Station Officer Graham Tait AFSM
Operational Communications Systems Officer
Fire & Rescue NSW
Graham Tait has been a firefighter/officer with Fire & Rescue NSW for 36 years, as well as a volunteer firefighter with the NSW Rural Fire Service for 41 years.
With training and experience in all aspects of fire, hazardous materials and rescue over his period of service, he has a unique understanding of the fire service, and the public safety sector within NSW.
For the past 13 years, Graham has been in a role that saw him manage the computer-aided dispatch and radiocommunications systems for the Fire & Rescue NSW call-taking and dispatch centres, culminating in the implementation of a $10 million system upgrade completed in June 2012.
He is also a member of NSW Task Force 1, Urban Search & Rescue team, which saw him deployed to both the Christchurch earthquake and the Japan tsunami in 2011 and Vanuatu in 2015 after cyclone Pam, to provide communications support to the fully self-sufficient rescue teams.
In his current role, he is responsible for research and development of communications systems and technology to aid firefighters in doing their jobs more safely and efficiently.
Graham provides operational input to technology vendors and internal IT practitioners on systems and technology such as live video streaming, UAVs, mobile broadband and satellite systems, land mobile radio, mobile data, alerting and dispatch, and much more.
Thursday 13 June: 10.00am-10.30am
Transitioning to a data-enabled world in a mission-critical environment
Much talk over the past 5 years has been around the development and use of mission-critical broadband networks for emergency services and public safety agencies.
While these networks are being talked about, planned and eventually built, agencies need a way to access data today, they don’t have time to wait for PSMB. So how can voice and data services be provided to frontline crews in a reliable and efficient way?
This presentation will explore how using a mix of LMR, carrier cellular and satellite networks can bridge the gap between the needs of first responders today and the eventual availability of dedicated public safety broadband networks.