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Monday, July 16, 2012

May 2012 WI SCIP Implementation workshop report released for comment

The Statewide Communication Interoperability Plan (SCIP) continues to be a critical tool to help Wisconsin prioritize resources, establish or strengthen governance, and address interoperability gaps.  The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Office of Emergency Communications (OEC) continues to support States and territories in the implementation of their SCIP by providing annual SCIP Implementation Workshops.  These participatory and hands-on workshops bring together Federal, State, local, tribal, and territorial representatives to identify and address communications interoperability gaps to facilitate successful implementation of the SCIP.

Wisconsin conducted its SCIP Implementation Workshop on May 1, 2012, with a focus on planning for wireless broadband.  The Wireless Broadband Workshop assists States in developing a strategic narrative for broadband planning activities and initiatives in preparation for the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN).  The objectives for Wisconsin were to gain a consistent understanding of wireless broadband for public safety, define broadband initiatives for inclusion in the Statewide Communication Interoperability Plan (SCIP), and increase coordination among stakeholders and between the Interoperability Council.  This report provides a summary of the one day Workshop.

The Interoperability Council will be discussing and consider action on incorporating the recommendations contained in this report.  Your input is welcomed and can be forwarded to Tony Peterson at

Download the SCIP Implementation workshop report here

Friday, June 29, 2012

13 Wisconsin Amateur Radio Operators Participate in AuxComm Training

During an intensive two day course held on June 9-10, 13 amateur radio operators from around Wisconsin participated in Auxiliary Emergency Communications (AEC), a new NIMS/ICS course.


The AEC course integrates Auxiliary Emergency Communicators into the public safety/service communications support environment through emergency incidents, planned events, and training exercises. Communicators are also integrated within the emergency management structure at Emergency Operations Centers in addition to other organizations like the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, and various hospitals.


During the course, participants were instructed in incident response protocols as well as coordination with communications personnel and other agencies. In addition, the AEC course demonstrated proper installation, operation and maintenance of auxiliary communications systems. The course provided a standardized base of knowledge that can be used both within the state as well as between states and educated individuals on how to work closely with the public safety community to insure interoperable communication.


The AEC course was made available by the Office of Justice Assistance through a Technical Assistance request from the Office of Emergency Communication. Work is currently in progress to formalize this as a NIMS Resource Typed Position, and a Position Task Book is being created for credentialing. With enough interest, it is hoped the course will be offered again in the near future.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Updating the Statewide Communications Interoperability Plan (SCIP)

In 2007, Wisconsin adopted its first Statewide Communications Interoperability Plan (SCIP).  The plan defined both short and long term goals to improved voice and data communications among public safety first responders.


Below are links to two documents as we begin to update the SCIP: 

  • The SCIP Progress Update reports our progress on existing goals and objectives.
  • The Summary of SCIP Workshop Input provides a topical list of new or refined proposals for inclusion in an updated SCIP Plan.  The topical input was obtained through two previous meetings with stakeholders.

This information is being re-distributed to you for further comment.  You may want to consider telling us your perspective on relative priorities between topics or even some refinement or modification of a topic.


Your input is important and would assist the Interoperability Council represent the interests of all public safety.


There will be open discussion on this matter at the Interoperability Symposium on January 17, 2012 in Wausau WI


For further input or questions, please contact Tony Peterson at

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

FCC reminder notice on narrowband transition deadline

The Federal Communications Commission has issued a public notice reminding licensees, frequency coordinators, equipment manufacturers, and other interested parties of the Federal Communications Commissionís January 1, 2013 deadline for private land mobile radio licensees in the 150-174 MHz and 421-512 MHz (VHF/UHF) bands to migrate to narrowband (12.5 kHz or narrower) technology.

Download the FCC public notice on the narrowbanding deadline

Friday, December 09, 2011

Register now for the 2012 Interoperability Symposium

Please join us at the 2012 Wisconsin Interoperability Symposium.  The meeting will be held in the Wausau area on January 17th and 18th.  The event will bring together public safety stakeholders from across the state to learn and discuss issues affecting Wisconsin interoperability. The symposium is a great opportunity to learn about statewide interoperability activities, and is grant-funded, so there are no conference fees.  

The event will also feature several stimulating interoperability break-out sessions:

  • Interoperability 101:  A safe place to have your communications technology questions answered in laymanís terms. 
  • ACU Bootcamp:  Learn how to maximize your ACU product

The event is being held in conjunction with the annual State System Management Group (SSMG) meeting and will offer stakeholders an opportunity to learn more about Wisconsin's public safety radio communications strategies.  You will also get an opportunity to comment on some of the new initiatives Wisconsin is considering for the Statewide Communications Interoperability Plan (SCIP) update.   Space is limited, so please visit the following website for more information and to register online:

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