Commonwealth Interoperability Coordinator’s Office (CICO)

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Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security
Office of Interoperable Communications
1111 East Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23219

Brandon Smith --

Join the First Responders Community of Practice (FRCoP)

You are invited to join the Interoperability Community on the DHS First Responder Communities of Practice (FRCoP). The Region based communities on the FRCoP provide a forum for RPAC-I members to coordinate and plan operationally and tactically at the regional level, and helps the state collect regional perspective and input in order make informed interoperability decisions.

What You Can Do on the FRCoP

  • Join Communities that interest you
  • Collaborate on wikis, blogs and discussion boards
  • Find, share and store documents and best practices
  • Create and search profiles
  • Connect, chat, and email with other professionals

How You Can Join

More than 1,200 vetted members use the Website, located at, to discuss emergency preparedness, response, recovery, and other homeland security issues. As the Virginia Statewide Interoperability Coordinator (SWIC), I will be serving as your sponsor. Below is the information needed to complete the registration process.

Name: Mike Landefeld
Title: Virginia Statewide Interoperable Communications Director
Organization Name: Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security
Phone: (804) 363-5794

Your membership should be approved quickly, and once you are a member of the FRCoP, you can begin using the site to coordinate and share information on all issues related to your region’s RPAC-I. I strongly recommend that you join and participate in the community.

FRCoP Information and Background

First Responder Communities of Practice, established by the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate (DHS S&T), is the country’s premiere online collaboration platform for the public safety and homeland security community.

While all site members can join, participate, and access content within open communities, restricted communities will remain accessible only to those members that are approved by the Community Administrator. The First Responder Communities of Practice team vets all new users to ensure the authenticity of members and to keep the focus of the site on homeland security, emergency preparedness, response and recovery.

Who Can Join: First responders, Members of the following groups, if engaged in homeland security: Government employees, Government-sponsored academic professionals, contractors, and citizens

Other Communities Include:

The Search and Rescue Working Group: This Community serves as a clearinghouse for all search and rescue fields, including wilderness, urban, maritime, and aeronautical. This community will provide a platform for practitioners in these fields to discuss and share ideas across disciplines.

Type III All Hazards Incident Management Team (AHIMT): A designated team of trained personnel representing multi-agencies, multi-jurisdictions, and multi-disciplines for extended incidents, Type III All Hazard Incident Management Teams (AHIMT) are formed and managed at the State, regional, metropolitan level, or DHS Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) region. This community is for existing members and those interested in joining Type III AHIMTs to coordinate, collaborate, discuss, and share resources and information in support of planning, training, and overall preparedness in the event of AHIMT Deployment.

The Fire Community: An open community for fire-related information, and a space for collaboration for those working in fire-related areas, including intelligence, GIS, and social media for fire preparedness and response.

Implementing NIMS: This community is an open forum for discussion and exchange of tools, tips, and techniques for implementing NIMS in government, and to discuss problems, barriers, and technologies that hurt or help NIMS implementation.

Emergency Medical Services (EMS): This Community provides a platform for those in the EMS field to find and share EMS-related information, resources, best practices, lessons learned, and policies. Focus areas include rural and urban EMS issues and EMS advocacy.