DHS Selects Lafayette Group to Continue Providing Outreach Support to the Nation’s First Responder Community

October 15, 2014

Since 2007, the Lafayette Group has supported the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Emergency Communications (OEC) in carrying out its mission to support and promote communications used by emergency responders and government officials to keep America safe, secure, and resilient.  This wide-ranging support includes:  providing first responder training and innovative tools, statewide planning for emerging technologies, and strategic outreach to public safety stakeholders.  Following three years as its prime contract support for Outreach and External Affairs for the Office of the Director, the DHS-OEC recently selected Lafayette Group to continue providing its services to support its strategic outreach to the nation’s first responder community.

Through this new contract, Lafayette Group will support OEC in enhancing its outreach activities involving the implementation of the recently updated National Emergency Communications Plan, and promote services available for first responders to support planning for the use of emerging technologies, such as broadband, text-to-9-1-1, and the next generation of priority services Government Emergency Telecommunications Service (GETS) and Wireless Priority Service (WPS). 

Since 2012, Lafayette Group staff has worked to enhance OEC’s strategic outreach to its stakeholders within the public safety community.  This has included securing and supporting over 150 strategic speaking engagements and 28 exhibit booth deployments national and State-level conferences.  Staff has also leveraged real-world accounts about how OEC programs and services support first responders in strengthening their planning and capabilities to respond to incidents and support large planned events.  Recent examples include the response to the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings and Super Bowl 48 in 2014.

“The way to help key decision makers understand the value of OEC’s services and support is by hearing firsthand from first responders in their community using real-world scenarios.  Lafayette Group staff is uniquely positioned to do that through its experience in providing training and building relationships with emergency response and government officials across all levels of government.  We’re appreciative for the opportunity to continue supporting DHS-OEC as it continues to support the nation’s first responders in the ever-changing environment,” said Lafayette Group Partners Scott Green and Charles DeWitt.

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