Dusty Rhoads is a Branch Chief within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Emergency Communications (OEC). Mr. Rhoads is responsible for supporting OEC in its mission to accelerate and attain operable and interoperable emergency communications among public safety agencies and across Federal, State, local and tribal governments nationwide.
The Partnerships Branch, which Mr. Rhoads leads, provides support to SAFECOM, the National Council of Statewide Interoperable Coordinators (NCSWIC), the Emergency Communications Preparedness Center, (ECPC) the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC). These groups focus on improving emergency communications capabilities and work to inform and provide recommendations to all disciplines across all levels of government.
Throughout his career at DHS, Mr. Rhoads has served on committees and working groups representing DHS, including the most recent FCC Task Force on Optimization of PSAP Architecture, the NPSTC Assessment of Future Spectrum and Technology, the FCC Technical Advisory Board for First Responder Interoperability, and the NPSTC Broadband High Level Launch Requirements.
Prior to serving in DHS, Mr. Rhoads served nearly 30 years Fairfax County, Virginia Fire and Rescue Department before retiring as a Battalion Fire Chief in 2008. He has also worked as an engineer in the private sector. His achievements as an engineer include requirements development, integrating, testing, and demonstrating public safety systems and applications.