside Public Safety Communications Agency (EPSCA), City of Seattle and Valley Communications (ValleyCom) who worked so hard to get to this point.

We are looking forward to moving the project ahead!

-David Mendel, PSERN Project Director

Done Deal! From left to right: PSERN Project Manager Hai Phung, KCIT Chief Information Officer Bill Kehoe and Project Director David Mendel. Photo Credit: Terra Milles.

Click here to view PSERN Project Schedule

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PSERN Team on the Move-Literally!

PSERN Team members have an impromtu meeting in their new space. Pictured from left to right: Kieu Ton, PSERN Project IT Administrator, Robert Anslow, PSERN Construction Manager and Sean Douglas, PSERN IT Lead. Photo Credit: Karla Clark.

If you go to the King County Administration Building looking for the PSERN team you won't find them there! Last month, the team moved to the Chinook Building located in downtown Seattle on 5th Avenue. You will find the team residing on the 6th floor working hard on the project. Just look for the sign below hanging from the ceiling!

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Hot Off the Press!

Welcome to the 5th issue of PSERN News! This is the place to stay up to date on the latest milestones, schedules and other happenings on the project.

In This Issue

  • From the Director
  • Notice to Proceed Issued
  • Council Decision
  • Sites Update
  • PSERN Video
  • Office Move
  • New Logo


PSERN Logo Face Lift

Check out the new PSERN logo! Coverage, Capacity, Capability and Connectivity best describe what this project is about!

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Sites Sites and more Sites

A view from Snoqualmie Mountain site. Photo Credit: Sean Douglas.

The Architecture & Engineering Consultant Odelia Pacific Corporation has been given the go ahead for the next phase of site development. This will include proceeding with studies, surveys, permits, leases and design documents for 23 sites. 

 Last month, the Request for Proposal (RFP) went out for a project construction management firm. Bids closed July 9 and will be reviewed by project staff and partners over the next couple of weeks. 

PSERN Video Coming Soon

Seattle Police showing us how the emergency radio system is used in a vehicle. Photo Credit: Karla Clark.
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Last month the PSERN communications team hit the road to talk with first responders about the new system and get their perspective on how it will help them.

 We found that the first responder community is excited about PSERN and the improvements it will have.  "Whether they are using portable microphones or mobile radios in the car officers need to be able to communicate with dispatch or other officers and first responders in the field,"  said Captain Dick Reed, Seattle Police Department. "What we are looking for in PSERN is a way to do that seamlessly," Captain Reed continued. 

The PSERN video will be used as another tool to spread the word about the project to first responders throughout King County. It will feature interviews with PSERN staff as well as interviews with first responders. Taping has finished and we anticipate the video will be ready for distribution mid-summer.

Bellevue Medic One personnel take time out to talk about how PSERN will help them. Photo Credit: Karla Clark.

We need your help spreading the word about PSERN! Please be sure to forward this newsletter to your colleagues so that they can sign up to receive it! Also keep an eye out for updates on our Web site and Twitter page!