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South Surrey safety advocate receives national award

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E-Comm's Vice-President of Technology Services Mike Webb (left) receives a Canadian Interoperability Technology Interest Group (CITIG) National Award of Excellence in Public Safety Interoperability from Ottawa Paramedic Service Supt. Greg Furlong, CITIG secretary. The award was presented on Dec. 3 at CITIG's sixth annual Canadian Public Safety Interoperability Workshop in Toronto.
— image credit: Albert Wong Photography (courtesy of CITIG)

A South Surrey man honoured this fall for his “dedication and leadership in advancing public-safety practices” has yet another distinction under his belt.

Mike Webb, Ecomm’s vice-president of technology services,  received a National Award of Excellence in Public Safety Interoperability from the Canadian Interoperability Technology Interest Group (CITIG).

The award was presented Dec. 3 at the CITIG’s sixth annual Canadian Public Safety Interoperability Workshop in Toronto. It recognizes Webb’s leadership and vision in advancing public-safety communications interoperability efforts in Canada – both for his “groundbreaking” work in B.C. and contribution to national interoperability efforts as a member of CITIG and Senior Officials Responsible for Emergency Management (SOREM) Interoperability Working Group.

Webb is working with CITIG and partners across the country to secure 20 MHz of spectrum in the 700MHz wireless band for dedicated emergency service use. It’s needed, officials say, so that first responders aren’t competing with the public when sending vital communications over the network during emergencies.

Webb received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal Oct. 21.

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