Florida Senate - 2019 COMMITTEE AMENDMENT Bill No. SB 536 Ì184002eÎ184002 LEGISLATIVE ACTION Senate . House Comm: RCS . 03/13/2019 . . . . ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— The Committee on Innovation, Industry, and Technology (Brandes) recommended the following: 1 Senate Amendment (with title amendment) 2 3 Between lines 249 and 250 4 insert: 5 Section 4. Section 365.179, Florida Statutes, is created to 6 read: 7 365.179 Direct radio communication between 911 public 8 safety answering points and first responders.— 9 (1) As used in this section, the term: 10 (a) “First responders” includes the law enforcement 11 agencies, fire service agencies, and emergency management 12 services providers that are designated as first responders for 13 the service area in which a PSAP receives 911 calls. 14 (b) “911 public safety answering point” or “PSAP” means a 15 municipal or county emergency communications call center in this 16 state which receives cellular, landline, or text 911 17 communications. 18 (2) A PSAP must be able to directly communicate by radio 19 with first responders. The PSAP must be able to make such 20 communication without having to transfer a 911 call or having to 21 relay information received during a 911 call to another PSAP or 22 emergency communications center for dispatch. 23 (3) In collaboration with all first responders in his or 24 her county, each sheriff shall enter into a written agreement 25 with each first responder to establish protocols under which a 26 PSAP that does not dispatch calls for a first responder agency 27 will directly notify the first responder agency’s on-duty 28 personnel of an emergency by radio. The agreement must require 29 the PSAP to be able to communicate with the personnel without 30 having to transfer the 911 call for dispatch to that agency or 31 having to relay the information received during a 911 call by 32 telephone or other indirect means. 33 (4) Each PSAP shall install, in at least one dispatch 34 console within its emergency communications center, the primary 35 radio dispatch channels of each first responder in the county it 36 serves. If there are multiple PSAPs in a county, each PSAP must 37 have this capability. 38 (5) Upon the written request of a law enforcement agency 39 head, any other law enforcement agency head in the same county 40 or an adjoining jurisdiction in another county shall authorize 41 the requesting agency to install the other agency’s primary 42 dispatch channel or channels in the requesting agency’s mobile 43 or portable radios. 44 (6) By January 1, 2020, each county sheriff shall certify 45 in writing to the Department of Law Enforcement that all PSAPs 46 in his or her county are in compliance with this section. 47 48 ================= T I T L E A M E N D M E N T ================ 49 And the title is amended as follows: 50 Delete line 13 51 and insert: 52 interest; creating s. 365.179, F.S.; defining the 53 terms “first responders” and “911 public safety 54 answering point” or “PSAP”; requiring a PSAP to be 55 able to directly communicate by radio with first 56 responders; requiring each sheriff, in collaboration 57 with first responders in his or her county, to enter 58 into specified written agreements; requiring each PSAP 59 to install local first responder radio dispatch 60 channels in its emergency communications center; 61 requiring a law enforcement agency head to authorize 62 the installation of his or her agency’s primary 63 dispatch channel or channels on certain other law 64 enforcement agency’s mobile or portable radios, upon 65 request; requiring each county sheriff to certify 66 compliance in writing with the Department of Law 67 Enforcement by a specified date; providing an 68 effective date.