Interoperability

Public Safety Broadband

Public Safety Broadband Network (PSBN) offers a solution that addresses many of the connectivity issues faced by public safety during times of emergency.  Its advocates cite the needs of first responders and public safety professionals to have unfettered access to wireless communications in order to improve their ability to respond to incidents safely and effectively. The challenge lies in making all of this a reality in the current fiscal environment.  Due to rising costs and shrinking federal grant programs, public safety communications budgets are stretched to the breaking point. It is now widely understood that broadband technologies will not replace Land Mobile Radio (LMR) as the primary means of voice communications for public safety in the near future, but will supplement them. This means that the funding and expense associated with the operations and maintenance of the PSBN will be a supplement to that which is supporting existing LMR systems.


Regional Preparedness Advisory Committee for Interoperability (RPAC-I)

The purpose of the RPAC-I is to work as a committee at the regional level to address interoperability project priorities, including utilization of grant funding and addressing communication challenges.  Representatives from the seven (7) RPAC-I’s provide perspectives and input to the statewide interoperability decision making process.  An extension of membership beyond emergency planners will include county administrators, IT professionals with emergency response expertise, and operations personnel.


Statewide Interoperability Executive Committee (SIEC)

SIEC Meeting

February 10th, 2017
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Virginia Dept. of Fire Programs

The purpose of the SIEC is to assist in the defining and implementation of initiatives outlined in the SCIP.  Current members of the SIEC draw upon the experience and knowledge of emergency responders’ needs and capabilities.  Through this medium, strategic guidance and recommendations are given to the State Interoperability Executive Committee Coordinating Committee, the Office of Public Safety and Homeland Security, and the Governor.  The refinement of the SIEC Membership will give way to facilitate execution of the goals and initiative in the SCIP.  Membership will consist of county administrators, IT professionals with emergency response expertise, and operations personnel. The refinement of SIEC membership has been voted on by SIEC members and has regional input from the RPAC-I representatives. 


Mid-Atlantic Consortium for Interoperable Nationwide Advanced Communications (MACINAC)

The SWICs of Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia created MACINAC to implement a multi-state approach to planning and deployment of the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN). The six (6) SWICs submitted joint comments to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) in response to a request for information (RFI) to help establish the State and Local Implementation Grant Program (SLIGP), an independent authority within NTIA required by the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 to build and manage a nationwide wireless broadband network for public safety.