LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Teamwork and Communication can be the difference in life and death in a disaster. Wednesday emergency officials from across the state gathered in Little Rock to get on the same page at the Interoperability Conference.
Rarely do large scale emergencies like flooding, tornadoes and wildfires involve a single agency. This event provides responders a forum to share lessons learned and identify best practices to keep Arkansans safe. The main tool used during a disaster or incident is the state-wide wireless communication system, also known as AWIN. Director of AWIN, Penny Rubow, reflects on how the technology worked last year during a tornado in Faulkner County.
"Because we have a state wide communication system...those counties as they were traveling in to Faulkner County could already be preparing for their response while they were on the road," says Rubow.
Arkansas County Judge Sonny Cox helped prepare the conference and says emergency workers took part in training to become more efficient and work better under pressure.
Law enforcement agencies visited with different communication vendors to see what technology best suits their area.