Takes Interoperability Training on the Road
you're one of Kentucky's first responders - the first to
arrive on the scene during an emergency - you already know
the challenges you face communicating with other public
safety responders by radio. Multiple agencies operating
on multiple frequencies using various protocols makes effective
communication difficult. It's
this lack of interoperability between first responders that
drove the need to create the Kentucky Wireless Interoperability
Executive Committee (KWIEC) in 2003. KWIEC was formed to
address communications interoperability, a homeland security
issue which is critical to the ability of public safety
first responders to communiate with each other by radio.
"It is more
than obvious that something is wrong when the only
way for police officers from neighboring departments
to communicate with one another is to pull their cruisers
side by side and roll down their windows."
National Institute of Justice
KWIEC is taking interoperability training on the road to introduce
Kentuckys Public Safety Awareness Initiative Program to
first responders statewide.
goals of the program are:
- To establish educational sessions
as an outreach strategy for public safety personnel
- To educate first responders and stakeholders
of the importance of communication interoperability
- To engage local and state leaders regarding
communication interoperability that contributes to a secure,
seamless communication infrastructure among public safety personnel
The training will cover the importance
of coordination and partnerships, wireless technology, issues
of funding and spectrum management. The training program has been
funded with federal homeland security grant money and the first
training sessions will begin in May. The programs will be open
to first responders and representatives of government and will
be taking place in state facilities across Kentucky.
|Spectrum Management: One Example
Public safety radio spectrum refers to the array of channels,
like those on a television, available for communications transmissions.
These channels are a finite natural resource - they cannot
be created or discovered. In many communities, not enough
spectrum is available for public safety use in general. Even
less is available for interoperability purposes. Scarce spectrum
results in congested radio channels and increased interference,
limiting the ability of public safety personnel to communicate.
To find out more about the formation
of KWIEC, see House
To learn about KWIEC's expanding role in statewide interoperability,
Bill 226 which was passed on March 23, 2004 and has been sent
to Governor Fletcher for signage.