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SCIP Monthly Update November 2008


November 15, 2008



DHS has announced the next round of available grants for Interoperable Emergency Communications Grant Program (IECGP). Maine will receive the same amount as last year, $242,875.00. We have not received any specific guidance on the use of the funds. Information will be shared as soon as it is available.


MEMA and OIT continue to work on the RFP for the purchase of a radio cache that will be provided to NIMS compliant communities.

State Communications Coordinator

This position is currently on hold due to the State of Maine’s hiring freeze. We are working to get an exemption approved as this is 100% federally funded position. MEMA staff continue to share the responsibility of this project.

Maine Interoperable Communications Committee (MICC)

The MICC met on November 5, 2008 to review the overall accomplishments of the SCIP, Grant Awards, and future requirements. The MICC will be meeting again in January 2009.

Training Options

Over the last several months, the PSIC Training Team has worked hard to develop a communications training curriculum that will be available in several mediums.

  1. Classroom Training
    • Listed on MEMA Calendar when scheduled. Please contact Mike Grant to schedule training at 624-4400.
    • 12 CONOPS TTT sessions/149 students.
    • 2 County sessions reported with 31 students.
  2. DVD (will be handed out during classroom training)
  3. Online training at You will need to register in order to take the online class. To date, we have had over 250 people participate in the online training course.
  4. Visor Cards

MEMA has produced laminated CONOPS forms that can be placed in Incident Commander vechilces to assist with designation of frequencies during events. Visor cards, grease pencils and clips will be available to Incident Commanders very soon. These will be distributed through County EMA offices and/or handed out at training sessions.


  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Plain Language Guide: Developed to assist first responders transition from the use of 10-codes to plain language during radio communications.
  • The Office of Emergency Communications will be providing each state an opportunity to host a workshop to assist with the SCIP Implementation. In February 2009, MEMA will host a workshop that will include OEC experts to assist us in determining our future strategies.

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State’s Interoperability Vision

The State of Maine will have a firmly established, formally managed and maintainable communications environment, based on technology, protocols, training and usage, that will provide seamless communications capability to all emergency management, first responder, and response support organizations at the local, regional and State levels, enabling them to exchange information via voice and data means, as required by standard NIMS response procedures, to provide effective, coordinated and timely all hazards response to our citizens





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