PSERN Newsletter August Edition


From the Director

Official PSERN Project Kick-Off meeting!

The PSERN Project continues to move forward at a steady pace. August has been busy with continued site visits, surveying of sites and site leasing. Last week we held our official PSERN Project Kick-Off meeting! This was an important meeting for the project and the system vendor Motorola Solutions to get together and discuss how the project will move forward, scheduling, duties and much more.

Motorola Solutions will play an integral role throughout the project as the system vendor providing various critical services. We have worked with them to develop a detailed schedule of events that will happen in the following sequence:

  • Detailed Design Review
  • Site Review
  • Factory Staging
  • Installation and Upgrades
  • Integration
  • Optimization
  • Coverage & Accepting Testing
  • Training
  • Warranty System Support
PSERN Project Manager Hai Phung welcomes team members at the offiical PSERN Project Kick-off meeting. Photo by Karla Clark
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As you can imagine, a project this size will have several vendors working on it.  We are currently starting negotiations with a construction management vendor. Once on board, the vendor will be responsible for oversight of special inspections, coordination on sites, building permits and much more.

We look forward to the PSERN Project continuing forward and working with our partners, vendors and other project participants.

- David Mendel, PSERN Project Director

Attendees at the Kick-Off meeting stop and pose for a pic. Photo by: Kelsey Burrows
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PSERN Team Spotlight- Meet Marlin Blizinsky, PSERN Project Government Relations Officer

Marlin takes in the view on the 13th floor of the Chinook Building. Photo by: Karla Clark
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Marlin was the first fulltime employee to join the PSERN Project! Instrumental in developing government relations strategies at the beginning of the project, Marlin acts as the project authority when it comes to project governance issues. In addition to government relations, his day to day activities include project lead on site leasing and other legal documents. According to Marlin his favorite part of the job is seeing progress on a goal (the project) he thinks is important for the public and first responders.  Marlin’s most memorable moment working on the project? “Seeing the positive election results on the levy to fund the Project. It was a wonderful relief!”


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  • From the Director
  • New PSERN Video
  • Project Buzz
  • PSERN Team Spotlight
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New Video Gives Inside Look at PSERN

PSERN IT Lead Sean Douglas gives us some insight on the technology behind the new network. Photo by: Karla Clark

After a couple months on location, it’s finally here! The new PSERN video is finished and is taking the internet by storm! The video features subject matter experts from the PSERN project as well as members from the first responder community who share their experiences using the current radio communications network. Learn about everything from how the new network will improve how first responders will communicate with dispatch and each other, new data features involved and technology behind it. Special thanks to all those involved!

Check the video below! You can also find it on the official PSERN Web Site and You Tube.



Bellevue Fire Department's Lt. Richard Burke explains how communications on the radio network impacts the timing of each rescue. Photo by Karla Clark

Project Buzz...

Surveyors at work on East Tiger Mountain. Photo by: Sean Douglas
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Site Surveys

Site surveyors are continuing on to visit sites determining where property lines are and who owns which properties.This process helps with leasing creation and zone drawings.  Once Zoning has approved the drawings  Construction Design and permitting can begin.

Goats Goats and more Goats!

The PSERN Project team might be expanding!

 In an effort to practice being "green" the project may use goats to clear vegetation at new site locations. Using goats instead of bulldozer controls weeds and brush without harming the existing grass and soil. If goats are used for clearing, this will help the PSERN project achieve a Platinum rating for the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system.

PSERN may have some new four legged hard working members join the team! Photo by: Paul Hollie
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