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Conference for Advancing Public Safety

Complimentary three-day virtual event will feature a comprehensive set of public safety communications workshops with industry leaders.

About the Event

Mission Critical Partners is hosting the Conference for Advancing Public Safety (CAPS), a three-day virtual event from June 16-18, that will feature some of the leading names in mission-critical communications. CAPS offers a cross-section of topics ranging from Next Generation 911 to wireless communications, to data, IT and networks, and more. Each three-hour track is composed of four engaging 45-minute discussions—including educational sessions and client and vendor roundtables— that attendees have the option to select from.


Day 1

9 am EDT (also available on-demand)


David Furth, Deputy Chief, Federal Communicatios Commission (FCC), Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau

10 am - 1:45 pm EDT

Next Generation 911

Learn best practices designed to accelerate your Next Generation 911 transition and help you thrive beyond deployment. NG911 strategic planning will be featured in this track. Also discussed will be Public Key Infrastructure (PKI), cloud-based technologies and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data development.

2 pm - 5:45 pm EDT

Emergency Communications Facilities and 911 Operations

Planning is critical to the future success of your agency's mission-critical operations. In this track, attendees will learn more about the importance of continuity-of-operations plans (COOP) and preparing for a post-pandemic future.

Day 2

9 am EDT (also available on-demand)


Public safety communications are evolving at warp speed, especially in the 911 community. Learn about short- and long-term challenges and opportunities, including those related to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as NENA’s priorities for the near term.

Brian Fontes
Chief Executive Officer, National Emergency Number Association

10 am - 1:45 pm EDT

Wireless Communications

Learn more about what's next for wireless communications, including the future of public safety broadband, data integration, and the impact of the FCC's 6GHz ruling on public safety communications networks.

2 pm - 5:45 pm EST

Data, IT and Networks

Maintaining your IT infrastructure is becoming increasingly complicated. This track will discuss IT lifecycle management, including common-sense cybersecurity, and new approaches to IT maintenance. as well as how to build a bridge between public safety and criminal justice systems.

Day 3

9 am EDT (also available on demand)


A discussion on the civil unrest that unfolded in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August 2017, with a focus on the impact it had on telecommunicators and how they have been able to learn and move on from that experience.

9 am EDT: Morgan O'Brien, Chief Executive Officer, Anterix

9:30 am EDT: Gabe Elias, Emergency Communications Center Systems Manager
Charlottesville UVA Albermarle County Emergency Communications Center

10 am - 1:45 pm EDT


Ongoing training and support are critical for ensuring success as a public-safety telecommunicator. In this half-day training session, telecommunicators will learn about the importance of building their skills through training and the resources available to support them in their role.  

2 pm - 5 pm EDT

MCP Career Fair

At MCP, we're always looking for dynamic and experienced public safety subject-matter experts. Join this session to speak with one of our SMEs about life at MCP and learn more about our open positions.

Keynote Speakers


David Furth, Deputy Chief

Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Public Safety & Homeland Security Bureau

David Furth is the Deputy Chief of the Commission's Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau.  He is responsible for overseeing policy issues pertaining to public safety and homeland security including public safety spectrum and licensing, E911, Emergency Alert System, and CALEA. Mr. Furth served as Acting Bureau Chief from January to July 2009.  


Brian Fontes - Chief Executive Officer

National Emergency Number Association

Brian Fontes currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer for the National Emergency Number Association, a position he has held since June 2008. As CEO, he is responsible for all aspects of the Association. His primary objectives are to ensure that Americans have access to reliable 9-1-1 service, 9-1-1 centers have state-of the art technologies and well-trained professionals, and sufficient funding is available so that the 9-1-1 system can best serve those who call upon it as their first voice of hope. 


Morgan O'Brien, Chief Executive Officer


O’Brien has served on Anterix’s board of directors since 2012,and became chief executive officer in April 2018.  The co-founder of Nextel, O’Brien served as the national wireless carrier’s chairman from 1987 to 1995. He was recognized as New Jersey Entrepreneur of the Year (1987) and voted RCR’s Person of the Year twice, first in 1993 and again in 2006. He is a member of the Washington, DC, Business Hall of Fame and is a Radio Club of America Fellow. O’Brien was as “one of the top U.S. wireless innovators of all time” by Fierce Wireless in 2008.


Gabe Elias, Emergency Communciations Center Manager

Albemarle County, VA Emergency Communications Center

Gabe, ECC Systems Manager for the Albemarle County Emergency Communications Center, VA brings a unique perspective to telecommunicator wellness. He was working in the ECC during the civil unrest that unfolded in Charlottesville, Virginia, on August 2017. He will discuss the impact it had on telecommunicators and how they have been able to learn and move on from that experience.


Kevin Murray, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Mission Critical Partners

One of the firm’s co-founders, Murray currently is focused on helping MCP clients and the public safety communications sector, as well as the communities they serve, realize improved emergency response outcomes. He will draw on three decades of experience in public safety to explore the essential elements of effective leadership, and why it provides the foundation for industry transformation.


Darrin Reilly, Chief Operating Officer

Mission Critical Partners

Reilly brings a wide range of technology expertise to his current role. He has spearheaded the development of high-quality and innovative services to serve the law enforcement, fire/rescue, emergency medical services and 911 sectors for three decades. He will examine the short- and long-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on public safety agencies and personnel.