The Statewide Alert Network began as a project of the Maryland Fire Chiefs Strategic Planning Committee in early Spring of 2002, after considerable deliberation concerning terrorist attacks of 9/11. Working together with the Virginia Fire Chiefs, and meeting at the (IAFC) International Association of Fire Chiefs Headquarters, with Federal & State Officials the Statewide Alert Network began.
The Alert Network disseminates critical and emergency information in a timely manner to the Chief Officers of the FIRE/EMS services in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, Ohio, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina and District of Columbia. In addition, Federal, State, Local agencies; public safety, emergency management and police are receiving alert notifications.
The Statewide Alert Network incorporates a wide variety of technologies to deliver secure and non-secure information that helps First Responders to remain safe and well information, since they are often the first to arrive at an incident.
The Statewide Alert Network gathers its information through cooperative agreements with various Federal, State and Location government agencies with homeland security, public safety and emergency management involvement. In our effort to cover all aspects of the FIRE/EMS Service, and with excellent cooperation with the Maryland State Firemen’s Association, we continue to have meetings and contact with many agencies to continue to improve our information stream. Information is received from numerous Federal and State sources, reviewed and passed on to those whom are registered through text messaging, cell phone and email.
The Statewide Alert Network is for Chief Officers of the FIRE/EMS Service and Officials of Federal, State and Local Government Agencies serving the (10) ten States and District of Columbia whom have a valid NEED TO KNOW.
Officers from other jurisdictions are welcome to register.
If you feel you qualify to receive these ALERTS, please complete the attached electronic registration form or download the PDF form and fax to 301-714-0832. After review, you will be notified by email of your entry into the network.
Operations Chief: Skip Menzies
Technology Chief: Rick Hemphill
Operations Officers: Jason T. Miller, Havre Woods
The Statewide ALERT Network is a free emergency communication system used to disseminate to first responders critical and emergency information before, during and after a terrorism event, state of emergency or other major incident to the Chief Officers of the Fire/Rescue/EMS Service of Maryland.
Information is received from a variety of sources: (MJTTF) Maryland Joint Terrorism Task Force, (ATAC) Anti Terrorism Advisory Council – U.S. Dept. of Justice, (FBI) Federal Bureau of Investigation, (HSIN-JRIES) Homeland Security Information Network-Joint Regional Information Exchange System, (NFA) National Fire Administration, (CIPC) Critical Infrastructure Protection Center, (FEMA) Federal Emergency Management Agency, (MCAC) Maryland Coordination and Analysis Center, (MEMA) Maryland Emergency Management Agency, (MIEMSS) Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems – (FRED) Facility Resources Emergency Database, (RICCS) Regional Incident Communications and Coordinating System, (CDC) Center for Disease Control, (MDOT) Maryland Department of Transportation, Virginia Fire Chiefs and Operation Respond.
Information that is important to the first responder community is then sent out via the Statewide ALERT Network. The ALERT Network sends emergency alerts, notifications and updates using (SMS) to cell phones, pagers, Blackberry, PDA's and/or e-mail accounts, and by reference, to our secure website, (which contains critical information far to voluminous to transmit to mobile information devices) in the event of an emergency, such as a terrorist attack, state of emergency or other major incident.
The Statewide ALERT Network is for Chief Officers of the Fire/Rescue/EMS service and Officials of Federal, State and Local Government Agencies serving Maryland, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Virginia, Washington DC, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, North Carolina and Ohio, although Officers from other jurisdictions are welcome.If you feel that you qualify to receive these ALERTS, please complete the attached form or Use the PDF above or download a registration form by clicking here and return by fax to 301-714-0832. After review, you will be notified by email of your entry into the network