2016 Pennsylvania Command Rally
The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA), in conjunction with Pennsylvania State Police (PSP), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and PEAKE, formally Incident Communication Solutions (ICS), coordinated the development of the 2016 Pennsylvania Command and Communications Rally on April 21, 2016 at Hershey Park in Hershey, PA.
There were two main objectives established for this event. The first was to improve responders’ ability to coordinate and communicate through training and exercise programs that use all available technologies and target gaps in emergency communications. The second objective was to ensure operational effectiveness through the coordination of communications capabilities, resources, and personnel from across the whole community.
The event kicked off at 8:30 am and was shortly followed by a series of Roll Call exercises. The Pennsylvania State Police developed 3 CLEAR roll call exercises with Mark Wrightstone serving as the COML. The Federal Partnership for Interoperable Communications (FPIC) conducted a series of 5 ENCRYPTED roll call exercises with Gary Mitchelson of the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration and FPIC group serving as the COML. A separate Aviation roll call was run, with supporting elements coming from PSP, United States Coast Guard (USCG), Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and Pennsylvania Air National Guard (PaANG). PEMA served as the Aviation Coordinator for all aviation activity.
PEMA, the Pennsylvania South Central Task Force Amateur Radio Working Group, and Army MARS hosted a series of demonstrations: HF voice demo, MARS Encryption demo, FLDigi Data demo, and UHF/VHF voice demo. The benefits shown from these demonstrations included methods of encryption, monitoring multiple frequencies, and sending/receiving medical information.
PEAKE/ICS brought along our Demo Truck and OSPREY Trailer to be displayed for demonstration. The OSPREY mobile infrastructure unit supports data and voice for Responders on the front lines, delivering reliable and versatile communications. The trailer is designed to provide in-the-field scene lighting, 7000 watts of conditioned power, and weather tight storage. PEAKE/ICS also set up a booth for selling Rally T-Shirts with the proceeds going to the Go Fund Me accounts of the fallen Sheriff’s Deputies of Harford County, MD; Deputy Patrick Dailey and Senior Deputy Mark Logsdon.
Overall it was a successful day of networking with potential customers and current clients, great weather, and excellent food provided by Mission BBQ.
Participating Vendors and Displays:
- RELM Wireless Corp
- IP Access International
- Mission Critical Partners
- Codan Radio Communications
- Pennsylvania State Police Camp Cadets
- Centre Communications
- JPS Interoperability