Survey to collect information on interoperability communications
| 05.16.2006 | 06:58:24 | Views: 2989 | ID:
May 16 '06: The Department of Homeland Security announced on Monday that it was launching a new program designed to test the communications interoperability of law enforcement, first responders and the medical services, Fire Chief reported.
"The National Interoperability Baseline Survey is being conducted via SAFECOM, the communications program of the DHS Office for Interoperability and Compatibility. ... Questions focus on five areas that DHS feels are critical to determining an organization's capacity for interoperability," which include decision-making, operating procedures, technology, training and using communications.Washington Technology reported earlier Monday that Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said the survey will be "distributed to 23,000 state and local agencies in two weeks." Chertoff said, "The purpose of this is to be honest about what we've achieved [and] what we still need to achieve, so that we can focus on the gaps that remain and get about the business of fixing those gaps." In remarks made at a recent interoperability conference, Chertoff said, "There's no doubt that achieving interoperable communications for those on the front lines of dealing with terrorism or natural disasters is critical to enhancing our country's preparedness and response capabilities." The Baseline Survey, working through SAFECOM, will collect information from 30 sites in 9 regions around the country. The information gathered during the survey will then be released in August with a final report released in October 2006.
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