The Broward County Consolidated Communications Committee (BCCCC) was established in 2012 by the Board of County Commissioners, prior to the 2014 consolidation of Regional 911. The purpose of the BCCCC was to provide feedback, suggestions and information to Broward County as it went about building the new regional system.
Membership included municipal mayors and city managers, police and fire personnel, and representatives from Broward Sheriff’s Office, Broward County Administration, Broward County Office of Medical Examiner & Trauma Services, the EMS Council and the business community. The BCCCC was sanctioned by the Broward League of Cities.
Following its pre-consolidation work, the BCCCC continued to meet, to review performance metrics and provide feedback, suggestions and information to Broward County related to consolidated dispatch, public safety radio systems and public safety applications.
In its December 2016 Phase II report, the County’s consultant, Fitch and Associates, recommended that the BCCCC be “sunset” and replaced by Operational Review Teams (ORT), led by fire and police field personnel. The ORTs were to provide an effective engagement process and forum for allowing decisions about Regional 911 operational matters to be vetted by stakeholders and voted on by agencies. In June 2018, the BCCCC was extended for three additional months, to allow time for establishing the ORTs, and was automatically “sunset” on September 30, 2018. More…
Final Pre-Consolidation Report
During its term, the BCCCC held a series of meetings and adopted a Final Pre-Consolidation Report on March 7, 2012.
The full report with all appendices is available upon request. Contact Regional Emergency Services and Communications at 954-357-8570.
In summary, the report concluded:
- Consolidation of dispatch services was technically feasible, desirable and would improve public safety, particularly with respect to misdirected and transferred 911 calls.
- A consolidated system should use three geographically separate Public Service Answering Point (PSAP) locations.
- Performance metrics should be based on “best practices” and exceed national standards, if possible.
- The governing board of a new system must include full representation of participating jurisdictions (one representative from each jurisdiction).
- The County should maintain its current funding level in the new system during the transition period of approximately three years. County’s funding in future years should be in the same proportion as its initial funding in the new system, disregarding transition costs. The gap in funding, after County funding and 911 fees, should be funded via a Municipal Services Taxing Unit (MSTU).
- An Advisory Board should be created and funded to provide expert evaluation of potential sites for PSAPs, staffing and other budget resources, procedures and standards, and development of an Inter-local Agreement.
- Cities joining the MSTU would do so via an Inter-local Agreement.
- The Board of County Commissioners approved the recommendation to create a Broward County Consolidated Communication Implementation Advisory Board (I-Board).