Baseline interoperability survey findings released
| 12.11.2006 | 06:05:43 | Views: 2755 | ID:
December 11 '06: In order to assess the nation's interoperable communications for first responders, and addressing the need for a definition of baseline communications abilities, the Department of Homeland Security released its National Baseline Survey on Interoperability a departmental release reported recently.
6,816 agencies responded to a randomly selected questionnaire sent to 22,400 first responder agencies across the US. "Survey findings indicate that agencies tend to be more developed in technology than they are in culturally related areas like standard operating procedures and exercises.""It showed that cross-discipline and cross jurisdiction interoperability at local levels tend to be more advanced that it is between state and local agencies. In addition, law enforcement, fire response and EMS agencies reported similar levels of development in most areas of interoperability," the DHS website read. A fact sheet detailed the report's findings. Among the aforementioned findings of technological prowess, communication and information-sharing, responder agencies have shown that "Moderate levels of progress in technical approaches, implementation, exercises, command and control, and standard operating procedures correlate to more frequent and regular use of interoperability solutions." The study was meant by officials to be a "benchmark" of interoperable achievement to be used as an assessment tool for later development and growth of agencies, Homeland Security Watch posted on its blog over the weekend.
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