You are personally invited to improve radio communication interoperability.
Thursday – December 10, 2015
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
1500 Jefferson Building, Olympia WA
3rd floor training room 3660

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On behalf of the Washington State Interoperability Executive Committee (SIEC), and in conjunction with the Department of Homeland Security Office of Emergency Communications (OEC/ICTAP), Washington OneNet, is convening a working session to begin development of a Washington Tactical Interoperable Communications Field Operations Guide (TICFOG).

In an effort to incorporate input from radio system operators and administrators from all facets of public safety, this workshop further enhances the SIEC’s efforts to improve interoperability within Washington, provide the public safety communications community with an invaluable tool, and further enhance Washington’s Statewide Communication Interoperability Plan (SCIP), which serves as the roadmap for public safety wireless voice and data interoperability in our state. During the recent SCIP revision, stakeholders identified the critical need for a statewide Tactical Interoperable Communications Field Operations Guide (TICFOG).

OEC/ICTAP representatives Harlan Squires and Terri Coates will lead this initial December 10th, 2015 TICFOG development workshop to begin the data collection and FOG design effort.  During this session we will gather information about your communication services, needs and interoperability requirements, as well as present examples of TICFOGs from other states (including Oregon).  As a representative of the public safety communications community, this is your primary opportunity to determine what components the TICFOG will contain, how the FOG is formatted, and the features/data you would like to see incorporated. Your input will drive design and content ideas and contribute directly to the development of a much-needed public safety communications tool.  We will use this opportunity to review and discuss the TICFOG template to determine what features and information meet the needs of Washington’s public safety responders.

The expected duration of this meeting is 3-4 hours, although it could be significantly shorter if attendees already have an idea of what they would like in the FOG. Therefore, you should be knowledgeable of your local, regional or state communication assets and resources, as well as any interoperability requirements you currently utilize or may need to enhance your service capabilities throughout the state.
Please come prepared to discuss your communication system’s design/architecture, frequencies you use and/or license, and any aspects of your operations that are dependent upon interoperability with others.  Also please bring your communications resource information in digital format (laptop, flash drive, etc.) as this group will begin the data collection process.  A checklist is attached for your review in preparation for attending the workishop.

The goal of this workshop will be the identification of the form, format and content to be available in a hardcopy and on-line/electronic TICFOG specifically tailed to Washington’s public safety communications users.
Water and light snacks will be provided.

You can RSVP for the event here.  For questions or further information  regarding this event, please contact:
Roy Benavente
Telecommunications Coordinator
Washington Military Department