Barry Luke is the Deputy Executive Director of the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC), a federal of sixteen public safety organizations and associations. In that role, he coordinates all first responder committee and working group activities; represents the organization at public hearings and before federal and international organizations; coordinates development of public safety requirements recommendations for the nationwide public safety broadband network; and facilitates public safety issue identification with the FCC, DHS, and other groups.
Chief Luke retired from the Orange County (FL) Fire Rescue Department after serving as a Division Chief and Deputy Chief. He has thirty-four years of progressively responsible work in public safety communications, with shared emphasis on operational and technical issues; including twenty years of management experience in various metropolitan consolidated public safety communication centers.
He has worked as a front line fire-fighter/paramedic, flight medic, and police officer which provides insight into public safety communications goals and objectives. He has extensive disaster management experience operating as a first responder, team leader and manager. These include the 1994 serial killer response, 1996 serial church arsonist response, 1998 Tornados, 1998 Florida Wildfires, 2000 Wildfires, and a set of back to back hurricanes in 2004 [Charlie, Frances, Jeanne and Ivan].
Chief Luke was awarded Life Member status with the International Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO) and also received the Communications Center of Year Award in 2005 from the Congressional 911 Caucus for his agency's handling of four hurricane disasters.
He is known for his excellent interpersonal skills and presentation style, with documented experience before elected officials and civic groups. He is nationally recognized as a speaker and presenter on public safety communications issues.