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SCIP Monthly Update February 2011


February 10, 2011


State of Maine Communcations Interoperability Plan SCIP)

National Emergency Communications Plan Goal 2

The Department of Homeland Security's Office of emergency communications OEC)developed the National emergency communications Plan (NECP)to establish goals and priorities for improving emergency communications across the United States. The NECP's three goals establish a baseline level of interoperable emergency communications during routine, day-to-day incidents, and for responses to significant, large-scale disasters. NECP Goal 2 focuses on the demonstration of response-level emergency communications by all counties or county-equivalents during routine incidents or events.

Importance of Goal 2 Demonstration

OEC is working with States to measure NECP Goals through an assessment process that is designed to improve the understanding of emergency communications and focus improvement activities, such as:

  • Identifying emergency communications needs
  • Developing plans for future emergency communcations investments
  • Targeting resources and assistance to where support is needed most.

Goal 2 Data Collection and Reporting

Every county or county-equivalent will report on two types of information related to response level emergency communications: capabilities and performance.

Capability data is based on the foundational elemments described in the

SAFECOM Interoperability Continuum.

Performance information collection focuses on the ability of primary operational leadership to communicate, manage resources, and make timely decisions during an incident, exercise, or planned event.

OEC is working with the Statewide Interoperability Coordinators (SWIC)to support the Goal 2 data collection process. SWICs will provide State and local personnel with information on reporting requirements, including the avialability of a web-based tool developed by OEC to make data entry and reporting easy.

MEMA will provide training and more information in the coming months.

The Response-Level Communications tool is a useful device for evaluating events and incidents to support Goal 2 data collection and any future evaluation efforts.

MEMA releases DVD in regards to Narrowbanding

In September MEMA released a DVD "Narrowbanding Will You Be Ready" that explains the Narrowbanding dilemma facing all of us. If you would like a copy of this DVD please contact Steven Mallory at (207)624-4476.


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How to Modify you FCC License for Narrowband

The Narrowband tool was created to assist local agencies in modifying their FCC licenses for narrowband. the information shared during this overview is outlined below:

  • The narrobanding tool provides a step-by-step guide which allows licensees to modify their own licenses. This saves the licensee money that they normally would pay to hire a technologist to modify their license.

  • To ensure that public safety agencies were aware of the narrowbanding mandate, Maine conducted outreach to public safety agencies through the Maine Emergency Management agency website, email, mail, and public service Narrowband DVD.

To utilize this tool go to the MEMA's website and then Narrowbanding section or follow the link below:

Cross Border Workshop

In January the Maine emergency Management Agency (MEMA) held Cross Border workshops in Caribou and Calais to help identify technical and procedural issues and tasked to find recommendations to correct them. this is an item in the Maine State Interoperability Plan (SCIP) as well as the National Emergency communication Plan (NECP). we need to bring our partners together to identify all the cross border technical and precedural issues and recommendations to correct. This initiative is not related to any other programs.

With the working group recommendations, MEMA continues to create a flip book that will identify these aforementioned items. This book, called the Border Interoperability Guide (BIG) is a guide that will enable public safety entities from Maine and Canada to quickly reference operating channels in their respective areas as well as contact numbers, location of radio cache, CONOPS, and other information in the case of an event..

Both Workshops were well received and valuable information was obtained, many thanks to all those that were involved in addressing these important issues. Identified problems were addressed and solutions sought by all those attending with thoughtful insight and experience. difficult solutions led to sometimes basic cooperations and understanding between neighboring communities and they have been doing this for many years without assistance and it works. the direction that the group would like to go is to continue with Cross Border workshops to finalize the MOU's more bi-country trainings, exercises, and limited regulation and/or resistance from Federal entities. They also expressed assistance and guidance from Federal, State as long as it does not hinder their relationships and responsibilities. the last workshop is planned for March in Somerset/Franklin County. If you have questions or comment please contact Steven Mallory at (207) 624-4476.

Want To Check Your Narrowband License Status Of Your Town, City, or County?

OEC/ICTAP has created a Public Safety Technology Assistance Tool where you can check the status of your Narrowband license or those of your neighbors. Follow the link below, or go to the MEMA Narrowbanding website.

  • Select State
  • Select County
  • Select Cities
  • Select Frequencies and Transmitter types
  • Select Radio Services
  • Click on Map Data

A box will pop up that will show you your respective area and the total amount of Transmitters in that area:

  • Green balloon - Narrowband Transmitter
  • Blue balloon - Narrowband and Wideband
  • Red balloon - Wideband Transmitter

You can click on any of the balloons and it will show you the name and the call sign, and if it is Narrowband, Wideband or both. It will also show you the address, point of contact and license status.

Some other features of this tool are:

  • You can run a report and save to an excel file
  • You can search for mobiles
  • You can search by frequency
  • You can search by Call Sign

The 3rd Annual Maine Partners in Emergency Preparedness Conference
Augusta Civic Center
Thursday & Friday - April 28 - 29, 2011

Partner with over 400 1st Responders, Government Officials, Emergency Managers, Business Leaders, School Administrators, Health & Human Service Providers, Faith-Based Leaders and VOAD Members

Register now at:

Don't miss this two day learning experience.

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Steven Mallory


Last update: 07/20/10