SIEC co-chair Lacey Fire Chief Jim Broman requests feedback during a recent Public Safety Communication Summit in Spokane. Chief Broman is the SIEC representative for the Washington State Association of Fire Chiefs.

SIEC co-chair Lacey Fire Chief Jim Broman requests feedback during a recent Public Safety Communication Summit in Spokane. Chief Broman is the SIEC representative for the Washington State Association of Fire Chiefs.

Planning


"An imperfect plan today is better than a perfect plan tomorrow."
General George Patton

The above quote emerged as an overarching theme at the Public Safety Communication Summits. In all of the crisis situations presented, those with a plan in place always fared better than those without. It doesn't have to be a perfect plan, but there does need to be a plan.

The statewide plan for Washington is known as the Statewide Communication Interoperability Plan (SCIP) (pdf 2.9mb). Alignment with the SCIP (pdf 2.9mb), the National Emergency Communication Plan and the Statewide Homeland Security Strategic Plan (pdf 1.74mb) will help increase your chances of securing state and federal funding.

We have developed Seven Steps to Achieving Interoperability (pdf 104kb) to help illustrate the process to achieve interoperability. It is essential that policymakers and other non-technical professionals understand interoperability and if the discussions become technical too early in the process, necessary players may remove themselves from the discussions.

The seven steps are:

Statewide Communication Interoperability Plan (SCIP)

Included here are several documents and links you may find will aid in your efforts as you follow the seven steps to achieve interoperability:


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