Tompkins County
New York


Adoption of Inter-Municipal Emergency Communications Agreement and Bylaws – Emergency Response Oversight Committee (EROC)


Department:Department of Emergency ResponseSponsors:
Category:Advisory Boards/CommitteesFunctions:Bylaws, Emergency Communications Rev. and Oversight Comm.


  1. Printout
  2. EROC memo (This file has not yet been converted to a viewable format)
  3. erocres (This file has not yet been converted to a viewable format)
  4. FINAL DRAFT 8 Agreement 072717 (This file has not yet been converted to a viewable format)
  5. FINAL DRAFT 12 Bylaws 072717 (This file has not yet been converted to a viewable format)
  6. EROC bylaws adopted 10-3-17 (This file has not yet been converted to a viewable format)
  7. EROC Agreement adopted 10-3-17 (This file has not yet been converted to a viewable format)

Resolution/Document Body

WHEREAS, the local governments of Tompkins County and our emergency response community have since 1950 worked collaboratively to develop and implement a variety of shared communications systems and technologies that provide our responders with necessary, reliable, and resilient tools to assist in the performance of public safety protection, and


WHEREAS, the County has long provided for the diverse, inclusive involvement and input of the many response disciplines, municipalities, and County departments in developing and administering these shared assets and functions under the auspices of advisory boards, inter-municipal committees, and user groups, and


WHEREAS, the County recognizes the hard work, dedication, and outstanding results contributed to these initiatives and operations through the efforts of the Fire, Disaster, and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Advisory Board (first organized in 1950), the E911 Task Force (established in 1990), the 911 Operations Committee (1998), the expanded Emergency Communications Review and Oversight Committee (2002), the Law Enforcement Technology Shared Services (LETSS) Group (2008), the Fire and EMS Technology Committee (FEMTech, 2014), and the respective fire, EMS, and law enforcement associations, and


WHEREAS, these efforts resulted in the implementation of Enhanced 911 (1997), wireless 911 (2000), consolidated dispatch operations (2001-2004), an Emergency Communications Center (2004), the Public Safety Communications System (land mobile radio, 2008), shared Traffic and Criminal Software (TraCS, 2009),  expansive Computer Aided Dispatch and Records Management Systems (CAD/RMS, 2010), and multiple shared data repositories enhanced through the deployment of mobile data terminals (MDTs, 2010-2016), all of which have produced integrated, state-of-the-art networks, applications, and operations, and


WHEREAS, the establishment of the National Incident Management System (NIMS), as adopted by the Tompkins County Legislature in August 2006 and by all local governments thereafter, has institutionalized and continually reinforced the principles of unified command, incident management, and interoperable communications systems and strategies, and


WHEREAS, the sophistication and continued integration of both legacy and developing communications systems, technologies, and protocols will require even more collaboration, coordination, and participatory governance, and


WHEREAS, the functions of these many boards, committees, and groups have consequently, yet unofficially, converged to leverage the respective assets and infrastructure for use by an increasing pool of responder agencies, and


WHEREAS, evolving Next Generation 911 technologies, advancing data applications and unfolding public safety broadband networks will further require our public safety agencies to synthesize operations and more closely cooperate in the development of operating procedures and protocols, and


WHEREAS, moving forward, the various advisory bodies and users groups have agreed that a reconstituted ECROC, that incorporates, within this broad governance structure, the continued efforts of the various users groups, including LETSS, FEMTech, and the Law Enforcement and Fire and EMS Committees, will best serve the collective needs of the local governments and responders for future shared initiatives and operations, now therefore be it 


RESOLVED, on recommendation of the Public Safety Committee, That the Emergency Communications Review and Oversight Committee (ECROC) is hereby reconstituted and renamed as the Emergency Response and Oversight Committee (EROC) and that the EROC Bylaws and Inter-municipal Tompkins County Emergency Response Oversight Committee Agreement be adopted and filed with the Clerk of the Legislature,


RESOLVED, further, That those currently appointed members of ECROC whose memberships remain identified for continued membership on the EROC shall transfer to the new body and that newly designated members will be appointed in conformance with the Policies and Procedures of Tompkins County Government, Policy 01-26,


RESOLVED, further, That Resolution No. 112 of 2009, “Adoption of Inter-municipal Law Enforcement Technology Shared Service (LETSS) Group Agreement and Bylaws - Law Enforcement Technology Shared Service (LETSS),” is hereby rescinded and all functions hereafter transferred to the EROC and its identified committee structures.



Meeting History

Sep 25, 2017 3:30 PM  Public Safety Committee Regular Meeting

Following a brief discussion about the additional stakeholders and the membership of the new advisory board, it was agreed that a side-by-side list of memberships for the Emergency Communications Review and oversight Committee (ECROC) and the Emergency Response Oversight Committee (ERCO) would be provided prior to the Legislature meeting as requested by Ms. Robertson.

MOVER:Anna Kelles, Member
SECONDER:Martha Robertson, Member
AYES:Rich John, James Dennis, Anna Kelles, Martha Robertson
Oct 3, 2017 5:30 PM Media Tompkins County Legislature Regular Meeting

The Legislature agreed to the suggested changes submitted by Legislator Kiefer as friendly amendments to the bylaws and agreement.

MOVER:Rich John, Member
SECONDER:Anna Kelles, Member
AYES:Will Burbank, Carol Chock, James Dennis, Rich John, Anna Kelles, Dooley Kiefer, Daniel Klein, Michael Lane, Leslyn McBean-Clairborne, Martha Robertson, David McKenna, Glenn Morey, Michael Sigler