February 22, 2012
Charlottesville Fire Chief Charles Werner is back home after a rare invitation to the White House.
For six years Werner has worked with various public safety officials on legislation for a nationwide public safety broadband wireless network, and that dedication has finally come to reality.
Chief Werner met with President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden in the West Wing on Tuesday as one of ten public safety representatives who attended and participated on a nationwide information call out to public safety officials.
The legislation will provide the "necessary and critical radio spectrum" and $7 billion in funding to build the network. Werner says this legislation will transform the area of public safety communications and be the most significant change in public safety communications since the introduction of walkie-talkies.
Werner was recently announced as the winner of the 2012 Governor's Fire Service Award for Excellence in Virginia's Fire Service Management.
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