Lafayette Group Supports 2017 Joint SAFECOM and NCSWIC In-Person Meetings

June 28, 2017

May 2 – 4, 2017 the Lafayette Group provided logistical and on-site support for the Joint SAFECOM and National Council of Interoperability Coordinators (NCSWIC) In-Person Meetings held in San Antonio, Texas. Lafayette Group personnel facilitated the General Session, and supported SAFECOM/NCSWIC Committee and Working Group meetings (i.e., ran presentations, administered question and answer segments, and captured lessons learned and best practices).

In advance of the SAFECOM/NCSWIC In-Person Meetings, Lafayette Group staff collaborated and engaged with federal personnel from the Office of Emergency Communications (OEC) as well as with SAFECOM and NCSWIC members to develop objectives, meeting materials, and presentations.  

During the In-Person Meetings, SAFECOM and NCSWIC members discussed and prioritized strategic initiatives designed to ensure interoperability throughout the nation’s public safety community.  Strategic initiatives include the following:

  • Educating decision makers on the need to take a holistic approach to Public Safety communications systems (i.e., Next Generation 9-1-1 [NG9-1-1], long-term evolution [LTE], land mobile radio [LMR], alerts and warnings) with an emphasis on avoiding the establishment of stove-piped governance structures
  • Updating the COMU program to reflect LMR/LTE/Broadband systems support
  • Assisting states with updating their Statewide Communication Interoperability Plans (SCIPs) to include a roadmap for Public Safety Communications systems for the state

Formed in 2001 after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, SAFECOM consists of over 65 representatives from intergovernmental and national public safety associations, elected and appointed officials, and emergency responders from state, local, territorial, and tribal agencies.

NCSWIC is comprised of Statewide Interoperability Coordinators (SWIC) from the 56 States and U.S. Territories. Central to the NCSWIC purpose is the promotion and coordination of activities designed to ensure the highest level of public safety communications across the nation.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Office of Emergency Communications (OEC) is the lead coordinating and program management office for both SAFECOM and NCSWIC. OEC, SAFECOM, and NCSWIC collaborate to promote best practices, governance, and lessons learned related to public safety communications and interoperability.

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