Rooney appointed to Homeland Security’s Public Safety Communications Commission

TRENTON, NJ – Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney has been appointed to the statewide Public Safety Communications Commission which oversees the Office of Information Technology in the Department of Homeland Security and State Preparedness. As a member, he will work to implement legislation to assist first responders when needed.

I’m grateful for this opportunity to help prepare our state for emergencies. As mayor of Wyckoff, I successfully oversaw the town’s emergency response communications system and helped facilitate the transition from a municipal to a regional service throughout Bergen County,” said Rooney (R-Bergen). “I fully understand the importance of maintaining effective communications between various first responder agencies during an emergency situation and look forward to using my experience to enhance the safety of the public.”

The commission is responsible for designing, planning and implementing the state’s emergency 9-1-1 telephone system. Its members helped create public safety answering points for more specific geographic response, emergency notification systems, and FirstNet and JerseyNet, which provides information to first responders.

The commission is comprised of members of the General Assembly, Homeland Security, Office of Information Technology, State Police, Health and Treasury departments, Division of Fire Safety, and representatives from the northeast, northwest, shore and Delaware River regions of the state.